Patheos Featured Writers

Sam Webster

Sam Webster, M. Div., Mage, has taught magick publicly since 1984. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1993. He is now a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, UK, studying Pagan history under Prof. Ronald Hutton. He is an Adept of the Golden Dawn, a cofounder of the Chthonic-Ouranian Templar order, and an initiate of Wiccan, Druidic, Buddhist, Hindu and Masonic traditions.

His work has been published in a number of journals such as Green Egg and Gnosis, and 2010 saw his first book Tantric Thelema (, establishing the publishing house Concrescent Press ( He also authors the blog Arkadian Anvil ( Sam founded the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn in 2001 (, and he serves the Pagan community principally as a priest of Hermes.

Works by Sam Webster
A Pagan who worships the Christian God is rendering aid and comfort to an enemy: a Being......
Why I Am Pagan
Sam Webster | April 02, 2013
In 200 words or less, why is Sam Webster Pagan?...
Toward the Pagan Restoration of Sacrifice
Sam Webster | April 16, 2013
It is time for Pagans to restore sacrifice to its ancient and central place in our......
Enough of Because: The Nature of Pagan Authority
Sam Webster | February 19, 2013
In the Pagan community, authority is persuasive, not coercive. I write here to provoke......
Restoring Idolatry to Iconolatry
Sam Webster | May 14, 2013
The ancient icons of the Gods were destroyed in order to break worshippers' contact with......
Beginning the Pagan Restoration
Sam Webster | January 15, 2013
The old ways need to be rebuilt, and Paganism will become something new and different,......