Sunday Reading: Selections from the Patheos Pagan Channel (and More!)

While you enjoy your brunch, why not peruse some interesting articles and essays to be found at our Pagan channel? httpv://"A Typology of Pagan Groups" by Aidan Kelly: "Given the commonality of the basic Gardnerian liturgical pattern, it is useful to propose a typology based on how closely the various Pagan groups resemble the Gardnerians, resemblances created because it was the “Gardnerian magnet, as Chas Clifton labeled it, that set off the Pagan Renaissance in the 1960s." "Encountering Pagan Deities" by Gus diZerega: "One important respect among several where NeoPagan practice differs from mainstream American religion is our relation to our de … [Read more...]

Patheos Pagan Posts: Horned Gods, New Religions, Your Worst Nightmare, and More!

Happy Monday! It's a bit of a slow news day, must be a festival-season thing, so let's check out some of the great content available here at the Patheos Pagan portal.At his new Patheos blog Raise the Horns, Jason Mankey wonders how the Celtic god Cernunnos became the dominant Horned God figure within modern Wicca and related Pagan faiths, when it was Pan who enjoyed tremendous popularity in the poetic and artistic fore-bearers to Wicca. Quote: "However, while Pan is the proto-type for our modern image of the Horned God, another god, the Celtic Cernunnos, has superseded him. If you look at most modern images of the Horned God, he tends to look far more Cernunnosy than Pan-like. It’s m … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Hunt for Charity and Sound Arguments, Not Witches

[The following is a guest post from Paul Louis Metzger and John W. Morehead. Paul Louis Metzger, Ph.D. is Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary/Multnomah University; Charter Member, Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy. John W. Morehead is Director, Western Institute for Intercultural Studies; Director, Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy.]Rob Kerby, Senior Editor at beliefnet, wrote a recent article titled “What can the Third World teach us about witchcraft?.” This has resulted in the concern of and critique by Pagans, but it should also interest those in other religious communities. We ar … [Read more...]

A Happy (Pagan) Earth Day to You!

"No dogma taught by the present civilization seems to form so insuperable an obstacle in a way of a right understanding of the relations which culture sustains as to wilderness, as that which declares that the world was made especially for the uses of men. Every animal, plant, and crystal controverts it in the plainest terms. Yet it is taught from century to century as something ever new and precious, and in the resulting darkness the enormous conceit is allowed to go unchallenged." - John Muir Despite the fact that it has been co-opted for all sorts of bizarre and cynical purposes over the years, as a Pagan I still find Earth Day a worthy, and historically important, day. Originally a … [Read more...]