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February 07, 2019
What It Means To Work With The Gods
Some polytheists find this phrase insufficiently reverent: “you don’t work with a God, you worship...
January 20, 2019
Magic, Druidry, and Syncretism – What Can Be Combined and What Can’t
What can you use magic for? How do you combine pantheons or magical systems? Can...
December 04, 2018
Dealing With Doubts as an Experienced Pagan
I sometimes talk about how my experiences are so strong I no longer believe, I...
August 09, 2018
A World With Many Religions is Better Than a World With Only One
Even if there is One True Way, we have no way of knowing which one...
August 07, 2018
Conversations With A Persistent Proselytizer – The Importance of Foundational Assumptions
I’ve had a running conversation with a Christian who asks a lot of questions. Most...
July 24, 2018
Good and Evil, Virtues and Values: One Polytheist’s Thoughts
Recently I got several questions dealing with the matter of good and evil. What is...
May 31, 2018
Toward a Common Polytheist Theology
In the last post I said that over time, modern Paganism will settle into three...
May 06, 2018
The Gods Are Like Water
In a recent podcast, Lonnie Scott said “are the water spirits that make their way...
March 13, 2018
Paganism as an Orientation
What if our Paganism isn’t simply a random choice or the product of our environment,...
March 11, 2018
Get Over Your Fear of Religion!
All some people seem to want is a vague and trite spirituality that makes them...
February 21, 2018
A Pagan Reflects on Billy Graham
I admire Billy Graham’s dedication and devotion. But I cannot minimize the problems of what...
October 08, 2017
The Courage to Follow Your Intuition
Following your own intuition requires courage: courage to start and even more courage to stay...
June 06, 2017
Differentiation is Good, Arrogance is Not
In matters of absolute religious truth, ultimately we don’t know and we can’t know. But...
April 16, 2017
Three Forms of Immortality
To be human is to live with the realization that we are alive but that...
October 09, 2016
A Pagan Crisis of Faith
When faced with the reality of the Gods and spirits, some Pagans revel in the...
August 16, 2016
Proudly Re-Paganing America
On the same day the Patheos editors put my post “Are We Bringing Sin Into...
July 10, 2016
How can we speak confidently and even passionately about religious matters, where certainty is impossible?...
June 16, 2016
Talking About Our Experiences
Our mainstream society is the reverse of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Instead of claiming to...
June 01, 2016
Dispassionately Dissecting Religion
Pulitzer Prize winning geography professor Jared Diamond presented yet another non-theistic explanation of the origins...
May 15, 2016
Missing the Point on Scapegoats
When two thirds of the commenters are missing the point, I have to accept that...
May 10, 2016
There Are No Scapegoats in Modern Paganism
This month’s Patheos Public Square topic is “The Sacrifice: Religions and the Role of the...
April 05, 2016
The Environment In Which We Work
We’re trying to restore polytheism in a world where the loudest voices scream there is...
April 03, 2016
Monotheist, New Age, and Materialist Derailments of Polytheism
We do not want to be needlessly distracted from our striving to be good polytheists...
March 17, 2016
The Gods Are Like Apples
Metaphors can be tricky in religious matters: some take them literally, while others see only...
March 13, 2016
This Is My Polytheism
Your polytheism may be very similar to mine. Great. Your polytheism may be very different...
March 04, 2016
Differences Demand Clarity
The Gods of a humanist and the Gods of a polytheist are not the same...
February 21, 2016
Rebuilding a Religion
If you believe one of the world’s many religions has exclusive possession of The Truth,...
February 14, 2016
Druidry Is Not My Religion
I’m inspired by the ancient Druids, I model my spiritual practice on what we know...
January 21, 2016
Believing in the Postman
Terry Pratchett said believing in the Gods is like believing in the postman. He was...
December 13, 2015
It’s Not All The Same And That’s OK
Articulating religious differences is not an insult. I don’t have to affirm your beliefs and...
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