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Last night’s conversation over Muslims and Shariah Law

posted by Gus diZerega

I met a guy last night who had grown up here in Sonoma County but had been enticed to move to Amarillo, Texas by economic incentives for his business (by the government).  Very smart guy, not a religious bigot at […]

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John Perkins: Former Economic Hit Man and Shamanic Advocate spoke in Sonoma

posted by Gus diZerega

Last night I drive to Sonoma to hear John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and of a number of other books, give a talk sponsored by the Praxis Peace Institute.  The audience was filled with people more […]

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David Abram’s “Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology”

posted by Gus diZerega

Books can be great in several ways.  Some encapsulate the spirit of their time.  Some grow in profundity, as the reader returns to them again and again, marveling at how much the author is saying that had been missed in […]

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Philip Heselton on Gardner and Spiritualism

posted by Gus diZerega

We recently had a discussion of Gerald Gardner’s involvement with Spiritualism, and it’s possible influence on the Craft.  Robert Mathiesen made some very interesting observations about this issue, and not being an expert on Gardner, I contacted some who were. […]

This Blog’s Vision, Culture War, and an Undercover Atheist

posted by Gus diZerega

This blog is an active participant in the Culture War being waged in the US.  But I often find myself in a strange position, as many other Pagans likely do.  I frequently seem to shift sides.  I want to describe […]

Robert Bringhurst’s “The Tree of Meaning”

posted by Gus diZerega

When I first became a Pagan I thought that we were primarily a new/old religious perspective that would better integrate human beings with the world and feminine values.  I still think that, but just what that means has continued to […]

Animal Morality

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve just finished Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce’s  new book, Wild Justice: the Moral Lives of Animals.  Theirs is a wonderful book that in less than 200 pages has deeply changed how I look at our other-than-human neighbors on our […]

Barbara McGraw on Religion in America

posted by Gus diZerega

Last week I went with a Pagan friend to the Marin Interfaith Council’s meeting, to hear Barbara McGraw give a talk on church and state in America.  McGraw is author of Rediscovering America’s Sacred Ground,  a very good discussion of […]

Thoughts on Reading Derrick Jensen

posted by Gus diZerega

When I first was made to know, in no uncertain terms, that the earth and everything in it was vastly more sentient than I had ever imagined, I looked long and hard for writings that could shed more light on […]

Atheists, Christians, and Pagans

posted by Gus diZerega

The recent plethora of books by militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens is beginning to generate a good deal of return fire from people writing within the Christian tradition, either as sophisticated adherents or writers […]

Worthy Book, Worthy Blog

posted by Gus diZerega

Anne Hill has a good review of a worthy new Pagan book that helps us find grounds for good living that are not rooted in someone else’s commandment:, The Other Side of Virtue, by Brendan Myers. http://gnosiscafe.com/gcblog/2009/04/30/living-la-vida-virtuosa/  Check it out, […]

ChristoPaganism Reviewed

posted by Gus diZerega

Joyce and River Higgenbotham have written a new book, ChristoPaganism,  that I think will interest any Pagan concerned with the broader boundaries of our community, or any Christian interested in the long-term compatibility of Pagan and Christian spirituality.

For Pagan Bookworms!

posted by Gus diZerega

For Pagan bookworms, if you do not have Sabina Magliocco’s Neo-Pagan Sacred Art & Altars: Making Things Whole, it is now available at a super sale  by her publisher, the University of Mississippi Press.  Normally $50, it is now $15 […]

Thoughts on Power and Spirit

posted by Gus diZerega

Trying to integrate spirituality and politics as this blog attempts gets frustrating.  Real frustrating.  Politics is a little context compared to spirit, but it can so easily come to dominate our attention. It’s sort of like when I hit my […]

In Praise of Nature Poetry

posted by Gus diZerega

Nature poetry is important in helping us reconnect with the living earth, an experience even some Pagans have not personally experienced (yet). National Poetry Month is a fine time to reflect on this, and share some poems.   Our society […]

My Favorite Poem

posted by Gus diZerega

It is National Poetry Month and some have suggested I offer my favorite poem on this blog.  I have a small number of favorite poems, and a strong preference for a particular type of poem, ones that meld us with […]

Gay Marriage in Iowa

posted by Gus diZerega

While I suspect Iowa’s Supreme Court ruling went well beyond the current moral capacities of many of that state’s citizens, their unanimous ruling establishing the right of gay marriage is a wonderful one.  And as usual, the culture warriors are […]

Cool Book: Linda Hogan’s ‘Dwellings’

posted by Gus diZerega

I have just finished Linda Hogan’s Dwellings.  Hers is not a new book.  It appeared in 1995, and I missed it then. I have been the poorer for my oversight.  I stumbled across it in a bookstore -and picked it […]

Darwinian Ethics

posted by Gus diZerega

Pagans stand in an interesting relationship to Christians and Secularists.  Because we focus on the Sacred as it manifests in the world, we do not have the problems with science and knowledge of the world that the Christian Church has […]

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 […]

I am Interviewed

posted by Gus diZerega

Jason Pitzi-Waters at the wonderful Wild Hunt Blog interviews me about issues raised in Beyond the Burning Times, a book of Pagan-Christian dialogue jointly written by m’self and Philip Johnson, an Australian Evangelical.  He will soon have an interview with […]

1984 AMERICAN STYLE

posted by Gus diZerega

Who then would have guessed George Orwell’s predictions in his novel 1984 might simply have been premature?  One of the novel’s most memorable features was depicting the endless stream of lies the government used to manipulate the people and justify […]

Pagan/Christian Dialogue

posted by Gus diZerega

   Although apparently not yet available here in the Sates, Beyond the Burning Times (Lion Hudson, 2008) is now out.  The few reviews I have seen, both Pagan and Christian, suggest our book is living up to our hopes: to […]

New Book Announcement!

posted by Gus diZerega

When Religion Matters in the Wrong Place II.

posted by Gus diZerega

While Huckabee and Romney are teaching religious bigotry, a more painful but also more hopeful story emerged from New York City, where some of their spiritual students attempted putting their attitudes into practice. Walter Adler was with his girlfriend and […]

Capitalism 3.0 – A Wonderful Book

posted by Gus diZerega

For many of us who are deeply concerned with environmental issues the most frustrating part of our struggle is that while public opinion is largely in our favor, the modern world’s basic institutions are biased against us. They dance to […]

Juan Enriquez and the Break Up of Nations

posted by Gus diZerega

Politically, perhaps the most important talk given at Pop!tech was Juan Enriquez on “Transformation in Power Systems.” Enriquez is a businessman, academician, and best selling author. Curently he is chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy, a company researching and assisting startups […]

Global Warming and the Growing Intellectual Bankruptcy of Libertarianism

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATES BELOW. A California friend sent me the following post by Don Boudreaux, chair of the Dept. of Economics at Virginia’s George Mason University. Boudreaux had sent it to the Washington Times, apparently in response to an editorial. Cool reception […]

Pagan Theology

posted by Gus diZerega

I have been re-reading Jordan Paper’s The Deities Are Many: A Polytheistic Theology while working on a new book of my own, and am again impressed with what a wonderful book he has written. It is even better the second […]

Back at last

posted by Gus diZerega

This blog has been silent most of the summer, largely due to my having been on a long road trip up into northern Ontario, then to California to give some papers on emergent order, followed by teaching a workshop in […]

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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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