Meeting the Gods on Their Terms

Steese Roadhouse in Central, Alaska

A friend has a place they meet the Gods called the Roadhouse of the Dead. After hearing my friend talk about it I decided to go see it for myself. The Roadhouse is an ethereal rather than palpable place, and I was curious if I would see what others saw there. I walked in and [Read More...]

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Practical Polytheism: A Review of Devotio Antinoo

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There are few people in the world that I admire more than P. Sufenas Virius Lupus. He is intelligent, kind, patient, a clear and thoughtful writer, and has been a source of unflagging support in my darkest hours. I am not in the habit of placing Pagans on pedestals, but if Sufenas weren’t so tall [Read More...]

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Reciprocity, The Will of the Gods, and Theodicy

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[Sometimes I have ideas for blog posts that I know will get me a lot of flack, and so I hold onto them until my loins are properly girded to deflect flack. Or I just save them up, mix them together and get them out of my system all at once. This post is of [Read More...]

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When “Pagan” Loses Meaning: Atheists and Theists

I was angry this morning. I read M.J. Lee’s post over on Humanistic Paganism and I found myself really pissed. It cheesed my grits. It got my goat. And then I thought “Why are you pissed Star? This isn’t even your religion she’s talking about.” That thought caught me by surprise. I have never before [Read More...]

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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 [Read More...]

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The Gods We Know… and Those We Don’t…

I have a vague inspiration this morning. I will try to craft a post from it, but it may well fall flat. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus has an excellent column this morning on grappling with the concept of new Gods, and Apuleius Platonicus has, whether you agree with his views or not, a rather passionate [Read More...]

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When Interfaith Gets Ugly

From "Prayers to the Gods of Hellas" Facebook page.

Patheos is a diverse place. I tend to think of it like a city with different quarters. There are good neighborhoods and bad neighborhoods, which shift depending on your point of view. There is the place I live, and the places I prefer to avoid. If Patheos is anything, it’s proof that, like patience, you [Read More...]

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Living in the Land of Hera

I am a romantic cynic. I love love, romance and all the ideals of marriage. I’m also quick to see the cracks, the selfish motives, the struggles and the heartbreak of marriage. I’m a hardened cynic. So it’s a bit funny that I have a 50/50 chance of being surrounded by a wedding every Saturday. [Read More...]

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Should Pagans Create Meaning From Scratch? Out of nothing?

I’ve been sneaking reading into my day, much like the old days under blankets with a flashlight. I got a copy of All Things Shining to review, which rumor has it basically recommends polytheism as the cure for modern nihilism. In the second chapter I found an idea that made me pause, and I invite [Read More...]

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Guest Post: Steve Provost asks Whose god is it anyway?

Need more proof that the traditional media’s claims of “objectivity” are bogus? You need look no further than a single three-letter word: god. Current style in journalism goes something like this: Capitalize God or words that mean God in reference to the divine being of all monotheistic religions. Lowercase god, goddess and their plural forms when [Read More...]

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