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...]

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

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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...]

Polytheistic Monism: A Guest Post by Christopher Scott Thompson (Part Four)

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Thompson concludes with “Polyvalent Polytheism” and “Monad and Multiplicity.” “I don’t claim any superiority for this perspective. It is only one perspective, and the fullness of reality includes all perspectives in unlimited freedom.” [Read more...]

Polytheistic Monism: A Guest Post by Christopher Scott Thompson (Part Three)

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Thompson continues with the question of whether polytheistic monism denies the gods and whether monism compromises autonomy. [Read more...]

Polytheistic Monism: A Guest Post by Christopher Scott Thompson (Part Two)

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Thompson explicates the relationship between henotheism and monism and looks at polytheistic monism in historical context. [Read more...]

Polytheistic Monism: A Guest Post by Christopher Scott Thompson (Part One)

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Some heathens and polytheists express hostility toward a perspective they define as monism, seeing it as the complete opposite of polytheism, a modern or at least relatively new “corruption” of polytheism, a version of henotheism, a backdoor to monotheism or even a synonym for monotheism. Christopher Scott Thompson argues that these perceptions are largely based on misunderstandings of the terms, and that a polytheistic monism is indeed possible. [Read more...]

5 Top Posts for #Patheos5Yrs

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Happy 5th Anniversary, Patheos! To celebrate, here are the top 5 most-read posts on Sermons from the Mound for Christine Kraemer and Yvonne Aburrow (respectively!). [Read more...]


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