Naturalistic Paganism

Monthly Archives: November 2015

[Rotting Silver] “Things and Gods” by B. T. Newberg

Rotting Silver is a column devoted to this Earth in all its tarnished radiance: poetry, prose, and parables of ugliness alloyed with joy.

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[A Pedagogy of Gaia] “Fleeting Visions” by Bart Everson

If I said that I saw visions, would you be alarmed? Frankly, I’d have some concerns if I heard a statement like that. I might worry about the person’s mental health. I might question their sanity and stability. At the…

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“The Great Story”: A Non-Theistic Cosmology by John Halstead

“The Great Story” is the 14 billion year narrative of the evolution of the cosmos, the planet Earth, biological life, and human culture. And it is a myth, in the best sense of that word, but one that happens to be literally true; it is a narrative that orders our world, helps us understand our place in it, shows us how to live meaningful lives, and enables us to come to terms with our own finitude.

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Our Universe Is A Sacred Living System, Part 3” by Wayne Martin Melliinger, Ph.D.

To heal our connection to the world, I believe that we must re-enchant nature and revive anima mundi. Only when we realize that the world is sacred, that we are an intimate part of the web of life and kin to other species, will we acquire the sense of belonging to this planet needed create a global ethic in which all beings are valued and respected and choose to live responsibly.

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Our Universe Is A Sacred Living System, Part 2” by Wayne Martin Melliinger, Ph.D.

In the modern worldview, the human is clearly separated from the natural world. Humans looked out at the natural world and believed that all the cherished qualities that made them human were absent in the objective world — a sense of purpose, consciousness, intelligence, the capacity for meaning and spiritual presence. Over time the world became de-sacralized — the numinous powers, gods and goddesses, and other spiritual objects no longer assigned meaning to nature.

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