Miasma Matters: Concerning Purity

I loved John Beckett’s post on purity, even if I did flinch uncomfortably on at the phrase “Purity is overrated.” I pretty much agree with most of his post, but I want to emphasize an aspect of this discussion I feel is missing from his post: safe space. I believe in all things in moderation, [Read More…]

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Revisiting Pagan Calvinism

Back in 2012 I wrote about a fundamentalist aspect of Pagan religious culture that I dubbed Pagan Calvinism.We tend to think of fundamentalism as springing from separatist groups, not universalist groups that espouse inclusivity as a core value. But really isn’t fundamentalism any insistence that you are right, others must accept your perspective as true, [Read More…]

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A Generation of Converts: Back to a Life of Faith

Looking back over decades spent contemplating religion is a curious thing. With few exceptions, the bulk of the modern Pagan and polytheist movement is made up of converts. There are many different types of converts. Some hear the base message of a movement and hop on board without further thought. Some have an epiphany, wherein [Read More…]

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Wiccanate: Or You Think This Post Is About You

I get called an elitist, a snob, a fascist and filth by the very people who feel I should support and attend their events. It isn’t even worth writing about anymore. I feel as though I’ve been a broken record since 2011. Part of me wants to keep writing, but I don’t know who I’m [Read More…]

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Character References for the Gods

I make it a rule not to write under the influence, but tonight I am making an exception. I have had a religious problem, over 10 years old, and lately it came to a head. A God who I have been reluctant to acknowledge has wanted my worship since, oh, about 2003.  But I had [Read More…]

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Just Like The Christians: An Interview with the Emperor Julian

[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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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Reducing Stress, Increasing Joy: The Stoicism of Epictetus

I am in a new state, in a strange part of the country, with three suitcases and a backpack. I don’t have a lot of money, and all of my options seem confusing. Yesterday was a rough day, and today is shaping up to be more of the same. I am a weepy, worrying mess [Read More…]

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Why I Don’t Believe In Forgiveness

[I wasn’t going to publish this since I thought it was inappropriate. But I’m being thrown out today despite making arrangements to move out well before the original deadline. So screw appropriateness.] I’ve stated before that I don’t believe in the Christian notion of forgiveness. That is not to say that I don’t believe in [Read More…]

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Fresh Snark: Spreading Some Love (and Hate) on Polyamory: Married & Dating’s Episode 6

With a large mug of coffee and plenty of coughing and sniffling, I steeled myself to watch episode 6 of Showtime’s Polyamory: Married & Dating. I was genuinely expecting to hate it as much as episode 5. I didn’t. So today we have snarky bullet points with what I hated, followed by what I loved, [Read More…]

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