Cue the tablas and whale music

My title is lifted from Charles Blow’s column in the New York Times, noting that the recent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life report on American religiosity shows that things are pretty darn heterodox in the pews (no pun intended).

When 28 percent of Roman Catholics say that they believe in reincarnation (really?!), or nearly a fifth of Americans say they have seen a ghost, then perhaps American religion is “a mash-up of traditional faiths, fantasy and mythology.”

Sounds almost Pagan.

2 thoughts on “Cue the tablas and whale music

  1. Curiously, my own personal Pagan outlook has taken me to a slightly less inclusive syncretism than I used to support. I've discovered that if I believe everything, then it's difficult for me to figure out how to do anything (purposively, magically, speaking).

    What probably brought this home to me, operationally, is learning the ways of mountain bike riding. Picking the good line and traversing it successfully or not has bodily consequences that urge sound, discerning judgments and skillful execution.

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