Just Like The Christians: An Interview with the Emperor Julian

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[In the midst of a large Pagan convention a time machine appears and within it stands Julian the Philosopher, the last pagan emperor of the Roman Empire. Equipped with a babelfish he begins conversing with with the convention organizers, who are a bit miffed he landed in the midst of the reiki workshop. Quickly they realize they have a unique opportunity, install him in front of a podium in an auditorium for modern Pagans to ask him questions.] So what was paganism like back in your time?In … [Read more...]

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...]

Archiving Our History Before We Lose It

Part of my journey to the midwest included a really fascinating chat with a friend over the decades of archives he is combing through from his parent's coven. The sheer number of documents he is dealing with is astounding. The proper cataloging and archiving of all this material will take a significant amount of time. As he showed me old newsletters and notes from the early 80's, I couldn't help but think about all the other boxes, file cabinets, trunks and drawers filled with important bits of … [Read more...]

Fitting Tributes: The Passing of Lord Athanor

John Monogue/Lord Athanor

Pagans having two names can have some amusing consequences. How often do you tend to know someone's mundane name or magical name, but not both? You know who Nightfire is but swear you've never met Michael, not knowing they are the same person. I recently had an experience like that.Lord Athanor is one of those elder names I hear a lot when speaking to folks from my tradition. We've got a boatload of elders and countless names from the history of Paganism in Atlanta. I've never met most of … [Read more...]

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 should never pray to be more tolerant unless you wish to be tested. I believe having the tenets of your faith tested is a good thing. Makes you strong in your spiritual convictions. Writing here … [Read more...]

Book Review: Raven Grimassi’s Old World Witchcraft

This book is bold, and not at all what I expected. Although he's been one of the author's on my "to-read" list for years, I actually met Raven Grimassi before I read one of his books. At the urging of one of my teachers, I sought out a copy of The Book of Ways I & II, and then wished I'd spoken with him more when I met him at Pagan Spirit Gathering. Having picked up Old World Witchcraft, I wish I'd spent the entire week engaging Raven and Stephanie in conversation. Hindsight is always … [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...]

Pre-Smurf Humor

I am in an exceptionally good mood as I write this on a misty, post-storm Thursday morning. All is as it should be in the world. As you are reading this I will be unloading my belongings and stowing them in my new apartment, with the help, and occasional hindrance, of my sister and nephew. I'm thrilled. It's the first time in my life I have moved to a place because I truly wanted to, and not because I had to. I'm feeling pretty ecstatic about it.So I want to share the love before I dye my hair … [Read more...]

Grounding the Revolution, Embracing the Legends

Wicca is by nature a revolutionary religion. Rebellion laces it's liturgy and mythos. According to legend, Wicca is what happened when Paganism was driven underground by a violent combination of Christianity and absolute monarchy.I don't know the truth about Wicca's history and doubt anyone ever will. Yet in idle moments I find myself considering the "might have beens" and meditating on what the value of our legends are to our souls. Whatever the scholarship of our history may uncover, I find … [Read more...]

Life, Liberty and the Institution of Marriage?

Yesterday I was reading Timothy Dalrymple's post on the gay marriage debate. Tim's a good fella but we don't agree on a whole lot. So it's not surprising when either of us disagree with something the other wrote. Yet something in his post made me do a double-take: But here’s the thing: no one ever claimed that the legal recognition of gay marriage is going to harm your marriage.  The claim is that it will harm the institution of marriage.  And, with all due respect, the institution of marriage is … [Read more...]


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