We all know I’ve had my issues with religion mega-site Beliefnet over the years, but I have to give credit where credit is due. The site, since its purchase by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, has tried to reach out to the various religious communities that regularly visit and make use of its services. One recent initiative has been to add several new blogs, many dedicated to a particular faith tradition. Now the Pagan community is (finally) getting its due with the addition of Gus diZerega as an official blogger.
I need to emphasize that this is A Pagan’s blog. We are a spiritual tradition whose members are held together by common practices far more than by common beliefs. It has always been so in Pagan cultures. From Classical times to the traditions of African Diasporic religions of today and those of our indigenous peoples as well, broadly Pagan traditions have always been of this nature. NeoPagans be they British traditional Wiccans, Celtic Reconstructionists, Asatru, Druids, or any of many other new traditions, may appear bizarrely eclectic and turbulent from a scriptural perspective, but we fit right in with our own history. We do not much fight or argue over dogma, unless someone ventures to speak for us all on those matters. I do not want to try.
I couldn’t think of a better candidate to start off a more productive relationship between Beliefnet, the various faith communities represented at that site, and the wider Pagan community. Gus is author of “Pagans & Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience”, and co-author of the much-praised “Beyond the Burning Times: A Pagan and Christian in Dialogue”. A veteran Gardnerian Wiccan with 25 years of experience under his belt, he is also a political scientist who is helping to start a new online academic journal. I advise my readers to head over to the new blog and say hello, add it to your blogrolls, and particiapate in this new venture (I’ve heard rumours that if this goes well, they might want to add more Pagan voices). For more about Gus and his beliefs, check out my recent interview with him.