(Readers: this is Part Two of a 3-part article. Click on these links for Part One and Part Three.)
I need to start writing shorter descriptions if I want to get through all of these! Here are the books I acquired that came out this summer.
Magical Gardens – written 15 years ago by the late and great Patricia Monaghan, a couple years ago she contacted me to see if we’d be interested in releasing a revised and updated anniversary edition. Of course I said yes! This book is a treasure, and if I ever have a yard, I will use this book to design an enchanted garden – maybe Bast’s Cat Garden, maybe Kuan-Yin’s Garden of Mercy, maybe the Sorcerer’s Secret Garden
Jesus Through Pagan Eyes, by Reverend Mark Townsend, has been reviewed by Teo Bishop in The Huffington Post Religion section. The review focuses on Bishop's personal relationship with Jesus, which mirrors that of Reverend Townsend, and the many Pagan voices featured in Jesus Through Pagan Eyes that bring a more universal view of Jesus to light.
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Jesus is always pissing someone off! Back in his day he was a controversial, anti-establishment Jewish teacher, and today he’s getting Pagans all riled up about a little book called Jesus Through Pagan Eyes.
I worked with the Reverend Mark Townsend on this book from its inception in 2009, and it’s really an exciting premise: looking at the figure of Jesus (both historical and mythical, which must be teased out from each other and examined separately) outside of the confines of the Christian church, and seeing whether there is anything Pagans can take away from this vision and apply to our own paradigm, or rather framing Jesus according to our own understanding and worldview. Not as a
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Mark Townsend, author of Jesus Through Pagan Eyes.
Though Jesus was often discussed by his contemporaries in a manner suggested by this post's title, the above words do not in fact refer to Jesus, but to me.
"Oh, how arrogant!" you might now be thinking. Actually no, I’m merely paraphrasing the comments that have often been made behind my back by people (Christians) who simply can’t cope with the stuff I write. I’m a priest, you see, yet one who has had an almost constant battle with his own religion and the hierarchies within it. From teenage days when, as a young would-be-clergyman, my own parish Curate told me that I should