Pagans and Academic Publishing

Eros and Touch

Academic books cost a lot of money and can be hard to get. Why is that, and what changes could happen in the future to make scholarly Pagan studies books more affordable and accessible? [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...]

The varieties of religious experience

Rainbow At Maraetai Beach New Zealand, by Haley Sulcer

Having distinctive religious traditions matters because each tradition expresses a distinctive identity, philosophy, tradition, set of values, mythology, and community identity. These traditions are ways of being in the world. They are collective projects which explore the question of “How shall we live a good life?” (and what do we mean by ‘a good life’) in very different ways. They each have their own rich collection of source texts and rituals which try to answer that basic question, along with many of the other great existential questions, such as “Why are we here?” [Read more...]

The Pagan umbrella is leaking

A big tent?

The “Pagan umbrella” is leaking, but I think we need to look at ways to ensure that we don’t misrepresent each other’s traditions, and that we don’t assume that everyone else shares our values and perspectives. And maybe we need to change the metaphor from an umbrella to a big tent, or a party, or perhaps a (slightly dysfunctional) family, or something. And if someone could come up with a name that wasn’t applied to us from outside, maybe that would help too.
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