Polytheistic Monism: A Guest Post by Christopher Scott Thompson (Part Four)

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Thompson concludes with “Polyvalent Polytheism” and “Monad and Multiplicity.” “I don’t claim any superiority for this perspective. It is only one perspective, and the fullness of reality includes all perspectives in unlimited freedom.” [Read more...]

Polytheistic Monism: A Guest Post by Christopher Scott Thompson (Part Three)

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Thompson continues with the question of whether polytheistic monism denies the gods and whether monism compromises autonomy. [Read more...]

Polytheistic Monism: A Guest Post by Christopher Scott Thompson (Part Two)

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Thompson explicates the relationship between henotheism and monism and looks at polytheistic monism in historical context. [Read more...]

Polytheistic Monism: A Guest Post by Christopher Scott Thompson (Part One)

Christopher Scott Thompson

Some heathens and polytheists express hostility toward a perspective they define as monism, seeing it as the complete opposite of polytheism, a modern or at least relatively new “corruption” of polytheism, a version of henotheism, a backdoor to monotheism or even a synonym for monotheism. Christopher Scott Thompson argues that these perceptions are largely based on misunderstandings of the terms, and that a polytheistic monism is indeed possible. [Read more...]

Cat Chapin-Bishop: Sacred Fire, or What Do I Hope to Build?

Cat Chapin-Bishop

We do not need to define our experiences of the holy in the same way. We do not need to blend together our theologies, vocabulary, or myths. But I think we are weakened forever if we allow our differences to distract us from what we know we hold in common: that we live our lives open to the possibility that on this day, we will encounter personally some source of that sacred fire. We walk through the world ready to be blessed. [Read more...]

Guest Post: Pagan-Christian Dialogue, Mistrust, and a Difficult (But Needful) Way Forward

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Evangelical and Pagan-Christian interfaith advocate John Morehead writes: I understand the mistrust that many Pagans have toward Christians and the forms of Christianity that have undergirded our hostile interactions with the Pagan community. But aren’t there alternatives to continuing to distrust and demonize each other? [Read more...]


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