Faith without belief

In the “Believers And Doubters” episode of TED Radio Hour, Anne Graham Lotz talks about her father – Billy Graham – and how he differentiated between belief and faith. Basically, he took the controversial position that James 2:19 means that there is a difference between belief and faith, for even the demons believe in god.…

Faith without belief was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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We’re not the centre of the universe

Three or four times a year, people find reason to blame the normal problems of modern life on Mercury going backwards in the sky – the dreaded so-called “Mercury retrograde”. People who are normally quite rational seem to buy into this superstition.   It is silly enough to believe that the movement of a planet…

We’re not the centre of the universe was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Our place in the cosmos – part 2

  “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos   We are stardust breathing and dreaming and thinking and creating. Our very bodies are made of elements born in centres of long-gone stars.   Eyes evolved and we saw the stars. We are stardust star watching. We are the…

Our place in the cosmos – part 2 was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Not your bird

There are two bald eagles perched majestically on the cross at the top of a beautiful steeple. They are posed picturesquely against the blue sky, seen only by those, like me, who stare at clouds.   Wandering through the side streets on a certain evening, I come across an awesome sight: hundreds of crows in…

Not your bird was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

To the ocean and for a mountain

  I am still thinking about sacrifices and offerings. What would my gods ask of me if they spoke?   In wandering around the Pagan blogosphere and speaking to the few “hard” polytheists I know, the gods of the ancient worlds sometimes ask for specific things. They ask for things of value to be sacrificed…

To the ocean and for a mountain was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

One sows while another reaps

  Yesterday, a member of my Circle ran a sweet little Lammas ritual on the theme of “as you sow, so you shall reap”. That got me thinking about Pagans, the wheel of the year, and its relationship to nature.   One of the wheel of the year stories we can tell through Pagan rituals…

One sows while another reaps was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic