An Independent Wild Hunt

We at the Patheos Pagan channel bid The Wild Hunt much luck in its new phase as an independent website. To catch the latest from TWH, please check out wildhunt.org! –Christine Kraemer, Managing Editor, Patheos Pagan Channel [Read more…]

Canadian Government: Non-Christian Prisoners Must Turn to Christian Chaplains

It appears that the controversial move by Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to retract a paid position for a Wiccan prison chaplain was merely a harbinger of much bigger things. The CBC reports that Toews, who oversees Canada’s penitentiaries, has eliminated all paid part-time chaplain services, effectively making government prison chaplaincy a Christian-only affair. “Inmates of other faiths, [Read More…]

Being a Religious Minority (in Public Schools)

What’s it like to be a religious minority in a Christian-dominated culture? Jews on First has published a must-read in-depth exploration of what it’s like for Jewish students going to public schools in the South, consistently exposed to peer pressure and conversion attempts by their Christian classmates, behavior often (directly and indirectly) supported by faculty. [Read More…]

What Does the Growth of Unitarian Universalism Mean?

There’s a certain truism that’s been adopted by commentators and analyzers of religion in the United States (and more broadly in the West), that liberal Protestant Christianity is in a demographic death spiral, and thus liberal forms of Christianity itself are in danger of winking out of existence. Conservative columnist Ross Douthat, author of “Bad Religion: [Read More…]

Sick Day

Dear readers, I have been sick. In truth I’ve been sick for several days now, and still haven’t kicked the virus that has overcome my usually robust nature. I have no doubt  that I’m on the mend, but I’m taking a day off from my responsibilities so I can rest up and hopefully return a [Read More…]

Pagan Psychotherapist Celebrates Conversion Therapy Ban in California

This past Saturday California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill SB1172 into law, banning controversial “conversion therapies” for homosexuality if the patient is a minor. In a statement, Brown condemned these therapies as “quackery” that create, rather than solve, mental health issues. “This bill bans nonscientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in [Read More…]

The Religious Pundit Class Equivalent of Hippie Punching

Director/producer Alan D. Miller seems like a very intelligent guy, he participates in the NY Salon after all, so I was disappointed to see him participate in the religious pundit class version of “hippie punching”: criticizing all those “spiritual but not religious” people for CNN’s Belief Blog. You see, these spiritual (but not religious) people are very shallow, and don’t realize how darn [Read More…]

Quick Note: The Unexplainable in a Secular Context

Boing Boing points to a fascinating essay by author Ken MacLeod in Aeon Magazine about moments of ego transcendence and “ineffable encounters” that he’s experienced over the years, and how he experienced them completely outside a spiritual or religious container. “I was on my own, exploring the banks of a river that ran along a broad, deep gully. [Read More…]


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