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Winter Solstice: A naturalistic ritual for the cosmos

– by B. T. Newberg This ritual celebration of the birth of the cosmos is designed for use by Spiritual Naturalists of any stripe.  For those whose schedules permit and who can embrace the cold, it is best performed outside…

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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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Science vs. religion: Mythology is poetry, not prose, by Heather Wiech

image enhanced from Education by Louis Comfort Tiffany How do you keep myth from becoming dogma?  Heather Wiech suggests it takes both science and religion.  –  B. T. Newberg Joseph Campbell said that religion is supposed to give meaning to…

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What does your practice look like? by Eli Effinger-Weintraub

photo by Doug Klembara After posting the question “What does your spiritual practice look like?” to the Naturalistic Pagans email list, I was drawn to Eli’s response.  I knew immediately we had to publish it.  – B. T. Newberg I…

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Nontheistic ritual: Is it effective?

photo by B. T. Newberg – by B. T. Newberg Two weeks ago I completed a seven-day Humanistic Pagan retreat.  In this post, I evaluate the effectiveness of the retreat, and then focus on one of its most controversial aspects:…

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