Myth and Tradition (Seeking the Mystery, Chp. 2 Excerpt)

Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies

As promised, an excerpt from Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies, now available in both e-book and paperback editions. Excerpt from Chapter Two: Myth, Tradition, and Innovation The foundation of contemporary Pagan theology is myth. Given the colloquial use of the word “myth,” this statement may sound a bit strange. In Western culture, “myth” often [Read More...]

Hard Polytheism (Seeking the Mystery, Chp. 1 Excerpt)

Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies

Today (Monday, 7/1), Amazon.com will be offering the e-book edition of Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies for $0.99. It’s now available in paperback too! Click through for details and an excerpt from Chapter One. [Read more...]

Why interfaith is important – an interview with John Macintyre

Kinnoull Hill, Perth, Scotland, by Suomi Star

Recently, after fourteen years of interfaith dialogue and sheer hard work, the Scottish Pagan Federation has been officially recognised as a member of the Scottish Interfaith Council. This is a really important development, and a tribute to the hard work and persistence of the Scottish Pagan Federation.

I interviewed John Macintyre, a good friend of mine, a former president of the Scottish Pagan Federation, and the person who is responsible for most of that patient process of dialogue, and asked him to explain why it is so important, and how it was achieved. [Read more...]

Notes toward a Pagan Theology of Fiction

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Pagans widely agree that fiction has spiritual power. But what roles does fiction play in different Pagan traditions? Must a myth or legend have a historical basis in order to be significant? [Read more...]

Context is everything

Inner workings by puimun

The practice of taking quotes and practices out of context and applying them without regard to circumstances is one of the most damaging aspects of religion; and it is also one of the major causes of misunderstanding between religions. We need to look at the context of any practice, quote, or rule, and ask, what is the real reason behind this? If it is harmful, can it be reformulated in such a way as to restore the original intention (to remind us of our connection with the Divine), and remove the harmful aspect of the practice? [Read more...]

The argument from desire

medieval woodcut

The “argument from desire” is that we all have a “God-shaped hole” in consciousness, which can only be filled by the divine. Can this concept have any meaning in a Pagan context? What is it that Pagans desire? For one thing, most Pagans believe that the divine (whether it is perceived as a single underlying energy, or as many deities) is immanent in the world, and therefore available to our experience in the here and now. [Read more...]

News and Notes – Pagan Theology and Scholarship

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Sacred Lands conference, summer Contemporary Global Paganisms course at Cherry Hill Seminary, and crowdsourcing Pagan theology. [Read more...]


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