Category: Religion & Philosophy

the metaphysical and speculative

As night follows day

Care to be left to their tender ministrations? News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead It’s on everyone’s lips and it needs to be discussed.  Various people said to me yesterday that Autonomous Mind‘s take on it –…

Blind Freddy

A gutless wonder calling himself Anonymous [original, eh?], over at Mark’s place, wrote that “James Higham is a nutter.” I’m not going to argue with that – any normal person would get upset with being called names but I seriously…

Intimations of immortality

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of…

The pagan world [3]

Last of this series. 4. The absence of doctrine Fourth is the absence of a mental and philosophical structure to the pagan view of the universe. There is no one in charge, no one monotheistic creator-god who made the world…

The pagan world [2]

2.  Melancholy The second significant landmark of the pagan mental world is melancholy. Contemplate the despair inherent in Norse dreams of the Twilight of the Gods, where all that is bright and good in life must perish bravely; or contemplate…

The pagan world [1]

Foreword Speaking broadly, there are only three basic types of civilization: Pagan, Christian, and Post-Christian. Each type has a different soul. If you prefer a less accurate terminology,  we might say each of the three types has a different animating…