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

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...]

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Interfaith for the Lulz

Some days I think interfaith work is worth it. Some days I think actual progress toward mutual understanding happens. Sometimes real common ground is discovered. Funny enough, I most often get that feeling when speaking to progressive Muslims. Not something I ever expected, but there are days when I think I can sit and talk to Muslim women easier than I can people of any other faith group. It's really very cool.But more often as the years pass I simply find myself disenchanted with … [Read more...]

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Why Polytheism Is Vital To Paganism

Not all of us are polytheists. I get that. I've just spent a week watching Grey's Anatomy marathon fashion, and I've thought very little about Paganism. When I did think about it, I thought about the things that annoyed me. Then I reminded myself I was on vacation and put it out of my mind. All things end, and so has my "vacation." I'm not certain you can call it a vacation if you still make time to work everyday, but that seems to be the modern thing, to remain half at work when lounging on a … [Read more...]

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Minorities Are Always Wrong

Really, the only struggle of interfaith work is in actually encountering people of other faiths. When you're a minority, you encounter them all the time. That is one reason studies have suggested religious minorities have shorter lives: they are under constant stress.Lately most of my interfaith interaction is on a professional level. Which is nice because people are behaving professionally. Which sometimes sucks because sometimes in trying to make your voice heard or asserting your … [Read more...]

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Carefully Considering Conversion

I mentioned a few days ago that one of the atheist bloggers here at Patheos converted to Catholicism. It's a little bizarre, and a lot of atheists are confused, as well as a few Catholics. And it has me thinking deeply about conversion.The most popular conversion story in the Western world is that of Saul (soon to become the Apostle Paul) on the road to Damascus. It leads us to think of conversion as a sudden thing. A flash of light from heaven, a miracle witnessed, or maybe Chi-Rho … [Read more...]

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When Patheos Bloggers Convert…

We had a significant first at Patheos this morning. At least it hasn't happened before to my knowledge. One of our bloggers converted.Conversion is always a big deal. It's a huge personal transformation, and despite the story of Saul on the road, conversion doesn't happen in a flash but is a long process. Converting isn't easy, and those undergoing such a conversion need all the support they can get.So one of our fabulous atheist bloggers, Leah Libresco, has converted to Catholicism. She … [Read more...]

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Search Not My Heart (aka Don’t Pee In My Cheerios)

Have you ever read the Nicene Creed? It's an affirmation of the theological concepts of one type of Christian orthodoxy. What about the Shahada? It's an affirmation of the principal theological concept in Islam. The Shem Yisrael is yet another creedal affirmation of a theological concept.We don't generally have an equivalent in Paganism. Theology isn't as important to us as action, as practice. We don't generally tolerate people telling us we believe wrong. We are more than happy to point … [Read more...]

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What Is The Ultimate Spiritual Necessity?

I'm watching Jumping the Broom on a lazy Sunday afternoon as I put off doing laundry. I'm also trying to plan out my month. And as the fabulous Loretta Devine is arguing over the cultural necessity of jumping the broom, and I'm planning out my spiritual activities, I'm wondering what would the spiritual or cultural necessities be for Pagans?In the concentration camps some Jews would risk their lives by hoarding just a little food during the week so they could have a Sabbath feast. Even … [Read more...]

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Should There Be Freedom Of Religion Within Paganism?

I was really freaking angry yesterday. I'm still processing my feelings of betrayal and being used over this issue, and angry to see so many people putting their agenda ahead of logic, reason, facts, and other people's rights.In trying to cool down and start seriously thinking about this whole brouhaha over Z. Budapest's ritual at PantheaCon, I realized it boiled down to a single issue: freedom of religion.If you deeply believe in menses magic, in celebrating and honoring the womb, … [Read more...]

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Religion Is Not A Matter Of Style

Yeah, I know. You already hate this post. Just from the title. I don't care.I read a lot of religious blogs every day, from various faiths. Mormons, Hindus, Pagans, etc... A lot of it is boring or irrelevant to me. I could care less what insight someone has had about the book of Ephesians. I'm not interested in a spell to induce psychic visions. But I skim through these blogs for a lot of reasons. It's good to know what other people are thinking. Some days I think Progressive Christians … [Read more...]

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