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...]

Dharma and sangha

Earth Gathering, 2006

I have reached the conclusion that one cannot be fully a member of two traditions at once. You can partially participate in more than one tradition, and you might incorporate a practice from another tradition into your own. But in my experience, you will almost inevitably end up giving precedence to one or the other of your paths. [Read more...]

Dual-faith practice (part 4 of 4)

A Unitarian Tenebrae

Much of the criticism of dual-faith practice seems to revolve around the issue of authority, and whether this is derived from the individual, the group, the tradition, or the Divine. [Read more...]

Dual-faith practice (part 3 of 4)


The issue of membership and identity is important in any discussion of a dual or multi-faith practice. A person may identify with a group, but if the membership requirements of that group are that its members do not belong to other groups perceived to be in conflict with its values or beliefs, can that person be said to be a member of the group? [Read more...]

Dual-faith practice (part 2 of 4)


‘Subjective-life’ spirituality is often characterised as a pick-and-mix approach, whereas practitioners of dual faith appear to desire fidelity to the traditions being followed. Clearly, in feeling a vocation to follow both faiths, such practitioners are responding to a subjective inner feeling, but trying to do so within the framework of a tradition. [Read more...]

Dual-faith practice (part 1 of 4)

Dvoeverie (Dual faith) by Alexander Boguslawski

An increasing number of people are beginning to identify themselves as belonging to more than one spiritual tradition – not merely in the sense of selecting attractive ideas from each tradition, but trying to be faithful to the ethos of both traditions. Is it possible to combine two traditions? [Read more...]

Maps and signposts on the journey

Signpost on Robin Hood Road near Whatstandwell, Derbyshire by Eamon Curry

When I read writers from other religious traditions, I am constantly thinking, how do I relate this to my Pagan/Wiccan values, theology, philosophy? If you don’t know what your values, theology, and philosophy are, how do you know how to incorporate ideas from another tradition, or reject them if they don’t fit? [Read more...]