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NeoPaganism – Re-imagining the past for contemporary needs

NeoPaganism is an umbrella term for diverse spiritual movements that reimagine beliefs and practices from the Middle Ages and pre-Christian era. The overall purpose is to restore and develop apparently lost and repressed forms of spiritual knowledge and practice. Goddess … Continue reading


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Proclus – A good example of how all spiritual beliefs are not the same

Proclus (410-85 CE) was an influential Greek Neoplatonist philosopher. Born in Lycia, he moved to Athens for the remainder of his life. A lawyer by trade, Proclus came to realize that he preferred philosophy so made a study of the classics … Continue reading


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Polyphonic chant (and a little polyphonic trivia for the digital age)

Polyphonic chant is a type of Christian devotional singing developed in the 10th century where two or more melodies or parts are sung together in a composition. As with anything new, not everyone approved of polyphony. Some believed that melodic … Continue reading


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Psi Spies – A different kind of dark web?

Preamble (skip) I always feel a bit apprehensive writing about paranormal phenomena (psi). Earthpages is about dialog and change. And none of that will happen if readers are alienated by fringe topics. If I simply wanted to mirror today’s trends … Continue reading


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Q – It’s okay to be uncertain

The Catholic Monk Thomas Merton once said that the Bible is a difficult, perplexing work. It doesn’t make sense. It has contradictions. And its Old Testament often portrays God as an immature, violent ogre. But with his hallmark Christian optimism, … Continue reading


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Pythagoras – A lot more than a triangle

We’ve probably all heard of Pythagoras. In junior high the Pythagorean theorem is a mainstay of math class. For a right-angled triangle, the square of the length of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the … Continue reading


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Plotinus – Is “The One” really God?

Plotinus (205-70 CE) was an ancient Greek speaking philosopher thought to have been born in Egypt. He established a branch of philosophy that, since the Renaissance, has been called Neoplatonism. At Rome in 244 CE he became a prominent teacher of … Continue reading


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Platonism – The one and the many

Platonism refers to beliefs and theories based on the metaphysical ideas expressed in Plato‘s dialogues. These usually include Plato’s division of an ideal realm of the Forms that is unchanging eternal truth and an ordinary realm of the so-called external … Continue reading