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044_SamWebster5.13cropped.3x3x300Tonight we meet with former Columnist Sam Webster (now at The Wild Hunt) to talk about his controversial Patheos article “Why You Can’t Worship Jesus Christ and Be Pagan,” and other issues such as the superiority of Pagan theology, his concerns regarding the popular notion of building interfaith relationships, religious legitimacy, and his thoughts on what we need to be doing as Pagans to insure our religious future in the years to come.

Sam is also the President and Executive Director of the Pantheon Foundation, whose mission is to provide organizational support for the practice of Pagan religion and the fostering of Pagan Ministry. To study the history, promote the culture, and advance the social welfare of Pagans and the Pagan community.

Sam Webster, M. Div., Mage, hails from the Bay Area and has taught magick publicly since 1984. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1993. He is now a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, UK, studying Pagan history under Prof. Ronald Hutton. He is an Adept of the Golden Dawn, a cofounder of the Chthonic-Ouranian Templar order, and an initiate of Wiccan, Druidic, Buddhist, Hindu and Masonic traditions.

His work has been published in a number of journals such as Green Egg and Gnosis, and 2010 saw his first book Tantric Thelema, establishing the publishing house Concrescent Press. He authors two blogs, Arkadian Anvil and Pagan Restoration . In 2001 he founded the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, and serves the Pagan community principally as a priest of Hermes. –

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1 Comment

Lloyd Hargrove · July 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

Truly I am not worthy to actually mention this considering the current company, but is this not another case of the cauldron calling the kettle black? Christians say you can’t be Pagan while Pagans say you can’t be Christian? Yet each is invested in surviving the other – one way or another… and then there are the Muslims to consider.

Such division is credited by some schools of thought to the fall of the tower of Babel – through Divine intervention no less. Thereafter, the doctrines of organized religion have forever been the bootstrap of the Devil – pretty much regardless of whose doctrine it is. Ultimately, self-serving doctrines (by definition) always say we must now engage ourselves in the building of walls between each other instead of shamefully building any tower which actually attempts to reach Heaven.

Perhaps there is some small scale of difference available between “worship” in the various strictly defined exclusive extremes and another position which is somewhat less stringent and provides for the actual recognition and acknowledgement of the historical and continuing evolution of mankind’s spiritual perceptions as found for this particular planet? Unfortunately such deviants and “unbelievers” represent an untenable threat to some religious leaders who each have their own particular version of deity to serve, unto pain of death (an oxymoron) in some cases.

I’m currently reading a very interesting book.

As a Baptist am I allowed to give a respectful nod to the Druids this book describes without getting my head chopped off? Perhaps I’ll survive this week regardless, and besides, I haven’t finished the book yet.

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