Christians Acting Like Christians: Dissecting Tim Dalrymple’s Comments on Paganism

Tim Dalrymple, who sometimes hangs with publicans and Pagans.

Tim Dalrymple is a good guy. If I were in the midst of paintball battle or organizing an interfaith event, I could do much worse than having Tim on my team. However, Tim is an evangelical Christian, and acts like one. His opinions and arguments are formed by Evangelical Christianity, and it also informs his actions. Which means in certain contexts, Tim is predictable. As am I. In a debate on same-sex marriage you could probably represent Tim and I with puppets repeating the "party line" of our … [Read more...]

Guest Post: P. Sufenas Virius Lupus’ on Unnatural Sex

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P. Sufenas Virius Lupus writes the Queer I Stand column here on Patheos Pagan. If you like this please check out his column, as well as all of our other fine columnists and bloggers.For good or ill (and despite the best efforts of queer theory’s proponents), the word “queer” is something that people associate with sexual orientation. At the end of the day, “sexual orientation” is not so much about who one loves (as there are many kinds and definitions of love, and most queer people can love a … [Read more...]

I Reject Jesus Christ

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Recently a blogger not worth naming make the statement that Paganism is merely Protestantism playing dress up. Seems patently absurd. Of course Progressive Protestant Christians are indeed taking on the trappings of Paganism: the Wheel of the Year, the Divine Feminine and positive affirmation style magic. However, that's like saying I have a beard because a bearded guy mugged me. It just doesn't work that way.I have developed a stock phrase that some people find charming to answer the "Jesus … [Read more...]

Live Pagan Hangout Today: Christian Imagery in Pagan and Occult Ritual

I'm creating what is essentially a 30 min weekly Pagan talk show on the web which has the novelty of being broadcast live. It's all through the magic of G+ and the first broadcast is today. If you can't watch live (we can see your comments and questions during broadcast and respond to them) then never fear, it will be available on Youtube for your viewing convenience.I'll be embedding the video here so you can open this page in a tab as a reminder to watch later.We'll start at 11 AM EDT … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The “Persecution Complex”

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[I'm having a lazy day. Enjoy this post by the always fantastic P. Sufenas Virius Lupus! - Star]I’ve recently read, and commented on, a piece written by my Patheos.com Pagan Portal colleague K. C. Hulsman called “Christ is NOT the Reason for the Season.” While I would dispute a few of her details, on the whole it’s a good article, and apart from those details, it’s entirely factual to state that late December (the old date of Winter Solstice, in fact) being chosen as an arbitrary date for the … [Read more...]

Feast of The Good Galileans (or Star invents a Holiday)

There are days when I really hate Christians. I loathe them on those days. My wrath swells and my rage increases. I hate their dismissiveness. I hate their blindness to their own privilege. I hate their double standards. I hate their elitism and snobbery. I hate their bland platitudes, and their church clothes. I hate their taking over restaurants on a Sunday and that they dictate my shopping habits with their blue laws. I hate the fish plaques on minivans and the Jesus bumperstickers. It's not … [Read more...]

Ancient Pagans and Christians, or Who Did What To Whom

Watching people debate about the first four centuries of the common era is like watching a football game. The fans are rabidly rooting for their team all out of proportion. Trash is talked. Facts are distorted.Kurt Willem's Pangea blog here on Patheos recently featured a video that delves into this sort of trash talking. Greg Boyd seems to be a bit confused in this video. He's accepting without question Eusebius self-admitted exaggerations and falsehoods regarding early Christianity and … [Read more...]

Looking at Christianity With Pagan Eyes

One of the pitfalls of blogging is you tend to hear from your critics far more often than your fans. So it really made my day when I received a note from a 70-year-old retired pastor who told me my writing was helping him to build a bridge of understanding between his faith and Paganism. On those days when I wake up and wonder if it's really worth it to crank out another post, notes like his lift me up and inspire me. I'm not going to mention his name, but this post is for you, friend.I … [Read more...]

Is Wicca a Christian Heresy?

Yesterday I gave a grumpy rant over the Watchtowers and LBRP being included in some strains of Wicca. The responses surprised me and set me to thinking.If you begin with the premise that everything in Wicca came from a Christianized society, that Wicca was founded by people raised and well-versed in Christianity, that elements of some strains of Wicca represent entirely Abrahamic, Copernican earth- and human-centric worldviews, does it then follow that Wicca is a Christian heresy?If Wicca is … [Read more...]

Ayn Rand: Godmother of Satanism

Funny how folks inspire movements unintentionally. Kirkegaard was a devout Christian and would probably be a bit dismayed at the Existentialist movement his writings gave fruit to, and just so, I don't think Ayn Rand really expected to inform Satanist philosophy.Joe Carter (really nice guy) writes over on First Things: Perhaps most are unaware of the connection, though LaVey wasn’t shy about admitting his debt to his inspiration. “I give people Ayn Rand with trappings,” he once told the Washi … [Read more...]


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