Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Herdswomen with beautiful floral cow. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.Yesterday, herdsmen and women in Germany celebrated their annual cattle drive down the alpine mountains. According to Getty Images this tradition "dates back through centuries, and in countries like Germany, Switzerland and Austria alm culture has a deep resonance in folk hist … [Read more...]

Watching Tennis (A Short Essay on Religious Conversion)

"Democracy Now!" host Amy Goodman poses with Leah Libresco.

Some people love watching the sport of tennis, but I am not one of them. This should in no way reflect on that no-doubt fine sport, the talented people who play it, and the fans of said talented athletes. I'm sure it's a deficiency on my part, nobody's perfect, right? Similarly, I just can't get too worked up over the ongoing theist-atheist tennis match, the way some read so much meaning into every "point" scored by each side, how "heroes" and "villains" are created, how "experts" in the … [Read more...]

Quick Note: Open Source vs Closed Source Faiths

The logo of the Open Source Initiative.

In a recent editorial for the Huffington Post Josh Schrei argues that the real difference between Hinduism and other world religions is that Hinduism is an "open source" faith, and that most of the others are "closed source" in their orientation."However, the key point of differentiation between Hinduism and these other faiths is not polytheism vs. monotheism. The key differentiation is that "Hinduism" is Open Source and most other faiths are Closed Source. "Open source is an approach to … [Read more...]

Polytheism, Monotheism, and Scholarship

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I was recently pointed to a just-published piece at the Bryn Mawr Classical Review that reviews the 2010 edited volume "One God: Pagan Monotheism in the Roman Empire." That book grew out of a 2006 conference at the University of Exeter, and once you scratch the surface, points to a far larger conversation within academic circles over monotheism, polytheism, and how the shift from many gods to one God changed the world. In the introduction to "One God" editors Stephen Mitchell and Peter Van N … [Read more...]


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