growing out of paganismJanuary 6, 2009
Recently, one of the oldest pagan podcasts, Deo’s Shadow, packed its bags and closed its doors after nearly a year (a year?) of no content and no updates. They sent out an email to all the members of their facebook, and posted on the main sites blog, stating as much, and claiming that a life of philosophy-driven study (Deo is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy) has caused them to outgrow paganism.
Some have criticized this stance, claiming that there should be something about paganism that needs to expand in order to include the intellectually-minded so that they can still find their needs met. I, for one, am part of this category, only still calling myself pagan for the sake of my personal history, my own love of theatrics and ritual, and based on certain morals and ethics I learned from paganism at large. But all the supernatural aspects of paganism, all the deity worship, all the magic, philosophically leads to zero, where an accrual of all the data used to say that paganism is one thing leads one to believe this is total bupkiss.
There are too many new agey, wishy-washy ideals that do not require a person use their head, while all of pagan thought is oriented at taking a skeptical approach to religion and an introspective eye on nature and the self. This is a fatal combination. If you spend any time trying to reconcile the nature of magic and the nature of the universe, you will not get an equal sign anywhere in the equation without putting in a whole lot of question marks you aren’t allowed to figure out later. It just doesn’t go very far.
Cheers to you, Deo’s Shadow. You were one of my favorite podcasts of a long time, and the philosophy segments of the show really started me on a path to atheism and non-religiosity. Hope the best for everyone involved in that project. Maybe we’ll see Deo and Mandy creep back into podcasting in the future.