A Skeptic’s Guide to Gods and Spirits

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We live in a thoroughly materialist culture – many of us are reluctant to discuss our spiritual experiences for fear of being dismissed, ridiculed, or even shunned. Yet these experiences are real, powerful, and waiting for us to figure out what they mean. What can skeptics do when they counter Gods and spirits? [Read more...]

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Listening To The Gods

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When we listen to the Gods we allow Them to speak to us here and now. If we want to avoid following the monotheistic religions into stagnant orthodoxy and an obsession with the written word, let’s learn to experience Them directly and intimately. [Read more...]

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Religion and Smart People – A Reasonable Response to Unreasonable Smugness

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Don’t try to tell me I need to abandon a path that’s proved meaningful and helpful just because some people believe some dumb things and some smart people don’t believe anything at all. Religion is much more than belief. [Read more...]

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Samhain: Looking Toward Death

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Death is a part of life. We contemplate death not to make sure we believe the “right” things about it, but to overcome our fears so we can spend our lives living as fully as possible. [Read more...]

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A Druid in the Marketplace of Religions

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I’ve been harmed by false certainty, so I try to make it clear what I know and what I believe – and when I’m guessing. I can’t tell you what to believe and what to do because I don’t know, and I wouldn’t take responsibility for your spiritual life if I could. But that doesn’t mean I have nothing to say to the Pagan community and to the wider world. [Read more...]

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A Reasoned Defense of Paganism

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There are lots of people who want to convert Pagans, either to fundamentalist Christianity or to atheism. While we have every right to decline the debate, I rather enjoy it. Besides, if you can’t rationally defend your beliefs and practices – to yourself if not to others – then you may want to take a closer look at your religion. [Read more...]

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Am I Doing It Right?

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Wondering “am I doing it right?” is a good thing. It’s a sign you’re taking your religion seriously. [Read more...]

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Why I Am a Devotional Polytheist

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My beliefs about the Gods flow from my experience of the Gods. Of the various conceptions of the Gods currently being discussed and practiced within modern Paganism, devotional polytheism best matches my experiences. [Read more...]

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