As an integral part of many people's lives across the world, religion naturally intersects with just about every other aspect of society: politics, entertainment, morality, law, etc. This week, for Faithful Friday, we take a look at some of the ways religion impacts our lives outside of purely denominational settings. Join us as we look at the politics of religion in the United States, the way in which religion (and other strong ideologies) affect scientific progress, and even how the popular sci-fi franchise Star Wars is impacted by religious values.
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Harmony. It's something most of us want in our lives but it can be difficult to achieve in practice. How do we live in harmony with nature? Can we create a world that's sustainable and prosperous for posterity? These questions and more are the subject of this week's Earthy Thursday.
Today's Earth Day, and our PaganNewsBeagle today celebrates what we like to think of as Mother Earth's big birthday party with stories that dig under the birthday candles. Is Earth Day a religious celebration?; simple Earth spell; Pagan statement on the environment; Jason (the Wild Hunt) sounds off; things we've learned since last Earth day.
Is Earth Day actually Pagan? (In which case, legally, it might not be legal for schools to celebrate it due to separation of church and state.) A recent court decision says, "No." (Which is actually good news for our side.)...
In today's Fiery Tuesday post, we concentrate on politics and activism of interest. Wendell Berry on how to face an increasingly fraught future without losing hope; John Beckett on what good is Earth Day; Crystal Blanton on "colorblind" Paganism; how to fight racists in your (Pagan) community; John Halstead sounds off on the "anti-capitalism Pagan" movement.
Philosopher, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry has been fighting for the environment for decades. Here's how he faces the future.
Some Pagans have recently posted that EarthDay is useless (and even a fraud.) John Beckett begs to disagree.
Happy Monday! In today's Airy Monday post we share stories of the ancient past -- hidden beneath our feet. Welcome to the wonderful world of cave cities! (And check out the bonus post on future caves -- off world!) Cave cities: Nottingham, Turkey, Rome, and .... the Moon?
Did you know that the famous city of Nottingham (of "Robin Hood" legend) is actually built on top of a network of more than 500 human-created caverns? These caves might just explain how Robin Hood’s Merry Men came and went from Nottingham Castle so easily. Check out the story here....
Welcome back to Faithful Friday, faithful readers! This week we'll be looking at the intersection of religion and society as a whole, particularly in regards to how the law and morality comes into play. Is compelling a Christian baker who believes homosexuality is a sin to make a wedding cake for a gay couple religious discrimination? Or is giving the baker the ability to refuse a license to discriminate? How might you raise a moral robot? These questions and more are addressed in the following stories.
How can we make the world a better place? This is a question many people have asked throughout the ages, with many different answers. For this week's Earthy Thursday we look at those who are trying to create a more sustainable future—either by advancing new technology that's greener and more efficient or by utilizing nature's own solutions—alongside a few other choice stories about humanity's intersections with the natural world.