Patheos is hosting a Blogger Challenge, asking writers to explain their religious choices in 200 words or less. Here's my contribution.
I am Heathen because there is honesty in it, and it lives honestly in me. My first response upon learning about the Heathen pantheon through the myths was "Wait . . . I know them." The more I heard of those old stories, the more I noticed that they were confirming what I already seemed to know. This is very different from any internal response I ever had to any other religion. I am no kind of supernaturalist, and still, when I think about the universe I live in, it seems to me that the Aesir/Vanir gods are a part of it. What shape they take and whether you know them also is not important to me. I see them, I see through them, and I am glad of their company. They do not ask me to get down on my knees. They exhort me to stand up and be something.