Archives for August 2013

What do Gerald Gardner and Mary Baker Eddy have in common?

While females still vastly outnumber males and those outside the gender binary are very small in number, it seems to me that there are more priests than there used to be. I would love to see a good balance of priests and priestesses as Paganisms grow, but are we going to move from a vastly woman-led movement to established male-dominated religions? [Read more…]

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The Linguists’ Principle of Charity

So often I see Pagans trying to explain to others who are religiously-conservative just why our spirituality is valuable and beautiful and not wicked. Having been a hippie Jesus freak myself back in the day, I am well aware that this is a completely fruitless endeavor. Armstrong offers a much more amenable, and hopefully useful, tool for us to try. [Read more…]

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The Global Public Square

The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity is a book that starts and ends on high notes, but there are some dissonant chords in the middle. The book deals with what the author, Os Guinness, terms soul freedom which is often expanded throughout the book as the freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, as well as a social framework for a civil public square that he states will protect this freedom and help society realize it fully. [Read more…]

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What I Meant to Say Was…I’m Not Interested

I know, I know. This is going to sound harsh. But after two decades of hoeing a tough row in the interfaith fields, I have finally gotten to a place where I can follow Nancy Reagan’s advice and Just Say No. [Read more…]

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On Common Ground is Powerful New Resource

The Pluralism Project of Harvard University has released On Common Ground, a comprehensive online resource, this permutation replacing the former published book versions. Here you will find a world of information on religions, the religious landscape of America, essays on interfaith topics. [Read more…]

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Evangelism?

Are you still here? Did those few black letters, put together to form a word with which society associates so much meaning, make you shiver at the mere sight and want to close the page? I know how you feel. [Read more…]

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Them and Us Part III: Common Ground

There’s nothing wrong with being different, or disagreeing, but the rut becomes a sinkhole when we forget how to stand on common ground with others. [Read more…]

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Iftar

This was Southern hospitality at its best. Or, at least, this is what Southern hospitality should look like. [Read more…]

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