Why Pagan Theology Is Important

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Western culture is filled with Christian assumptions, many of them unstated. If we are to make Paganism and polytheism accessible to ordinary people, we need to challenge these assumptions and offer well-reasoned, well-articulated alternatives. [Read more...]

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Can We Trust the Gods?

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Some Pagans act as if the Gods are our kindly grandparents. Others act as if the Gods are as deadly and unpredictable as rattlesnakes. Can we trust Them? These are the thoughts and experiences of one polytheist. [Read more...]

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What a Polytheist learned from Unitarian Universalists

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Although it is safer to be a heretic today than in the past, claiming that identity carries certain obligations: you can’t flaunt your non-conformity while simultaneously demanding conformity from others. Well, you can, but it makes you look like a hypocritical fool. [Read more...]

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How Do We Know What the Gods Want?

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Unquestioning belief is not a Pagan virtue. How do we know what we know about the Gods? It requires using all our ways of knowing. [Read more...]

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Thinking About the Gods

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If you believe the Gods are many and have agency then you cannot also believe They can’t affect you unless you permit it. The two propositions are logically inconsistent. [Read more...]

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Cernunnos

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We know little about Cernunnos from ancient times, but it is fitting that a God of Nature must be met in Nature and not in books. This is my experience of Cernunnos. [Read more...]

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The Earth, The Gods and The Soul

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The Earth, The Gods and The Soul by Brendan Myers is the philosophy book I needed to read. It gave me a good introduction to classical philosophy, taught me some key ideas, gave me references to follow for more in-depth reading, and perhaps most importantly, showed me the philosophical heritage of many of the ideas I live by and promote in my own writing. [Read more...]

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Polytheism Redux

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Both Poseidon and The Sea are beautiful and powerful and I worship both. But a religion based on relationships with Deities with human-like qualities will look and feel very different from a religion based on relationships with the Natural world. There is room for both in the Big Tent of Paganism and in the corner of polytheism. [Read more...]

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