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Defense Against the Proselytizing Arts

By John Beckett

As I mentioned in the previous post, on Saturday I attended a workshop led by Bryan Lankford titled “Counter Evangelism – Defending Yourself from the Army of God.” This was originally a six-hour workshop and Bryan had to cut it down to one hour for this event. I’d like to hear the . . . → Read More: Defense Against the Proselytizing Arts

Religion a Potent Force for Cooperation and Conflict: Study

Science Daily News

Across history and cultures, religion increases trust within groups but also may increase conflict with other groups, according to an article in a special issue of Science.

“Moralizing gods, emerging over the last few millennia, have enabled large-scale cooperation and sociopolitical conquest even without war,” says University of Michigan anthropologist Scott Atran, . . . → Read More: Religion a Potent Force for Cooperation and Conflict: Study

Earth’s Water Cycle Intensifying With Atmospheric Warming

Science Daily News

A clear change in salinity has been detected in the world’s oceans, signalling shifts and an acceleration in the global rainfall and evaporation cycle.

In a paper just published in the journal Science, Australian scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, reported . . . → Read More: Earth’s Water Cycle Intensifying With Atmospheric Warming

Athen und Jerusalem

Die philosophische Kritik am Christentum in Spätantike und Neuzeit

Reviewed by Geert Lernout

[Snip] Winfried Schröder, the author of this book, is a most respected scholar. Between 1986 and 1998 he was editor of the final two volumes of the prestigious Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie; he currently edits a series of editions of clandestine philosophical . . . → Read More: Athen und Jerusalem

Coming Out to Your Christian Friends

By Patti Wigington

A reader says, “I live in the Bible Belt and I was Christian a couple of years ago, and my best friend still thinks I am. She’s a real bible thumper, and doesn’t tolerate anything that’s not Christian. How can I tell her what I believe?”

Answer:

For many Pagans and Wiccans, . . . → Read More: Coming Out to Your Christian Friends

Lunar Mysteries and the Art of Moon Magick – Part 3

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

The Twenty-eight Lunar Mansions are used specifically for talismanic magick, and they represent some of the most effective magick that one might want to generate. The mansions are represented by specific planetary qualities associated with a segment of the zodiac that is exactly 12 degrees and 51 minutes. The method used . . . → Read More: Lunar Mysteries and the Art of Moon Magick – Part 3

How Magick Works

By Donald Michael Kraig

One of the most common questions I receive seems to be the most basic: How does magick work? Why is it that when you properly perform a ritual or spell you get the desired results?

The simplest and most honest answer is: I don’t know. It seems weird, then, that we . . . → Read More: How Magick Works

Contemporary Art and Classical Myth

Reviewed by Grace Ledbetter

In Roy Lichtenstein’s 1961 Look Mickey, the work the artist considered the origin and fountain of his pop oeuvre, Donald Duck stands on a fishing pier looking with gleeful anticipation into the water as he feels the pull of a huge fish at the end of his line. As he stares . . . → Read More: Contemporary Art and Classical Myth

Ben Jonson’s Witches

By Zan

Once the medieval church assimilated Witchcraft to Devil-Worship in the 15th century, the stereotypical image of a Witch was that of a perverse, amoral, ghoul-like creature; after two hundred years, this stereotype appeared to have the solidness of oak. As James (the first Stuart king of England) was known as a proponent for . . . → Read More: Ben Jonson’s Witches

A Few Thoughts on Plant Totems

By Lupa

In my years of practicing totemism, I’ve noticed that it is much easier for we human animals to connect to other animal beings. And we are especially biased toward those animals that more resemble us—mid-sized, erring on the side of larger, mammals, very often carnivores or omnivores. If we deviate much, it’s usually . . . → Read More: A Few Thoughts on Plant Totems