Naturalistic Paganism

Monthly Archives: February 2016


Late Winter Theme: The Unexpected

Continuing our Deep Time map, late winter looks to the time from the first cell to the evolution of animals.  For me, animals are a huge leap from bacteria – something unexpected, and time and again in my life, I’ve…

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Dancing with Dionysus: Ecstasy and Religion in the Age of the Anthropocene, Part 4” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

Continued from Part 3 … DIONYSIAN NATURALISM AND THE QUEST FOR ECSTASY Unitarian-Universalists and Religious Naturalists are both groups of people concerned with infusing reason and science into modern religious life and practice.  In social worlds  often replete with supernaturalism…

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Dancing with Dionysus: Ecstasy and Religion in the Age of the Anthropocene, Part 3” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

Continued from Part 2 … SACRED JOURNEYS AND THE WESTERN MYSTERY TRADITIONS Through years of deep study of the Western Mystery Traditions I have identified some “base elements” in the “Sacred Journey”, in which earlier paleolithic shamanic practices become “re-articulated”…

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Dancing with Dionysus: Ecstasy and Religion in the Age of the Anthropocene, Part 2” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

Continued from Part 1 … UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM AND THE GROWTH OF RELIGIOUS NATURALISM It is within the context of Unitarian-Universalism (UU) that I discover Religious Naturalism (RN). Many of the core theologians of RN are based in this denomination, including…

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Dancing with Dionysus: Ecstasy and Religion in the Age of the Anthropocene, Part 1” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

“A religion, new or old, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reference and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion…

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