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.…

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The problem of getting sh*t done

I used to work for a small business. It was a really small business; the kind where the owner and I shared a walk-in closet as an office and we didn’t have to make reservations for the company Christmas party. I was there for ten years, doing what needed to be done all day, every…

The problem of getting sh*t done was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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

Well, why not both?

“Jön Upsal’s Garden” put out a challenging question:   “… anyone who identifies as a pagan atheist, or humanistic pagan, or religious humanism, or whatever the heck they call themselves. Why do you include the word “pagan” in your self-identification?”   The post was mostly directed at The Allergic Pagan, who responded quite eloquently here,…

Well, why not both? was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

My Paganism is grey

A recent article on the dystopian film trend starts: “Before your film can dominate the global box office, it needs ideally to have been a word-of-mouth bookshelf smash. And unless your name is John Green or JK Rowling, your best option is to write a piece of bestselling YA dystopian fiction or fantasy.”   There’s…

My Paganism is grey was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Link roundup: uncertainty

The Allergic Pagan – “The First Commandment of Paganism: “Thou Shalt Not Judge” (and why this is a problem)”: “I am entirely comfortable with criticizing other people’s interpretations of their experiences, and I welcome people to do the same for me. That is not to say that I will necessarily always have an answer for…

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Skeptical, not cynical

The flip side of the “so naive” story about believers is a story about non-believers: “so cynical”.   Exclamations of awe and wonder often refer to deity and divinity: Oh my god! Jesus! Heavens above! Praise god! Amen! Thank god!   When we see beauty so great that we lose words… When we receive a…

Skeptical, not cynical was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Why I won’t be blessing you when you sneeze

“Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother.” ‒ Voltaire (1694-1778).   Some say that all religion is superstition.   They can look alike. Carry a rabbit’s foot or a rosary. Wish upon a star or pray to a great spirit. Knock on wood or light a…

Why I won’t be blessing you when you sneeze was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic