Monthly Archives: February 2014

On Mythology and Innovation (in honor of Ragnarok)*

To those with more than a passing interest in Germanic and Norse mythology, it isn’t news that basically all of our sources are post-Christian. Northern Europeans were not generally a writing people before the Middle Ages, so many of the … Continue reading

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Why I do what I do

You guys. Do you know what that’s a picture of? That’s a picture of the Ploutonion at Hierapolis in Turkey. It’s a cave full of carbon dioxide gas that the ancient inhabitants of the city used as a cult site … Continue reading

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Response to Sam Webster, part the Last (and Longest)

Sam and I briefly discussed the danger of doctrinalism in Paganism, and the undesirable potential for modern Pagans to go the way of the ancient Christians–that is, from a massively diverse group of theologies and practices with some, however tenuous, … Continue reading

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Response to Sam Webster, 2

There are some good points in Sam’s position. Christians have privilege in our society. Contrary to the rantings of Pat Robertson and Friends, Christians in the United States rarely have to worry about losing or missing out on employment because … Continue reading

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My Response to Sam Webster (part the first)

Perhaps the most divisive paper of this year’s conference (to the expressed relief of several of the presenters) was Sam Webster’s “The Relationship between Christians and Pagans.” Sam reiterated a position he’s shared a couple of times on his Patheos … Continue reading

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Pagan Conference cont.

Crystal Blanton’s presentation was stunning. Not all of the ideas were new to me, and some of the things she said, for instance about compartmentalizing personality, code switching, and different definitions of “safety” for a member of an oppressed class, … Continue reading

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Pagan Conference, Day 2

Yesterday was Iconoclasm Day at the Pagan Conference. Joseph Futerman gave us some True Facts about the Burning Times, and argued that although the mythology (he would like me to specify that he’s using the term in a Jungian sense) … Continue reading

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