Humanistic Paganism

“What Naturalism Means to Me” by DT Strain

With the new year, we are starting a new series called, “What Naturalism Means to Me”.  It is an opportunity for our readers, like you, to share what Naturalism means for you.  We are looking for essays between 1000-3000 words.  Send your submissions to humanisticpaganism[at]gmail[dot]com.


Naturalism is one of those words that wouldn’t need to exist if it were not for its opposite: supernaturalism. Originally, nature meant “the way something is” as in, “the nature of a cat” or “the nature of a car”. The natural sciences study “the way things are” or “the nature of existence”.
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[Dead Ideas] “Space Exploration in 1920: In Honor of the Falcon Heavy Launch”, by B. T. Newberg

In honor of the Falcon Heavy Launch by SpaceX, we’re reading a space exploration article from 1920. What was it like to imagine reaching space at such an early date? Let’s find out together in this episode of Public Domain Theater 3000.

Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!

Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at http://www.deadideas.net.

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“Naturalism by Numbers” by Eric Steinhart

With the new year, we are starting a new series called, “What Naturalism Means to Me”.  It is an opportunity for our readers, like you, to share what Naturalism means for you.  We are looking for essays between 1000-3000 words.  Send your submissions to humanisticpaganism[at]gmail[dot]com.


Here’s a very simple approach to naturalism: if you can measure it, it’s natural; if you can’t, it’s not.  This approach isn’t dogmatic.  It doesn’t try to tell you that you have to dogmatically believe that nature is just atoms swirling in space.  It doesn’t make any claims about the contents of nature besides saying that the things in nature – whatever they might turn out to be – can be measured.  More generally, this means that you can talk about natural things using numbers.  And, even more generally, this means that you can talk about natural things using mathematics. Read More

“What Naturalism Means to Me” by Mark Green

With the new year, we are starting a new series called, “What Naturalism Means to Me”.  It is an opportunity for our readers, like you, to share what Naturalism means for you.  We are looking for essays between 1000-3000 words.  Send your submissions to humanisticpaganism[at]gmail[dot]com.


Naturalism is the spirituality of the real. A celebration of this world, this cosmos, this humanity, this biosphere. Read More

Happy Winter Thermstice/Imbolc!

Celebrations

The life exists, hidden beneath the snow.   Gathering strength, yet hidden in many ways.  How long and harsh will this winter be?  Can traditions of groundhogs or candles tell us?  With the midterm elections coming later this year, the political parallels again jump out at us.  These and many other themes join with the making of candles and wintertime celebrations.

Some of the ways many of us are celebrating were published a few weeks ago, and I’m in the process of getting both the candle making supplies and ritual materials ready.  My kids were worried that we wouldn’t have enough snow to make snow cream for Imbolc, but just enough is forecasted to fall on Saturday, when we will be celebrating Imbolc!  However you are celebrating (including Summmer Thermstice/Lammas celebrations in the Southern Hemisphere), may your be celebration be blessed.

 

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