The latest “Queer I Stand” column that I wrote is up at Patheos.com’s Pagan channel, which is called “Bringing Back the Gods.” As you’ll see, it’s exactly what it says on the tin, and is about making cultus to divine beings be a central aim for modern paganism.
Now, many of you might say, “But isn’t it already?” In polytheist circles, yes; but in the wider world of modern paganism, not so much, and the pieces I link to in the article have been conspicuous in their absence of actually referring to the gods at all in some cases–and deliberately so in one case. I find that problematic. While I do know and understand that there are all sorts of approach to modern paganism, some of which don’t include gods, and some of which are even against anything that would suggest gods exist at all, nonetheless I find it highly problematic to make those who do recognize the gods and have relationships with them be the odd-balls, the minority, or the weird lunatic fringe, which is the direction some of those attempts to define us seem to be going.
Have a look, if you like, and feel free to comment there or here as you may prefer.