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A Comparison of Morality Judgments in Polytheistic and Monotheistic Religious Traditions: An Argument for Acceptance Morality in Reconstructed Polytheism

By Micheál O’Miadhachain

I have wanted to write an essay comparing morality judgments in modern polytheistic traditions to those found in modern monotheistic traditions for some time. In terms of this brief essay, I define “modern polytheistic traditions” as those reconstructed or rediscovered religious traditions and spirituality which derive from pre-Christian European religious beliefs that . . . → Read More: A Comparison of Morality Judgments in Polytheistic and Monotheistic Religious Traditions: An Argument for Acceptance Morality in Reconstructed Polytheism

Douglas Fir as a Plant Totem

By Lupa

Most of the totemic work people do is with animal totems, and admittedly I am biased in favor of them. It’s not that I haven’t done work with others, but I just think to talk about the critters more. That, and the plants tend to be more subtle in their communications. Animals–we’re loud, . . . → Read More: Douglas Fir as a Plant Totem

In Search of the Divine Feminine

By Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

Where does this notion of the Divine Feminine come from? Is the question of the Divine Feminine simply a current fad? A silly notion of even sillier feminists? Or could it possibly have deep and ineradicable roots in the tradition itself?

However much we mock the idea, the truth is, . . . → Read More: In Search of the Divine Feminine

Mythology in the stars

By Robin Dudgeon

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) has a very interesting tool to teach Aboriginal students about their mythology — an inflatable planetarium.

Wilfred Buck, who hails from Opaskwayak Cree Nation but now works for (MFNERC), tours his inflatable planetarium around the province to different schools as part of the MFNERC . . . → Read More: Mythology in the stars

Scientists Unlock the Mystery Surrounding a Tale of Shaggy Dogs

Researchers from the University of York have produced the first clear evidence that textiles made by the indigenous population of the Pacific coast of North America contained dog hair.

In recent years, scientists have hotly debated whether textiles such as blankets and robes made by the skilful Coast Salish weavers before contact with Europeans were . . . → Read More: Scientists Unlock the Mystery Surrounding a Tale of Shaggy Dogs

The Advent of Pluralism: Diversity and Conflict in the Age of Sophocles, by Lauren J. Apfel

Reviewed by Christopher Moore

Protagoras, Herodotus, and Sophocles were pluralists, Lauren Apfel contends in The Advent of Pluralism, particularly when seen against the monisms of Plato, Thucydides, and Homer. By “pluralist” Apfel means someone who holds that the world does not guarantee a single right answer to every question. When trying to find out what . . . → Read More: The Advent of Pluralism: Diversity and Conflict in the Age of Sophocles, by Lauren J. Apfel

Essay: Research on Magic in “The Tempest”

By Alan Evans

[Snip] Examine the speech in which Prospero renounces his magic in 5.1 and compare it with the passage in Ovid’s Metamorphoses on which it is modelled. What is Prospero’s attitude toward his magic here? Why does he speak of it as rough magic? Earlier, when commanding Ariel to produce the masque, Prospero . . . → Read More: Essay: Research on Magic in “The Tempest”

Pagan Religions – A Handbook for Diversity Training, by Kerr Cuhulain

Reviewed by Patti Wigington

Back in 1989, Kerr Cuhulain published the first incarnation of The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, a practical handbook that explained to non-Pagans just what it is that modern followers of earth-based religions actually do and believe. The guide, a well-written and easy-to-follow text, was an attempt – and a successful . . . → Read More: Pagan Religions – A Handbook for Diversity Training, by Kerr Cuhulain

Human Development Experts Recommend Tuning in to Family, Not Devices

Combined with increasingly hectic work, school and extracurricular schedules, the advent of wireless technology has led to less quality time between parents and children. University of Missouri human development specialists say powering down digital devices is a vital step in maintaining family relationships and health.

Kelly Warzinik, Extension associate in the College of Human Environmental . . . → Read More: Human Development Experts Recommend Tuning in to Family, Not Devices

Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans

Officials say an $80,000 Stonehenge-like worship center underscores a commitment to embrace all religions.

By Jenny Deam

In the still of a cold November evening, a small gathering of pagans, led by two witches, begins preparations for the coming winter solstice. But these are not just any pagans, and this is not just any setting. . . . → Read More: Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans