Archives for 2013

Faultlines Book Release, and Why Pagans Should Work with Other Religions

We are undergoing a fundamental shift in humanity’s spiritual orientation: from one rooted in agricultural ways of life and focused on individual salvation, to one rooted in technology and emphasizing harmony between people and their world. This shift is as deep as the earlier shift from hunting and gathering cultures to agriculture, and its religious impact will be as great. [Read more…]

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Does America Need a Civil Religion?

Gus diZerega is featured in Patheos’ new Public Square, a new discussion space designed to bring people together at the intersection of ‘current concern’ and ‘ultimate concern.’ [Read more…]

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Samhain 2013

Samhain and Day of the Dead celebrate the end of the cycle of physical life, but today I think they might be something even more. They are paradoxical signs of a badly needed new beginning for our society. [Read more…]

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A Personal Note on Abortion

Because my friend did not choose an abortion as I suggested, her decision ultimately changed my life very much for the better. Knowing what I know now, would I counsel a woman in a similar situation to have an abortion today? Yes, I would, and I would be supportive of her no matter what her decision. [Read more…]

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The “Pro-Life” Movement’s Hidden Subtext

If anti-choice advocates were truly pro-life, they would support providing prenatal care and protecting women’s and children’s health. They do not because their real priorities have little to do with life and everything to do with domination and power. [Read more…]

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Pagan Abortion Ethics: Pre-existing Spirits Seeking Birth

Some might argue that abortion is wrong because incarnating spirits have the right to choose their parents. But why would a disincarnate spirit’s desires be more important than those of the potential mother, who is also a spirit incarnate in flesh? [Read more…]

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On Abortion: A Pagan Ethical Response

A pro-choice position is compatible with honoring life as sacred. Treating other beings with respect is not the same as treating them as moral equals. It is wrong to treat a fetus as if it had full human moral standing, especially when doing so objectifies a woman as less than human: a mere container and a means to an end. [Read more…]

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Earth Day 2013

Earth Day is a reminder that we are not the only beings that matter and that just because we have the power to do something does not mean we should do it. [Read more…]

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The Transforming Power of Pagan Religion in a Christian World

By seeking harmony in our lives, in our communities human and more-than-human alike, and in our rituals together, we seek greater harmony with that which is more than any of these. And in doing so, we heal ourselves of the distortions that arise from a world-denying Western outlook. [Read more…]

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Why I Am a Pagan

The priest walked to the center and invoked the Goddess. She came. Her presence was the most beautiful, loving, and powerful experience I ever had. “Here’s a religion where they ask their God to come and She does,” I thought. [Read more…]

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