I actually find the Dryghten closer to my understanding of YHWH than the various gods of Paganism. I found this Wiccan blessing particularly interesting: "In the name of Dryghtyn, the Ancient Providence, Who was from the beginning and is for eternity, Male and Female, the Original Source of all things; all-knowing, all-pervading, all-powerful; changeless, eternal. … Continue reading The Dryghten and my views on Divinity
In the western imagination YHWH and his messiah have most often been equated with Zeus, lord of the sky, and Apollo, his light giving son ... or is it sun? And yet, the scriptures again and again speak YHWH as Lord of earth, sky and sea and everything in them. Would it not be just … Continue reading Jesus as Dionysus and Demeter
"And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." (Matthew 16:18) And I tell you that interacting with contemporary Pagans has given me greater appreciation for just how often the messianic Jews of the New Testament encountered and … Continue reading Greek Mythology in the New Testament
Personally I practice a very eclectic approach to Christianity. This is how I often answer NeoPagans who ask me about it: I see plenty of justification for a flexible approach to Christianity in the New Testament. Indeed, the apostle Paul went so far as to insist on multiple occasions that getting hung up on STYLE … Continue reading Do you have to be a “purist” to practice Christianity?
How is the Christian church different from the Jewish synagogue, or the Muslim ummah, or the Buddhist Sangha, or the Wiccan coven? They are all words which refer to community after all. Is there any difference in your experience? Should there be any difference?
I thought I would share some interesting nuggets of information about pentacles as used in tarot and esoteric ritual. Pentacles in the Tarot Did you know that the pentacles of the tarot weren't always pentacles? The four suits of the minor arcana of the tarot are popularly known as swords, cups, wands and pentacles. That the … Continue reading Why pentacles are unnecessary for the Esoteric Christian
Many people think of Christo-Paganism as an odd offshoot of Neo-Paganism, but it is far more common than that. Here is what Christian anthropologist Paul Hiebert had to say about syncretism and Christo-Paganism in Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices: Syncretism The danger in responding to folk religions is not so … Continue reading Christo-paganism is more common that you think
Who said theology needed to be dry? Last weekend I found myself in a conversation with my sons about the Greek gods and the ancient Christians. You see, my pre-teen sons are both into the Percy Jackson books and movies this year, and for the uninitiated Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon, the Greek … Continue reading Jesus of Nazareth: Lightning Thief
What sort of spirituality do you normally associate with Vikings? Maybe the ancient myths of Valhalla come to mind? Tales of Odin, Thor and Freyr? Yesterday we saw a different side to Viking spirituality as my family and I explored the Vikings - Beyond the Legend exhibition currently showing at the Australian National Maritime Museum. … Continue reading The Spirituality of the Vikings
What is your view on moral absolutes? I ask this because I have heard different things from different quarters. For example, former Pagan Carl McColeman has said, "while some Pagans might choose to believe in the existence of metaphysical principles like good and evil, others argue that such principles are useless or could even be … Continue reading A question for the Pagan community
The Daily Mail has published a fascinating series of images from an Imbolc festival in the UK. It's well worth checking out.
There are a couple of interesting posts on the Christian origins of Wiccan rituals over at Pantheon. See Is Wicca a Christian Heresy? and The Watchtowers and Abrahamic Wicca. I'm glad this is coming from a member of the Pagan community. It echos my own surprise upon first reading the earlier Golden Dawn rituals, on … Continue reading Are some Wiccan rituals not so Pagan?