In the Patheos Public Square: Miracles & Mysteries

The new topic in our Public Square is Miracles and Mysteries.

Every religious tradition has at its heart central mysteries and miracles that generate and sustain faith. How is the supernatural evident in your belief system? What role does the extra-ordinary play in your faith? [Read more...]

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A Much-Needed Testimony of Peace

With the Sunday showdown between two war movies behind us, it’s a good time to talk about peace. Cat Chapin-Bishop’s beautiful “Peace Testimony: Roots and Fruits” is a great place to start: a moving meditation on peace, testimony, and personal transformation. “I go to Quaker meeting, not so much to experience peace as to practice [Read More...]

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A Somerset Pagan on the “wonder and richness of true humanity”

Check out this moving recent post about the trials of being a single, integral, united human being, at peace with oneself. Somerset Pagan writes: I don’t want to have a professional me and private me. I want to be me wherever I am at any given time. For years I fought what often feels like [Read More...]

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Pagan + Politics

A major new Pagan group blog launched recently: Pagan+Politics. Well-known blogger Jason Pitzl-Waters introduces the new site as follows: “It is fair to say that modern Paganism, as a movement of interconnected yet individual faith communities, is long overdue in having a more active and ongoing say in the issues and policies that affect our [Read More...]

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Paganism Goes to Hollywood

Over at The Wild Hunt, Jason posted a “Pagan’s Guide to the Oscars,” where he “examine[s] the nominees from a Pagan perspective.” (Read more on Religion and Film in the Patheos Public Square.) Jason mentions one film I hadn’t heard of, the 2009 release “The Secret of Kells” (gotta rent that for my kids!) What [Read More...]

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Report from Iowa: “I said, ‘Ah, you’re kidding, right?’”

As the Des Moines Register reports, an Iowa high school teacher refused to let a student build a Wiccan altar in shop class. Why? “This is not a beef that I have with the district. It’s not me against them,” said Halferty, who has been an educator for much of the past 20 years. “But [Read More...]

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Sarah Jessica Parker: Descended from a Witch?!

Much to her surprise, Sex and the City Star Sarah Jessica Parker learned recently that her 10th great-grandmother Esther Ellwell was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Mass., in the 1692 trials. “The 44-year-old who coincidentally plays a witch in the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus, later admits that she has been deeply changed by the discoveries.” [Read More...]

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Climate Change as a New Religion?

David Solway calls climate science a “cult in religious dress.” And what kind of dress does it wear? “Although the metaphors and, let’s say, cosmetic properties that cluster around the global warming delirium owe their provenance to Judeo-Christian devotional literature and puritanical conviction, the substance of the movement is essentially a form of pagan idolatry.” [Read More...]

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