Family and Relationships
Trump’s Nationalism is Incompatible with Christianity
7 Reasons Hymns are Better than Contemporary Worship Songs
New! Faith Leaders Database
Holiness and Pentecostal
Presbyterian and Reformed
see all religions
Oh, preacher, give us a good word
Saudi Arabia is the Worst Country in the World for...
Creationism is Bigger Than the Age of the Earth Question
An Open Letter To the So-Called Exhausted Majority
Resources For the Faith Seeker
E-Books and Other Special Offers
7 Day Prayer Challenge for Spouses
A Different Kind of Christian
Jesus Is Love
Pastors and Church Leaders
The Saints We Love
Who Is God?
Get newsletters and updates
get the latest from
Sign up for our newsletter
Get updates from John Beckett delivered straight to your inbox
Also, send me the Pagan Newsletter and special offers.
Also, send me the Pagan Newsletter.
Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners
Privacy and Data Policy
Select a Category
Foundations and Context
Gods and Goddesses
Select a Month
December 16, 2018
What You Can’t See Can Hurt You
Success is not the sign of divine favor and hardship is not the sign of...
December 06, 2018
Paganism Isn’t Dying
No fallen elders can break the ties between us and the Gods we serve. No...
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...
November 29, 2018
Never Sell Them Your Soul
Our mainstream society forces us to make bargains that are unfair and often exploitative. Do...
November 27, 2018
The Spiritual Authority of Oracles is Dangerous but Necessary
For those of us who practice an oracular religion the messages we receive from our...
November 18, 2018
What Fictional Witches Can Teach Us About Pursuing What We Really Want
There are more than a few people who feel like they’re Sabrina at the edge...
November 15, 2018
Navigating the Mental Health Industry When You also have Mystical Experiences
This is the story of what happened when a bipolar Pagan described their spiritual experiences...
November 06, 2018
Pagans, Dominionists, the Fair Folk, and the Spiritual Battle for America
As a religion, Christian fundamentalism is demonstrably false. That doesn’t mean all spiritual acts by...
November 01, 2018
How Do I Know If A God Is Calling Me?
Being called can be a great thing, but it’s not winning the lottery. It’s more...
October 25, 2018
Rethinking the Big Tent of Paganism
I originally thought the value of the Big Tent metaphor was its bigness. Now I...
October 23, 2018
Trickster Gods, How Magic Works, Magic For Yourself, and More
Why do some Pagans blame Trickster Gods for bad things like Christians blame their devil?...
October 21, 2018
Called by Problematic Gods
What’s a woman to do when she feels called by a God whose stories include...
October 14, 2018
So You Want To Be A Pagan – A Guide For Pagan Newcomers
What do newcomers need to know about Paganism when they’re just starting out? That’s an...
October 11, 2018
Devotional Art for Manannán mac Lir
This is the story of a new devotional painting of Manannán mac Lir by Pagan...
October 09, 2018
Gods Behaving Badly? Myth, Virtue, and the Limitations of Modern Thinking
Myths are more than fictional stories and they aren’t intended to be read literally. Oftentimes...
October 04, 2018
6 Ways to Talk to the Gods (and How to Listen for an Answer)
Religion is ultimately about relationships: with our families and communities, with the natural world, with...
October 02, 2018
A Conclave of Cats: Debating the Nature of the Gods
Imagine, if you will, a conclave of cats gathered to discuss and debate the true...
September 27, 2018
Doubts, Fears, and TV Preachers – Dealing With the Urge to Turn Back
There is no shame in fear and doubt – they’re part of being imperfect humans...
September 23, 2018
Animal Gods and Gods of the Animals
Xenophanes said that horses would worship Gods that look like horses. But some of our...
September 20, 2018
Sitting in a Bland Funeral Thinking About What We Should Do For Our Dead
We’ve all heard someone say “funerals are for the living.” No. This is sacrilege. This...
September 18, 2018
Why Would Anyone Take an Oath to a God?
Taking oaths is among the most serious and most personal of personal religious decisions you’ll...
September 13, 2018
Their Ways Are Not Our Ways: A Warning And A Call
I have a message for those who feel the call to mystical and ecstatic practice,...
September 06, 2018
Preparing For Pilgrimage
Travel is good in and of itself. Pilgrimage is sacred travel, for a sacred purpose....
September 04, 2018
Chaos Brings Challenges, Chaos Brings Opportunities
Will climate change and a Mad King drive us into a new Dark Age? I...
September 02, 2018
Many Gods in the Bible, Spiritual Warnings, Owning Knowledge, and More
How should Pagans view the references to many Gods in the Bible? What happens when...
August 23, 2018
Which Pagan Path Should I Follow?
What do you do when a “shaman” tells you that Pan is watching over your...
August 21, 2018
Finding Your Spiritual Path Later In Life
How can someone move past the feeling of being behind if they start their Pagan...
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...
August 05, 2018
A Letter To Those Trying To Convert Me
If you go about your religion (or lack thereof) and respect everyone else’s right to...
Related posts from
A Pagan (and Realistic) Perspective on Forgiveness
Don’t Worry Be Happy and Other Abusive Folk...
8 Things to do for Winter Solstice as...
Paganism Isn’t Dying
Advertise With Us
Terms of Service
Write For Us
Follow Us on Facebook
Copyright 2008-2017, Patheos. All rights reserved.