Worshiping an Imperfect God

Hera gave Heracles her friendship and daughter in marriage because she admired his striving for excellence against all odds. She had given him a hard time because he had been given gifts tricked out of her which made him superior to other mortal men, but is she to blame that he let the stress of adversity lead him to commit murder?

I don't believe in perfection. I don't believe in flawless things. I don't believe in purity. I don't believe in "pure goodness" because it implies the opposite: "pure evil." I don't think such a thing exists.I don't believe the Gods are pure and perfect, without a flaw. That's the sort of language that is used to speak of Jesus, and promotes an unattainable ideal. I don't think humans are less than the Gods for being imperfect. I think that's a dangerous theology to promote. I am not a … [Read more...]

Going Mainstream

There's been a lot of discussion about Paganism "going mainstream." Should we go mainstream? Is it wrong to go mainstream? What do we lose by going mainstream? What do we gain by it? Gus DiZerega spoke about the danger of losing our edge as we go mainstream.One question I don't hear often asked is can Paganism go mainstream? Do we even have the ability? Are we ready? Are we capable? The truth is, we have a lot of things working against us.Lack of Religious EducationWhile I was unable to … [Read more...]