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An atheist’s magical practice in detail, by AtheistWitch

This essay (with minor edits) was originally published at AtheistWitch’s blog, Spiritual atheist witch…and other strange labels. Rational use of irrationality: […] since the only defensible logical explanation for magic is the psychological effect it creates on a person, that…

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DE NATURA DEORUM: “The Lord and Lady for the Non-Theist” by Rhys Chisnall

Today we continue our late-winter theme of “Order and Structure” with Rhys Chisnall’s exploration of the role of theistic language in non-theistic Paganism.  This post is also the first article of our new column, De Natura Deorum, where we explore the beliefs of…

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Stages of (My) Faith, a review by John Halstead

Understanding James Fowler’s stages of human spiritual development helped me make peace with my religious past and also gave me an inkling of what I wanted to move toward spiritually.

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Ouroboros Pantheus, by Annika Garratt

Today we continue our early winter theme, “Beginnings”, with Annika Garratt as she explores the history and meaning of the symbol of the Oroboros. For discussion in the comments: What role does the concept of perpetual cyclic renewal of life play…

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Yes, Virginia, I’m a Pagan Atheist, by Jeffrey Flagg

All of this is to say that I find the question of the gods being “real,” and indeed discussions of their ontological nature in general, somewhat silly. It doesn’t matter if they’re “real” if they’re meaningful. So, yes, I am an atheist because I don’t believe in the existence of a deity. I’m also, however, a Pagan, because I have a personal relationship to the same things that Pagans have relationships to. Once you get past the word games of ontology, being an atheist Pagan isn’t so silly after all.

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