Sacred Right or Sacred Rite?

California Senator Dianne Feinstein, at the Senate confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions, voiced her concern that if he is approved as Attorney General, he would overstep his authority and prevent child sacrifice. Of course, Feinstein did not use the term “child sacrifice,” preferring to utilize the euphemistic term “choice” instead. Such word substitutions do indeed make the killing process sound kinder. After all, if she had said, “I want to make certain that Jeff … Continue reading

You Say You Want a Resolution?

It’s that time of year when many make resolutions which they will abandon within weeks, perhaps even days or hours. The spirit may be willing, but the flesh, as we all know, is weak. When and where did this tradition of making New Year’s resolutions originate? Does it have a religious basis? Wikipedia’s entry, “New Year’s resolution” does give us some insight into the religious origins of this practice: Babylonians made promises to their … Continue reading

Worldview Boutique

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) Though I no longer consider myself a Christian, I’m still keeping a space for God in my heart. I didn’t lose my religion. Instead, I’m creating my own. I don’t believe that we humans can live and function happily without any belief or faith in something outside of the physical world we live in. 1 These words from Keay Nigel near the end … Continue reading

Ignorance of the Infinite: Pagans, Logic and God

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2002 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) I have great hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalize and mythologize their science to such an extent that what is, in effect, a belief in us (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to belief in the Enemy. The “Life Force,” the worship of sex, and some … Continue reading

Harry Potter: Sorcery and Fantasy

(This originally appeared in the Fall 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 9) By Marcia Montenegro Harry Potter is a character in a series of books written by J. K. Rowling about a young boy who discovers he really is a wizard, (in other words, a sorcerer). Four books have come out in the Harry Potter series, with 3.8-million copies of the fourth book released in the U.S. on July 8, 2000. … Continue reading

A Worldview in Conflict

Looking at James Redfield’s Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight (This originally appeared in the Spring 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) By Sarah Flashing Just imagine . . . You are Indiana Jones on an adventure seeking to discover a lost civilization. On part of the journey, you run through a cave that leads to an exciting, mythical world. Well into the excursion, you race through corridors … Continue reading