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Gus diZerega


Gus diZerega is a Gardnerian Elder with over 25 years practice, including six years close study with a Brazilian shaman. He has been active in interfaith work off and on for most of those 25 years as well. He has conducted workshops and given presentations on healing, shamanism, ecology and politics at Pagan gatherings in the United States and Canada. He is the first Pagan blogger for Beliefnet. His first Pagan book Pagans and Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience won the Best Nonfiction of 2001 award from The Coalition of Visionary Resource. His second, Beyond the Burning Times, is a joint Pagan and Christian authored book discussing relations between the two religions. He is completing a new book: Faultlines: The Sixties the Culture Wars and the Divine Feminine. This will argue the US's current political and cultural struggles reflect a four-way division between "traditional" religion, liberal and "Baconian" secular modernity, and spiritual traditions that have gone beyond the modern paradigm.

Gus is now writing Pointedly Pagan in a blog format! Follow his latest writing here.

See "Recent Articles" below for the Pointedly Pagan column archives.

Recent Articles

The Future of America's Civil Religion Lies in New Directions

Hope rests with a new spiritual sensibility that is not necessarily a new religion, but rather can shape the way in which many spiritual traditions are practiced. Read More »

Five Reasons to Vote for Obama

A Pagan case for voting Democratic down the entire ticket. Read More »

Pagan Spirituality and the Future of America

The core confusion is to equate capitalism with economic freedom or free markets. Once we understand that this is not at all true, we can begin to harmonize our spirituality with our love of liberty. Read More »

Encountering Pagan Deities

How deep you go into the realm of the gods is largely your own decision -- unless the agenda of a deity has you in their sights. Read More »

The Pathology of Modernity: Individualism v. Individuality

Mitt Romney and all he stands for perfectly exemplify the Republican right and the final collapse of individualism into nihilism. Read More »