Organized religion typically consists of three elements: A definition of the divine Traditions that establish and build a relationship between the divine and the practitioner A code of ethics; a standard of morality essential to this relationship This gives the divine a two-way relationship: practitioners seek guidance, blessings, and/or rewards in the afterlife from God, … More Does Morality Belong in Paganism?
New-Age Paganism is overwhelmingly a religion of converts. To be presumptuous, most of the new blood comes from a pool of wide-eyed teenagers who have recently stumbled across their first occult website, found a few witchcraft blog posts, and maybe a fantastical A-to-Z Wicca primer at the local Barnes and Noble. Once it dawns on … More “How do I become a pagan?”, and other dumb questions
Atheist. The one who denies the existence of God. The proud freedom-fighter facing off the evils of organized religion. The smug apostate, the keyboard warrior on anonymous online message boards, the rebellious middle-class teenager. Ooh, atheist. Somehow, something about the word makes eyes roll. When did atheists get such a bad reputation for being obnoxious … More Is atheist a dirty word?