Category Archives: Paganism


Did Christians really ‘steal’ Easter?

Opinion by Candida Moss, special to CNN (CNN) – It’s that time of year again: the time when chocolate comes in pastels, cherry blossoms start to bloom and well-marketed religion exposés are released to the world. In other words, it’s Easter. Among the rash of sensationalist stories we can expect through the season, the annual […]

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Heathenism’s battle with white supremacists

Opinion by Joshua Rood, special to CNN (CNN) – The word “heathen” is a very old one that once meant “heath dweller” or a person who lives out in the wild. Eventually, when Christianity came into Northern Europe, it came to mean “one who still worships the old gods.” It still means that in some parts […]

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It’s All Fun and Games Until Odin Gets Eaten by a Wolf

You may have seen the links going around. Certainly I have, though I guess I’m an obvious target. “Vikings of the World Unite: The Apocalypse is Upon Us.” “Viking apocalypse: End of the world predicted to happen on Saturday (but don’t cancel your weekend plans yet.)” Word on the street is that Ragnarök is scheduled […]

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For some Wiccans, Halloween can be a real witch

By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor (CNN) –  Like lots of people, when October 31 rolls around, Trey Capnerhurst dons a pointy hat and doles out candy to children who darken the door of her cottage in Alberta. But she’s not celebrating Halloween. In fact, she kind of hates it. Capnerhurst says she’s a real, […]

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Only the End of the World Again

I don’t think there’s much point in reiterating the genesis of this post; if you’re reading Killing the Buddha, I’m guessing that you’re exposed to the same media universe as the rest of us, and you’re aware that a significant portion of the population believes a significant portion of the population believes the world is [...]

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My Faith: Reclaiming Halloween’s religious roots

Editor's note: Christine Hoff Kraemer is managing editor of the Pagan Channel and an instructor in Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. By Christine Hoff Kraemer, Special to CNN (CNN) – As Halloween approaches, Americans rush to malls and shopping centers, credit cards in hand. Children are outfitted as ghosts, Disney characters, [...]

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Belief Blog’s Morning Speed Read for Monday, August 13, 2012

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories. From the Blog: CNN: Ryan as VP pick continues election year focus on Catholicism Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his [...]

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For growing ranks of pagans, October 31 means more than Halloween

By Susanne Gargiulo, Special to CNN As pumpkins, witches and faux cobwebs have taken over much of North America for Halloween, Clare Slaney-Davis is preparing an October 31 feast that some would consider much spookier, with table settings for her grandparents, a great-aunt and other relatives who have passed away. As she and her living [...]

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Kentucky town celebrates Pagan Pride Day

Pagans turned out to celebrate the fall harvest in Louisville, Kentucky, CNN affiliate WDRB reports. "It's a celebration of all polytheistic religions," Pagan Pride Day coordinator Mike Avery said.

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