Humanistic Paganism

Category: Starstuff, Contemplating


Starstuff, Contemplating by Jon Cleland Host: “Flower Power”

We are assemblages of ancient atoms forged in stars – atoms organized by history to the point of consciousness, now able to contemplate this sacred Universe of which we are a tiny, but wondrous, part. Blue! Yellow! Purple! Red! Flowers…

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“A Naturalistic Credo” by Jon Cleland Host

Evolution gives my life incredible meaning and purpose. I marvel at my family tree, which goes back though innumerable life forms, through amazing stories of survival, hope, courage, and parental love. It includes the tiny mammal, surviving through the freezing, yearlong darkness after the asteroid impact by eating, and likely hiding in, a frozen dinosaur carcass. It includes the first mother to produce milk, and the first blurry view through a newly evolved eye. I’ve grown from a long line of survivors — noble creatures of every sort, who conquered deadly challenges billions of times over. What other origin could possibly give my life more meaning?

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Starstuff, Contemplating by Jon Cleland Host: “Treasures Hidden in Plain Sight”

It’s so easy to take this for granted – we’re used to it as a normal part of life. But consider what it would be like to describe the “seasons” to an otherwise similar person who lived on an otherwise similar planet with little or no axial tilt. It might go something like this.

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Starstuff, Contemplating, by Jon Cleland Host: “Evolutionary Parenting and the Holidays”

Today we hear from our other of our new regular columnists, Jon Cleland Host. Evolutionary Parenting means raising children with an understanding of the evolutionary history that made them that both connects them to their evolutionary past and gives them…

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