I was very pleased to be interviewed recently by Mukhunda Raghavan of Meru Media. We had a great time, and I hope that you enjoy it as well.

I was honored to present this paper at the International Online Conference on Indigenous Environmentalism for Scholars and Saviours presented by Indic Academy on May 16th and 17th. My thanks to all of my fellow presenters, but especially to Śri Hari Kiran Vadlamani for his gracious invitation.

Video of both days of the conference is available from Indic Academy’s YouTube page:

Day 1 (5/16)

Day 2 (5/17)

Indic Today also printed the paper here.

My article “Egypt’s Returning Goddesses: A Theological Inquiry” from Walking the Worlds Vol. 5, No. 2 (Summer 2019) is now available here on the Theology page. Here is the abstract:

This essay offers a transhistorical, theological overview of the myth and cult of the so-called “Wandering Goddesses,” probably the most important structure in ancient Egyptian religious life with the exception of the Osirian cycle. The heterogeneous character of this mytho-cultic structure, however, makes it difficult to obtain a synoptic view of it without distortion. Rather than proposing a canonical or ideal form of the myth, therefore, this essay approaches it as a network of themes which local cults could draw upon in order to articulate themselves in a nationwide religious context without surrendering their distinct identities. The essential theme of the Wandering Goddess theology is seen to be the Goddess’ engagement with nonbeing and alterity as the source of renewal for the cosmos and for the individual worshiper. Moreover, the individual worshiper’s ecstatic experience in the decentered and occasionally even antinomian cultus of the Wandering Goddess serves to ‘return’ the Goddess to immanence, ensuring the efficacy of her cosmogonic work.

“Egypt’s Returning Goddesses,” Walking the Worlds Vol. 5, No. 2 (Summer 2019), pp. 49-65.

 

 

Aparna Sridhar interviewed me for Soft Power. The questions were stimulating and I really enjoyed it; I hope that you do too.

https://www.softpowermag.com/there-is-a-thirst-for-what-india-alone-can-offer-the-overwhelming-living-presence-of-her-gods-edward-butler-2/

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My article “The Gods and Brahman”, which first appeared in Walking the Worlds Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter 2017, pp. 18-36, is now featured on Indic Today, together with “Bhakti and Henadology”. My thanks again to Indic Academy for showcasing my work on their platform.

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My article “Bhakti and Henadology”, which originally appeared in the Journal of Dharma Studies Vol. 1, No. 1, 2018, pp. 147-161, is now featured on Indic Today. Many thanks to Hari Kiran and the rest of the team at Indic Academy.

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The new issue of Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork is now available, which includes my article “Romanticism and Polytheism: The Modern Gaze on the Ancient and Non-Western Other,” presented at the 2020 meeting of the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division. Here is the abstract:

This paper investigates how Romanticism has determined the approach to the polytheisms of Western antiquity and the continuous polytheistic tradition of India. Impulses toward “Pagan” religiosity in Romantic writers should be taken seriously as challenging the established order in the West, and not merely as an aestheticized atheism. In this era, however, European attitudes toward Hinduism both classical and contemporary were crystallizing, and were informed by reaction to the twin threats of an alien civilization and an alien relationship to the foundations of Western civilization. While the Romantic position tends to elicit our sympathies, the Romantic gaze remains an ambivalent force.

I urge anyone doing work on polytheism to consider submitting it to Walking the Worlds. There are no longer theme issues, so any topic relevant to polytheisms ancient or modern, continuous, revived, or new, from anywhere or nowhere, from a theoretical or practical approach, is welcome. Join us in creating a space for polytheist thought now and for the future. Polytheism will be what you make of it. Please consult the Guidelines.

I am pleased to announce that a major new article of mine appears in the latest issue of the journal Dionysius, and to be able to make it available here. My deepest gratitude, as always, to the editor of Dionysius, Wayne J. Hankey, and to the journal’s hard working editorial staff, for maintaining an outstanding venue for international scholarship on Neoplatonism. It is always an honor for my work to appear in its pages.

“Damascian Negativity,” Dionysius 37 (2019), pp. 114-133.

I would also like to call readers’ attention to two other articles in this issue of Dionysius making significant reference to my work, and which are also available to read online in some form:

Matthew Vanderkwaak, “‘A Shrine for the Everlasting Gods’: Matter and the Gods in Proclus,” pp. 87-113.

Wayne J. Hankey, “Divine Henads and Persons: Multiplicity’s Birth in the Principle in Proclus and Aquinas,” pp. 164-181. (Draft)

“Two Models of Polytheism”

November 29, 2019

My essay “Two Models of Polytheism” from Ascendant: Modern Essays on Polytheism and Theology will now be available as a free PDF here:

“Two Models of Polytheism,” pp. 63-80 in Ascendant: Modern Essays on Polytheism and Theology, ed. Michael Hardy (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2019).

The new issue of Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork is now available. Single issues and one-year subscriptions are available from the Subscriptions page. Single issues can also be purchased from Amazon. This issue includes my article, “Egypt’s Returning Goddesses: A Theological Inquiry”. I wish to thank all the contributors, and as always extend my special gratitude to Dver Winter for her beautiful design work. Check out her full slate of affordable book design services at Winged Words Design.

Submissions are now open for the next issue, deadline December 1st. Check the Submission Guidelines page for further information.