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Naturalistic meaning and purpose, by Jon Cleland Host

This week’s piece is special in a couple of ways.  First, Jon is the moderator of the yahoo group Naturalistic Paganism, which may be the community most closely resembling our own.  Second, it’s Thanksgiving weekend for Americans (Canadians had it…

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Deities as role models, by Eli Effinger-Weintraub

photo by B. T. Newberg For months, I’d been trying to develop a relationship with a sun goddess. One day, I looked at the sun and thought, Why am I bothering with sun goddesses, when the sun is real and…

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Who are our allies?

Thing on Thursday #8 Last time we identified our goals, now who can help us attain them?  All good movements work in concert with others, mutually enriching each other.  What other movements might be closely aligned enough to make exceptional…

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Real religion?

– by B. T. Newberg What makes for “real” religion?  How do you know that what you’re doing isn’t just playing dress-up, a shallow parody of religion? Well, maybe you “just know.”  But aren’t there times when you doubt whether…

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Ritual – why bother? by Jake Diebolt

This week we have something new: a “challenge” piece.  Jake airs many concerns common among those who question naturalistic ritual.  He says: “While it may reflect a dissenting opinion on HP, I feel it could be valuable as a point…

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