Pagan Voices: The Madness of Gun Violence

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In America, there is a new Killing Fields. These fields are increasingly soaked with the blood of innocents: women, children, soldiers. The soil that receives the blood is fertilized with hatred, mental illness and fanaticism. The bitter fruit that grows from this soil is division, prejudice, twisted lives and ruined possibilities. To grow such fruit, we must plow under our dreams, our freedoms... and our hopes for a better future.204. Ponder that number for a moment: this is the … [Read more...]

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Scholastic Paganism

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If I were to ask you what Paganism involved, I’d wager you’d tell me something about the sacrality of Nature, a multiplicity of Gods, or a non-mainstream spirituality. But, what if I asked you about Scholasticism? Now that’s a different story.Unfortunately, descriptions of Scholasticism have been retired to the history of philosophy, in the more polite cases at least. I say this is unfortunate because the Scholastics haven’t gone anywhere: their work as architects of thought was never decommi … [Read more...]

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Patheos Pagan Update

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I'm Jason, I'm the editor here at Patheos Pagan. Some of you probably know me from Raise the Horns* which I've been writing since 2012. I took over as Managing Editor here back in March. I wanted to say "hello" back then but also wanted to make sure I wasn't going to be fired after a month or two after writing an introduction. For the most part it's been a pretty easy transition from horn-raising blogger to cat-herder channel manager, and most of that is due to the great staff at Patheos and … [Read more...]

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Christian Outrage Shuts Down Idolatry Art Exhibit

ART THREAT: "Cruz said his installation, named Poleteismo or Polytheism, was conceived as a commentary on how idolatry has evolved throughout history. The targeted work symbolized the worship of men in a patriarchal society." … [Read more...]

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Is Saudia Arabia Embracing Polytheistic Past?

THE GUARDIAN: "For years, the country has been erasing any evidence of its polytheistic, desert-dwelling past. But now, slowly, the tide may be starting to turn" … [Read more...]

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Anonymous Person Spreading New Forest Child Abuse Claims

CARING FOR OUR CHILDREN: "In a message which began appearing on July 25 on several internet forums and message boards, including shameonyou.org, “Alice” made serious allegations of ritual child abuse against a New Forest Coven." … [Read more...]

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Wiccan Leads Panel on Supernatural in Bengali Cinema

THE TIMES OF INDIA: "Chandreyee Ghosh had played a student of Wicca in " Parapaar", a show that used to be aired on a private Bengali channel, Anjan Dutt's telefilm "Mannequin", based on one of Ipsita's stories is almost ready to be aired while Rituparno Ghosh's involvement with the Wicca had started as early as when he was just 12 years old. The discussion was moderated by Ipsita and was directed towards how people have started opening up to the supernatural and the inexplicable." … [Read more...]

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Real Witches Critique “True Blood”

REUTERS: "Marnie does communicate with the dead but she comes into witchcraft lacking groundedness," said Penczak, author of "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development. "A witch who gets good training usually learns to balance that with discipline, strength and focus. I would have liked to see a witch who was more competent and had a clearer sense of will and purpose." … [Read more...]

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Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism

PAGAN WRITERS: "Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism is an anthology that encompasses the voices and experiences of minorities within the Pagan community and addresses some of the challenges, stereotyping, frustrations, talents, history and beauties of being different within the racial constructs of typical Pagan or Wiccan groups." … [Read more...]

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Religious Right Calls NAR Pagan?

American Independent: "But the Aug. 6 event has also received sharp criticism from within the conservative Christian movement for some of its sponsors who hail from the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement, a branch of Pentecostalism that some view as pagan because it works to “divorce” America from a demon called Baal." … [Read more...]

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