The Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Future of Religion

The Parliament of the World’s Religions, held from October 15-19, in Salt Lake City, was one of the most powerful spiritual experiences of my life. [Read more…]

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The spiritual gifts of Wicca do not stop with Wiccans

Wicca and similar NeoPagan traditions have already helped humanity far out of proportion to our small numbers. We have disproportionately strengthened two spiritual insights essential to humanity’s future: the sacredness of the feminine and the sacredness of nature. In the absence of a appreciation for both, our society faces increasingly dark times, times even darker [Read More…]

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Why monotheisms are so violent. And why the best monotheists are not.

Monotheism seems to have an innate proclivity to violence *and* it has inspired some of the most noble people in human history. Why? [Read more…]

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Don Frew on saving Pagan lives, ‘Wiccan privilege’ and interfaith

Few if any NeoPagans have been more active than Don Frew in our interactions with the wider religious world. Given that so much of our history is unavailable except orally, or in very specialized venues, I offered him an opportunity here to comment on interfaith issues and defining Pagan religion. [Read more…]

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What is Paganism? Part V: ChristoPaganism and the Limits of Pagan Religion

Jesus could become a part of a Pagan narrative, and from my perspective, he is welcome to join us. But the core stories of Paganism and Christianity are ultimately incompatible. [Read more…]

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What is Paganism? Part IV: Interfaith Recognition

The most convincing evidence supporting the definition of Pagan religion that I have discussed in this series is traditional Pagan peoples’ reactions when they meet modern NeoPagans in interfaith work. We are one of the world’s great religious traditions and by far its oldest. We should take deep satisfaction and pleasure in that fact. [Read more…]

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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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