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Pagan Insights on Conservative Political Hypocrisy

posted by Gus diZerega

I have long been perplexed, and more than perplexed, by the seeming contradiction between the more intelligent right wingers’ stirring defenses of ‘freedom,’ ‘the rule of law,’ and ‘small government’ and their cheer-leading for George Bush, who under-mined these values […]

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Culture Warriors and the Threat of Violence

posted by Gus diZerega

Barack Obama’s decisive win throughout almost the entire United States gave many of us hope that the threat of religious persecution and authoritarianism would begin to fade from our land.  To the degree that they could, a majority of Americans […]

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Thoughts on Visiting the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

posted by Gus diZerega

 Yesterday I went again to the wonderful Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, long the largest cathedral in the world, and still number three, after St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s.  When it was built, all of an admittedly smaller Florence […]

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Leviticus, Gays and Shrimp: What’s Fair for the Goose…

posted by Gus diZerega

Some of those who commented on an early blog of mine on the Bible and abortion questioned whether a Pagan should address so-called “Christian” beliefs.  Among other points, I answered that when these so-called “Christians” based their political opinions on […]

A Wiccan’s Reply to a Mormon’s Query

posted by Gus diZerega

Dave Banack over at Mormon Inquiry   is wondering what the deeper spiritual meaning might be for the growing toleration of Wiccans and other NeoPagans in America today.  On the one hand, we demonstrably aren’t particularly dangerous to anyone, but on […]

Meditations on Florence, Italy

posted by Gus diZerega

 I am staying in an old monastery just below the hill town of Fiesole, a longish walk up the hill from Florence, Italy. Luxurious by the standards of those who long lived here, my small room has a single bed […]

Pantheacon Panel on International Interfaith

posted by Gus diZerega

The final panel I attended at Pantheacon was on  international interfaith work.  Its participants were an impressive group: Glen Turner, Starhawk, Don Frew, Selena Fox, Anastacia Nutt, Rachel Wachter, and EliSheva Nesher.  While present at the Con, Rowan Fairgrove was […]

Pantheacon Report: The Lost and Endangered Religions Project

posted by Gus diZerega

At Pantheacon Pagans deeply involved in interfaith affairs reported important achievements in two panels, one on the Lost and Endangered Religions Project (LERP) and the other on international interfaith work in general.  Both are doing great good for our spiritual […]

Corporate Sociopaths and Decent People

posted by Gus diZerega

Pantheacon coverage will return shortly – I gotta catch a plane. Markets are wonderful means by which people can make voluntary exchanges.  They are indispensable servants.  But when they become our masters all values are subordinated to enabling the most […]

More Discussion on Spirit and Buying Local

posted by Gus diZerega

I will return to Pantheacon   issues shortly, but Holly Liebowitz Rossi over at Fresh Living   wonders whether I am using the word ‘spiritual’ appropriately in my blog on shopping locally.  This gives me an opportunity to explore this interesting question […]

World’s Oldest Known Sacred Site Predates Agriculture

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the things I like best about Pantheacon is the opportunity to get up to date on new research and discoveries in research on ancient sites of interest to Pagans.  And few times are more ancient than Göbekli Tepe,  […]

Report on Pagans and Interfaith

posted by Gus diZerega

I saw a number of wonderful sessions yesterday that might interest our larger community.  Too many to put a blog together before fatigue led me to bed.  One of particular importance was on Pagan involvement in interfaith work.  (Reports on […]

Pagan Authors Discuss the Gods

posted by Gus diZerega

I sat on an authors’ panel Llewellyn hosted today at Pantheacon.  There were 10 of us taking questions from the audience about our relationship to deities., and we were a diverse lot, from many traditions, youngish to old, gay, straight, […]

A Pagan Celebration of Darwin’s Birthday

posted by Gus diZerega

I almost forgot!  Today, Feb 12, is Charles Darwin’s birthday.  And an illustrious day it is.   Why should I, a committed believer in the Gods and the Sacred, support a guy who has been used by atheists to debunk […]

A Low Blow to the Constitution

posted by Gus diZerega

I had not planned to do another blog till at Pantheacon, but upon reflection, I am making an exception.  I was one of many who rejoiced when Barack Obama won the presidency, bringing I hoped an end to the lawlessness […]

Going to Pantheacon!

posted by Gus diZerega

Tomorrow I head off to Pantheacon, the largest Pagan gathering on the West Coast.  It is always a treat to go and immerse myself in our larger community, the (statistically) ‘normal’, the granola, the techno, the weird, the geeky, the […]

The Spiritual Virtue in Buying Locally

posted by Gus diZerega

For me, one of the hardest things about being a Pagan is living in a society where nothing has value in itself.  Our world is believed to be made up of things – people occasionally exempted unless they are in […]

A Reply to Rabbi Hirschfield and Thanks to Paul Raushenbush

posted by Gus diZerega

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield has taken exception to my blog post on the Bible and abortion.  He calls it arrogant, and worse.  I sent him my reply, and am putting it here, below the fold.  He raises some issues that were […]

Wonderful Talk on Creativity and Daimons

posted by Gus diZerega

A friend just sent me a WONDERFUL talk by Elizabeth Gilbert at a TED conference.  She describes the creative process as many people have experienced it.  It rings true in my own experience, and I think it is worth every […]

A Pagan View on Sacred Authority

posted by Gus diZerega

The abortion and the Bible thread has high lighted two issues where I think we Pagans have valuable insights for the spiritual community as a whole.  These are how we determine spiritual authority, and the issue of death.  This post […]

Emergent Order in Science, Society and the Sacred

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve been spending the weekend at a conference on spontaneous orders, also known as complex adaptive, emergent, or self-organizing systems.  In the human world what those terms, and some equivalent ones, point to is how certain kinds of order can […]

Abortion is NOT Condemned by the Bible. Not even close.

posted by Gus diZerega

I have been working on a book on the 60s and the culture war.  As part of my research, I looked at Biblical criticisms of abortion – not a major theme of the book by any means, but I am […]

Magick, Ritual, and Politics

posted by Gus diZerega

I have been traveling all day.  Flying from the West Coast to the East to a conference is a drag because I have to get up so early – 2 am – to catch the Airporter down to San Francisco […]

Of Religion and Politics: A Pagan View

posted by Gus diZerega

The disturbing entry of right wing religion into American politics over the past few decades raises an important question for all of us with a spiritual commitment: how should our spirituality appropriately influence our lives as citizens?  As citizens we […]

Are Wiccans Infiltrating Churches?

posted by Gus diZerega

This morning a friend of mine in Denmark wrote asking me what I thought of an article titled ‘Wicca Infiltrates the Churches,’ by Catherine Edwards.  Its author is quite alarmed at what she sees as unchristian influences seeking to undermine […]

Listening to the Earth

posted by Gus diZerega

We are having a fearfully dry winter here in northern California.  Summers are all but rainless, with only the coastal fog keeping this region from total desiccation in the summer.  You can tell where the fog gets when you visit […]

Pitfalls of Success: A Caution for Pagans

posted by Gus diZerega

We Pagans have made giant strides in public acceptance and in the numbers of Americans interested in our path.  This is wonderful.  But no good thing comes without at least a potential shadow.  Our current financial crisis  can help Pagan […]

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Earth Day and the Sacredness of the Earth
I think Earth Day is a particularly important moment for contemplation and commitment by us Pagans.  Often American Christian critics accuse us of “pantheism,” and in a important respect they are right.  We do find the sacred, most of us, ...

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Instructive examples on why interfaith work is a good idea
I deeply believe the problems in our country are more of the heart than of the head. Here are some youtubes courtesy of John Morehead of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy on Facebook. They speak more eloquently ...

posted 1:08:25pm Apr. 12, 2012 | read full post »

The controversy over Pink Slime - and what it means.
The controversy over pink slime is helping educate Americans to the fact that corporations are as beneficial to agriculture as they are to politics. Tom Laskawy put it pithily: “What pink slime represents is an open admission by the food ...

posted 4:03:07pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

How the "war on religion' backfired into a war on women
Here  is a really good article by Tina DuPuy on how the Republicans got themselves into such a mess with America's more intelligent women.  Left undiscussed is how the extreme pathological masculinity of both their deity and their leaders made ...

posted 12:12:35pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

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