Politics, Pagan religion and the 2016 elections- up at Public Square

I was asked to contribute to a public square discussion on faith and politics over at Patheos’ Public Square. It is now up. [Read more…]

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The role of esotericism in Pagan religion

I had the good fortune to just come across a two-part article in Patheos by John Halstead in The Allergic Pagan. He explores whether there would be NeoPaganism in the US had Gerald Gardner never existed. He answers a resounding “yes,” and then makes a fascinating exploration of the similarities and differences that would exist [Read More…]

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A response to Niki Whiting’s review of my book, Faultlines

Replying to reviews with which an author disagrees is in many ways a waste of time.  Reviewers and other readers bring their own preconceptions and biases to whatever they encounter, just as do authors.  It is no surprise two people will read the same book and emphasize different dimensions of it, both possibly different from [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 VI: The New Age and the Limits of Pagan Religion

Despite many similarities and considerable overlap at a personal spiritual level, New Age religion is not Pagan, and exploring the differences between their story and ours explains why. [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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What Is Paganism? Part III: Pagan Religion from a Historical Perspective

When I write about “Pagan religion,” I am writing about religions with the oldest roots of all. That is also one reason I argue Pagan religion is at its core a “nature religion.” We are part of a tradition that first recognized and encountered the Sacred in and through nature and never really stopped doing so. [Read more…]

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What is Paganism? Part II: A Spiritual Taxonomy

Categories arise from out of the questions we ask and are only as useful as the issues they illuminate. Here, I suggest one potential religious taxonomy that can help us understand Paganism. [Read more…]

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What is Paganism? Part I: The Basics: Religion, Spirituality, and Stories

Theology arises from people trying to figure out the abstract concepts behind the basic story of their religion. They agree about the story, and they never agree about the theology, but the theologies always seek to shed light on the story. [Read more…]

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