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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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Isis in Big History, Part 4: From the Cosmos to Daily Life

– by B. T. Newberg Big History is the entire story of the universe.  In the scale of cosmic time, human life can and perhaps should feel dwarfed – it puts us in perspective. At the same time, the story…

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Isis in Big History, Part 3: From the Middle Ages to the Modern Era

– by B. T. Newberg What happens when a myth goes through an extinction event? Pagan cults were stamped out as far as possible under Christian domination, but Isian strains survived through radical adaptation. This post is the third in…

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Isis in Big History, Part 2: From the Egyptians to Late Antiquity

– by B. T. Newberg Last time, the conditions were set for the rise of the myth of Isis.  This time, let’s explore how she emerged and adapted over time to fit the shifting environment of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman…

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Isis in Big History, Part 1: From the Big Bang to Agriculture

– by B. T. Newberg Last time, I ended with a controversial claim: For naturalists, myths are meaningless outside Big History. Let that sink in – myths, including the deities of which they tell, are not real in and of…

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