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...]

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...]

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

Knowth, Spiral

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)

Christopher Scott Thompson

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...]

A Dance of Impermanence: Introducing Myself in Two Chapters (Otherwise Titled, Why Am I Here and Who Am I, Anyway?)

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New contributor, Sarah Sadie! “I went into the class defining myself as a loose-ish, pagan-ish follower-ish of an undefined goddess figure, and I more or less believed that all the gods and goddesses are really archetypes. I changed my mind pretty quick when I was approached by Wayland the Smith, a more-than-mortal figure about whom I knew nothing.” [Read more...]


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