I recently got an email from a company I have used in the past telling me I could “opt out” of Mother’s Day promotional emails. I may have cried. I’ll be honest, I would have preferred the default to have been requesting people to “opt in,” but the flood of relief I felt when I … Continue reading Opting out of Mother’s Day
Updates on Kindism.org will be suspended over the holidays to give everyone a chance to spend time with their families (or hide from them, depending on the situation). Regardless of how you choose to celebrate (or ignore) the holidays, I wish you all love, joy, peace and light! Regular posting will resume in the New … Continue reading Kala Xpistouyevva, Kali Xpovia
While I had heard about Ms. Eddy's Christ and Christmas poem growing up, I didn't read it until just recently, when I came across MJSmith's analyses of it on The Ark of Truth Mother's Hood. I am more acquainted with Ms. Eddy's hymn/poem Christmas Morn as it regularly made an appearance at Christmas Hymn Sings, … Continue reading Commentary on Ms. Eddy’s “Christ and Christmas”
Beautiful ways to celebrate the holidays.
An Atheopagan Life is a monthly column about living an atheist, nature-honoring life.
November and December certainly don’t lack for observances and holiday celebrations. In the temperate zone of the planet, pretty much every culture has had some way of celebrating the winter solstice, and the accumulation of many of those traditions lives with us today in the form of Christmas, Chanukah, the Pagan Yule, newer traditions such as Kwanzaa and even Festivus.
For Atheopagans, navigating this season in a manner free of theistic and supernatural overtones can be a bit of a challenge. We’re besieged with well-intentioned messages from relatives and friends rooted in their credulous religious beliefs. Exasperating as it can sometimes be, the main thing is to remember that those expressions are meant kindly and with love, by and large, not to try to shove religious credulity down our throats.
Meanwhile, our own opportunities for observances are…
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As a good Christian Scientist for many, many years, I did my part and abstained from alcohol. While I enjoy cooking with wine, I still don't drink, and my over all knowledge of alcoholic beverages is fairly limited. I'm sure there are other former-CS out there with a similar problem. Thankfully, this handy-dandy chart of … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving
We recently received the following e-mail from Kid1's teacher: IMPORTANT NOTICE: I am suggesting that you avoid downtown this Saturday. The now annual Zombie Walk Contest and Race is happening throughout most of the day and into the night. It is a gruesome and very frightening affair for young children. I do not want these … Continue reading Zombies, Children & Religion: gruesome and very frightening affairs
I came across this in a collection of essays entitled The Truth about Jesus : Is He a Myth? compiled by M. M. Mangasarian, I found it again, online at http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net. I am reminded of the opening of Lord of the Rings (the movie): much that once was is now lost, for none now live … Continue reading A Parable
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I feel the need to preface this with a story. The other day I mentioned to my husband that I'd had the strangest dream in which Phineas Parkhurst Quimby and Mary Baker Eddy were portrayed by Muppets Uncle Deadly and Miss Piggy (complete with the MBE-hairsytle of later years) in a Muppet-esque skit, song and … Continue reading Celebrating the Seasons and a few thoughts on Modern Pagnism, Children and Religion
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