Humanistic Paganism

Category: John Halstead


Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox: “Just Ask” by John Halstead

We assume that asking a question presupposes a sentient listener on the other end. But is the true? Is it really necessary to believe the earth or the universe are sentient in order to address a question to them? Or to receive an “answer”?

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Naturalistic Animism: Seeing the Trees for the Ents

It takes an artist’s eyes—or a lover’s—to really see. It takes a willingness to get our hands dirty, to get up close and personal with messy nature, and to use all of our senses. But most of all, it requires a willingness to be open to receiving, as well as perceiving—an openness to being “touched back” when we touch nature.

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Video Review of Godless Paganism

A great review of Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans by Katey Flowers.  Check it out!

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Spirituality Without Politics Is Lame

A politics without spirituality is blind, but a spirituality without politics is lame.  And that is why I worry about an apolitical spirituality.  I worry that individual spiritual practice in isolation from engagement with the world will never lead to real personal development and thus never lead to positive social change. And I worry about an apolitical spirituality which tells us that we need to accept the world as it is because we are powerless to change it. 

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Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox: Worship

Three steps toward creating a naturalistic devotional practice toward the earth.

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