What is fundamentalism? Is it all bad? Can the term ‘fundamentalist’ be applied to Pagans? [Read more...]

Interview with Christine Hoff Kraemer on Albion Calling

Image adapted from "Hobbit Home" by shes_so_high. Originally posted on Flickr. CC license 2.0

I was honored this week by an interview by Dr. Ethan Doyle White for his blog Albion Calling–part of a series of interviews with scholars of Pagan studies and esotericism. [Read more...]

Five questions about Paganism

Pagan handfasting ceremony at Avebury (Beltane 2005) - source: ShahMai Network

(1) How is paganism different?

(2) What is the significance of its difference?

(3) What are the key issues in a modernity project?

(4) What can paganism contribute to these issues in contrast to contributions from other religions?

(5) How can or does paganism work with other religions in addressing issues of economic imbalance, corporate power, industrial pollution, global warming, disaster relief and constructive cooperation? [Read more...]

Pagan Intrafaith: A Patheos Pagan Panel

Pagan Intrafaith panel, Feb. 2013. Photo by Jason Pitzl-Waters.

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If Paganism is going to survive as a diverse movement, we need to improve communication between different traditions and paths. Listen to audio of the recent PantheaCon Pagan Intrafaith panel, featuring six Patheos Pagan writers and the managing editor. [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...]