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...]

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...]

A Druid in the Marketplace of Religions

07 30 Cliffs of Mohor

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Facilitating Religious Experiences

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Religious experiences happen when individuals are ready and when the gods so desire. All we can do as priests and priestesses is to make them easier, and we do that best when we understand they will come in the way they will come and not in the way we’d like them to come. [Read more...]

Danu

Danu statue by Maxine Miller

Polytheism brings the opportunity to learn about and experience many deities. This is my experience of the Goddess Danu. [Read more...]


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