Evolution vs. creation

Almost half of Americans believe God created humans 10,000 years ago by Frank Newport Only about a third of Americans believe that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is a scientific theory that has been well supported by the evidence, while just as many say that it is just one of many theories and has not … Read more

Multi-part souls

Having written about the idea of a multi-part soul among the Norse, I suspect that some will think that such a system is too obtuse to be meaningful. So, I want to present — very briefly — a quick summary of two other cultural systems with multi-part souls. Among the Lakota of the American Plains, … Read more

Norse souls

I don’t like the idea of reincarnation as it’s normally presented, but I have no problem with the idea that some part of the soul can be reborn. Many cultures believe that at death an individual joins his or her ancestors. Although there is some debate, most heathens I know believe that at death they … Read more


I’ve been thinking about reincarnation, a subject that usually does not interest me. I don’t pay much attention to the various ideas about life after death, but the idea of reincarnation particularly irks me. When I say reincarnation, I am thinking of the genericized idea borrowed by New Age Americans from Oriental religions: the idea … Read more

Looking for the Modern Goddess

“Historically speaking, the “ancient” rituals of the Goddess movement are almost certainly bunk“ “Wicca, sometimes known as the Goddess movement, Goddess spirituality, or the Craft, appears to be the fastest-growing religion in America. Thirty years ago only a handful of Wiccans existed. One scholar has estimated that there are now more than 200,000 adherents of … Read more