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“Humanistic Heathens defend their support of marriage equality” by John Halstead

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The high priest of the Icelandic Heathen group, Ásatrúarfélagið, has reported receiving hate mail from abroad from other Heathens who disapprove of the liberal beliefs and attitudes of the Icelandic group, particularly the group’s respect for gay rights and its fight to be allowed to marry same-sex couples.

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“Are Humanistic Pagans building a temple in Iceland?” by John Halstead

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We Humanistic Pagans may have kin in Iceland.

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“The Parable of an Atheist at a Temple” by Trent Fowler

This essay was originally published at Trent Fowler’s blog, Rulers To The Sky and at RoguePriest. Meditating with the Buddha As I sit writing this I have just finished a three day retreat at a Buddhist monastery nested in the mountains…

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What Atheists Believe Too, by Trent Fowler

Atheism requires you to have reasons for what you believe but does not require you to throw away everything that usually falls within the purview of religion. Atheists can be spiritual, mystics, or even religious.

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Yes, Virginia, I’m a Pagan Atheist, by James Rhett Aultman

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All of this is to say that I find the question of the gods being “real,” and indeed discussions of their ontological nature in general, somewhat silly. It doesn’t matter if they’re “real” if they’re meaningful. So, yes, I am an atheist because I don’t believe in the existence of a deity. I’m also, however, a Pagan, because I have a personal relationship to the same things that Pagans have relationships to. Once you get past the word games of ontology, being an atheist Pagan isn’t so silly after all.

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