Being Batty: Polytheism, Experience, and Monistic Reduction

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I assert that we make a profound mistake when we attempt to apologize all points of view, all traditions, and all experiences. The profundity and richness of the universe is a result of the majesty and breadth of our differences. Polytheism seeks to embrace those differences exactly as they are presented to us. –A guest post by Julian Betkowski. [Read more...]

“The New Face I Turn Up to You”

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Do we have an ethical responsibility to develop creativity and imagination within ourselves, to encourage it in others? I’m talking about radical engagement. With each other. With life. [Read more...]

A Theology of Trees and Fractals

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Every day we wake up is Choose Your Own Adventure, wildwood, labyrinth, if we have the eyes to see. [Read more...]

Why I Dislike “-Ist”s but Love Raven Kaldera

Dealing with Deities

When I teach, I do my best to downplay my personal beliefs, since my aim is to help students think critically and encounter texts and ideas with minimal bias from me. Here’s the secret truth, though: of the maybe two dozen books and essays we look at in my introductory theology class, my favorite is Raven Kaldera’s Dealing with Deities. [Read more...]

“That Which You Hate and Try to Destroy is Sacred”

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I want every woman to insist on herself—and to be free and able to do so— whoever she is, intensely and immediately and forever and get to the work she must do in the world, without fear. [Read more...]

Combative Comments Interfere with Readers’ Critical Thinking

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A recent study suggests that allowing readers to be exposed to combative comments interferes with their ability to process new information and think critically about it. In fact, readers exposed to such comments tend to double down on their existing beliefs, i.e. their beliefs about the topic become more polarized than before, while their perceptions of the negative aspects of the topic being discussed increase. [Read more...]

Entering the Hall of the Heathens

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What is it to be approached by the voice and figure of a god of a religion not your own? Revelation? Delusion? Conversion…or merely conversation? [Read more...]


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