An Introduction to Religious Experience

There is a great lack of understanding of religious experience in our contemporary Western society. This is not surprising. Religious experiences are messy, they’re subjective, and they don’t play by the rules of orthodoxy – they’re hard for religious leaders to control. [Read more…]

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The Lack of Respect for Wild Animals

Not only do we not fear animals that could harm us, we don’t respect them. We act like they’re here solely for our amusement. This usually ends badly for the animals involved. [Read more…]

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UUs and Multifaith – Even Better Than You Think

UUA President Rev. Peter Morales says “the future of liberal religion is multifaith.” I’m in strong agreement with this idea, but I’m not sure he understands just how deep it can be if it’s done right. [Read more…]

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Dispassionately Dissecting Religion

Pulitzer Prize winning geography professor Jared Diamond presented yet another non-theistic explanation of the origins of religion. He overlooked the most important factor: the interaction of humans with Gods and spirits. [Read more…]

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Honoring All the Fallen

Let us remember our warrior dead – it is right and good to celebrate their courage and valor. But let us also remember the fallen of war who never should have been in harm’s way in the first place, and those whose wounds killed them slowly instead of suddenly. [Read more…]

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Pagans and the Past – It’s Complicated

Stick around for a while and you’ll find a lot of people in love with the past. It connects us to our origins, and it reminds us that what we see on the streets and on the television isn’t the only way to live. [Read more…]

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Mead For The Morrigan

The Morrigan has been an ally, helping me with things I could not do myself. She’s been an inspiration, giving me things to think, talk, and write about. And She’s been a general, giving orders and expecting them to be followed. [Read more…]

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Belief and the Experience of Awe

A psychological study says that awe-inspiring moments increase our tendency to believe in Gods and magic. While the study is based on non-theistic assumptions, its findings can be helpful to Pagans and other religious people. [Read more…]

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