Academically, I am a Political Scientist and a Gardnerian Witch, in both cases for about 40 years. I encountered the Craft soon after gaining my Ph.D. at Berkeley. I cut my ideological teeth as a young conservative in high school … Read more
Looking Deeply: NeoPagans, Domination, and the ‘Woke’
Two Spirits, Two Sexes, Many Genders
This post is from my August 8, 2018, blog at Witches and Pagans.
Z Budapest once stirred up strong feelings, ending in a demonstration, by holding a biological-women-only ritual at Pantheacon. The previous year another group had also … Read more
What is Indigenaity in Religion?
With small changes this article appeared in The Interfaith Observer.
Can indigenous peoples not practice indigenous religions? What if a non-indigenous person claims to practice their religion? Can people normally not considered indigenous have an indigenous religion? Can … Read more
Answering critics of Pagan polytheism
Bizarrely some Pagans are trying to claim the term “polytheist” for themselves, and deny it to anyone who looks at the matter differently. In my newest Witches & Pagans post I demonstrate they do not know what they are talking … Read more
Why Pagans aren’t much interested in theology compared to monotheists
Over at Witches and Pagans I have posted a piece explaining theology’s relatively unimportant role in Pagan religion compared to what it plays in Abrahamic ones.… Read more
Earth Day 2015: a Pagan take
My piece on it is over at Witches and Pagans.… Read more
What is indigenaity in religion?
I was asked to write a piece on this topic for The Interfaith Observer and think it will be of interest to anyone wondering how we NreoPagans relate to the many indigenous religious traditions in the world, traditions that do … Read more
The Magick of Pagan Music
I posted some thought about music’s role in our religion on Witches and Pagans. It was inspired by three wonderful composer/musicians I head at Pantheacon this year: Holly Tannen, Ruth Barrett, and Celia Farran. There are some nice links to … Read more
Pantheism, Paganism, and Tocqueville on the Soul of Democracy
I have a new post up on Witches and Pagans that explores how the themes of modern Pagan spirituality appear inherent in a democratic culture… or at least so Alexis Tocqueville believed. Though as a good Catholic he was not … Read more