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A Naturalistic Creed, by B. T. Newberg

Editor’s note: Recently, Maggie Jay Lee wrote here about Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution, and his naturalistic creed. In the comments to Lee’s essay, our own B. T. Newberg offered the following draft of a Naturalistic Pagan…

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Summer Solstice

Today is this summer solstice. Bart Everson of A Celebration of Gaia observes how those in the United States have forgotten the meaning of the summer solstice: “Sadly, most Americans are ignorant of this seasonal moment. We seem marginally more…

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DE NATURA DEORUM: “Why I pray to Isis” by B. T. Newberg

For our monthly installment of De Natura Deorum, where we explore the beliefs of Naturalistic Pagans about the nature of deity, B. T. Newberg shares why he prays to the goddess Isis. If there is no Isis outside my mind, why…

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How I finally “got” ritual: A dialogue with DT Strain and B. T. Newberg, part 2

Today, we begin our late spring theme, Practice, with DT Strain, director of the Spiritual Naturalist Society, who shares how he learned to “get” ritual as a naturalist, and he asks B. T. to share his understanding in turn. Click above…

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Musings of a Pagan Mythicist, by Maggie Jay Lee: “Circle Around: Individuality, Community and Creating Religion”

To me, collective religious ceremony and shared devotional practice is not something peripheral, but is the very center of religion. It is the core that holds everything together. I believe without such shared practices, religious community will fall apart, but there are still enormous challenges to developing religion centered on communal ceremony.

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