Setting The World Straight

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In discussing Henry David Thoreau, mid-20th century American writer E.B. White said “Walden is the report of a man torn by two powerful and opposing drives – the desire to enjoy the world and the urge to set the world straight.” I am no Thoreau, but that statement describes my current conundrum quite accurately.I’m a Pagan in part because I see the world as something to enjoy. Our world is not fallen, it is becoming. Yes, life can be hard, and suffering is never far away, but there is so much … [Read more...]

Pagan Priests, Pagan Ministers

Pompeii Basilica

Sam Webster had an interesting essay on Saturday’s Wild Hunt titled Ministry and Duty to Report. In it, he used the legal mandate for clergy to report suspected abuse to call for Pagan educational and accreditation institutions. Sam said: A minster … has a legally-mandated duty to report sexual abuse of minors, abuse of elders, as well as reporting responsibilities with respect to harm to self (suicide) and harm to others (assault, murder). This is founded on the presumption that the minister is … [Read more...]

Paying Pagan Clergy – An Organic Approach

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Over on Pagan Square, David Oliver Kling has a long essay advocating for full-time paid Pagan clergy.  Though as I write this the essay itself has no comments, it’s generated quite a bit of discussion on social media.  Most of it falls into two camps:  those who say Pagan priests perform valuable services for which they should be compensated, and those whose sense of egalitarianism is threatened by anything resembling ecclesial hierarchy.  Both camps have valid points, but I think both are missi … [Read more...]

The Earth, The Gods and The Soul

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The Earth, The Gods and The Soul – A History of Pagan Philosophy from the Iron Age to the 21st Century by Brendan Myers published by Moon Books, November  2013 326 pages $15.74 in paperback, $7.69 on KindleThe days when the English majors’ charge of “barbarian engineer” was accurate were over many years ago.  Yes, I spent most of my time in college studying technical and business subjects, but my education didn’t stop with graduation.  Between reading, listening, traveling, and a lot of t … [Read more...]

Five Ritualists at Dinner

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From the comments on my last post, both here and (appropriately enough) on social media, I’m far from the only one who has dreams of a Druid college.  This isn’t surprising – formal education is prominent in our lives.  From the time we’re old enough to leave our mothers for a few hours we’re in school:  kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school.  Many of us go on to college or university and some of us go back again, and again.  We’re told that education is the key to a good li … [Read more...]

Philosophy and Institutions

Brendan Myers

Episode 120 of the long-running Wigglian Way Pagan Podcast is out and it features a lecture by Dr. Brendan Myers on the history of Pagan philosophy.  It’s a preview from his new book The Earth, The Gods and The Soul - A History of Pagan Philosophy: From the Iron Age to the 21st Century, currently scheduled to for release on November 7.  The podcast is well worth the almost 2-hour running time.  In addition to Brendan’s talk, there’s new music from Bekah Kelso, Sharon Knight, and Kelliann … [Read more...]

Worship the Gods

Sophia from Celsus Library in Ephesus

Author and philosopher Brendan Myers has a new blog post with the rather provocative title of “The worship of the gods is not what matters.”  And provoke me it did – my gut level response was “of course worship matters!”But I found Myers’ essay to be quite reasonable.  Go read it and then come back – it’s not long.  If you’re inclined to disagree don’t form a rebuttal as you read – read it in as neutral a frame of mind as you can.  If you feel the need to rebut, you can do it later.Brenda … [Read more...]


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