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This new Bibliotheca Alexandrina devotional volume includes an essay of mine, “Aphrodite and Theology” (pp. 94-110). You can see a table of contents for the volume here, order the volume from this page, or from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. My thanks to the editor, Rebecca Buchanan, who also writes fiction, and in addition to her never-ending editorial duties on behalf of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, is also the editor of Eternal Haunted Summer.

Blood and Roses: A Devotional for Aphrodite and Venus, ed. Rebecca Buchanan (Asheville, NC: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2017).

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The new issue of Walking the Worlds is out. In this issue I have a 2,000 word review essay on H. Jeremiah Lewis’ Hunting Wisdom: A Bacchic Orphic Diviner’s Manual. I recommend the book highly, and discuss general issues concerning divination provoked by reflection upon it. Steven Dillon‘s article in this issue, “From the Gods to Divination,” also makes reference to my work in intriguing fashion for a deduction of the validity of divination.

The theme for the next issue is “Text and Tradition”; the deadline is Nov. 1st. I hope that some of you will consider submitting something for it. Writer’s guidelines are here.

Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork (ISSN 2474-3135) is available by subscription or as single issues.

I recently transferred all of the entries from my old LiveJournal to a Dreamwidth page, Endymion’s Bower. As I did with the LJ, I intend to use this as a space for occasional longer pieces of writing for which I don’t have any more formal use at the moment, but which I’d like to make available immediately rather than waiting until some such use comes along. Hence this text, a pendant of sorts to my recent article on Plotinus (“Plotinian Henadology,” Kronos Philosophical Journal Vol. V, 2016, pp. 143-159):

More on Polycentricity in Plotinus

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the awarding of the Temple of Dendur to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I’m adding to this site a complete guide to the deities depicted on the temple, allowing a visitor to easily look up who is depicted in any of the surviving scenes. I created this guide for my personal use some time ago. To my knowledge, no other exists, though the information is readily available from A. M. Blackman’s The Temple of Dendûr (Cairo: IFAO, 1911).

The Temple of Dendur: A Guide to its Goddesses and Gods

 

Ἑστία ἐστι

April 5, 2017

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This new devotional volume dedicated to Hestia includes an essay of mine, Ἑστία ἐστι (“Hestia is”). You can see a table of contents for the volume here, and order it from this page, as well as from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. My thanks to the editor, Terence P. Ward, as well as to Rebecca Buchanan, editor-in-chief of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, for all their work, and to the other contributors for the works whose pages I share in celebration of the great Goddess Hestia.

First and Last: A Devotional for Hestia, ed. Terence P. Ward (Asheville, NC: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2017).

My friend and colleague Galina Krasskova did an interview with me recently for her blog, Gangleri’s Grove. While you’re there, be sure to take a look at all the other things she’s up to; I don’t know of anybody who does as much for the polytheist movement in so many ways as Galina does. She’s a continuing inspiration to me.

Polytheistic Voices: Interview with Dr. Edward Butler

 

I am very pleased to announce the publication of a major new article of mine in the latest issue (Vol. V) of Kronos Philosophical Journal. The entire issue can be downloaded from the page I have linked, or you can access my article as an individual PDF below, as well as from the Philosophy page of this site. I wish to thank the editors of Kronos, especially Andrzej Serafin, and all the journal’s staff for this opportunity and for all the hard work they put into this outstanding publication.

“Plotinian Henadology,” Kronos Philosophical Journal, Vol. V (2016), pp. 143-159.

Here’s an abstract:

Plotinus’ famous treatise against the Gnostics (33), together with contemporary and thematically related treatises on Intelligible Beauty (31), on Number (34), and on Free Will and the Will of the One (39), can be seen as providing the essential components of a Plotinian defense of polytheism against conceptual moves that, while associated for him primarily with Gnostic sectarians overlapping with Platonic philosophical circles, will become typical of monotheism in its era of hegemony. When Plotinus’ Gnostics ‘contract’ divinity into a single God, they not only devalue the cosmos for its multiplicity and diversity, but also multiply intelligible principles unreasonably. This is because they have foreclosed the distinction, which is to become increasingly explicit in the later antique Platonists, between the intelligible and that which is given existentially, the domain belonging to Plotinus’ indeterminate multiplicity of ‘intelligible Gods’, as opposed to the dialectically determinate number of intelligible principles. Plotinus is prescient in recognizing that incipient monotheism threatens to erase the distinction between philosophy and theology, and between both of these and psychology, the final outcome of which can only be solipsism or nihilism. The defense of polytheism is seen in this fashion to be essential to the preservation of the space for philosophical discourse.

 

This talk, which I gave at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in Philadelphia in 2005, has long been available in my essay collection, Essays on a Polytheistic Philosophy of Religion. However, now that it has been translated and appears on the web in Portuguese at Hellenismo.net, it occurred to me that I should post it here in a stand-alone form.

Neoplatonism and Polytheism

 

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The new issue of Walking the Worlds is out, and though I do not have a piece in this issue, everyone should still check it out; many intellectual pleasures await you. A table of contents is available here, and on the same site you will find information about how to order, as well as submission guidelines. The theme for the next issue (Summer 2017) will be “Divination and Oracles”. The deadline for submissions for this issue is May 1st; write something and submit it, don’t be afraid!

On related notes, first, Sarah Kate Istra Winter, the brilliant designer of Walking the Worlds as well as an important voice on its editorial board and an occasional contributor—including in the present issue—has a new book out that I recommend highly, Between the Worlds: Notes from the Threshold. At the link, you’ll find a detailed description and table of contents, as well as links to order it directly from Createspace, or from Amazon. Winter is one of the most potent and insightful voices in devotional polytheism, and her work deserves our attention and support.

Second, I’d like to link to a piece that just missed the cut to be included in the present issue of Walking the Worlds, due rather to constraints on the author’s time than to any shortcomings in his work. He’s published it on his site, however, and I hope you’ll have a look: The Cults of Dionysos: Ecstatic Practices and Shamanism in Classical Greece

I would like to acknowledge the work being done at Hellenismo to bring vanguard work on ancient polytheistic thought to readers of Portuguese, including new work in Portuguese as well as a translation project, of which my essay “Neoplatonism and Polytheism” was one of the first beneficiaries.

It is an honor for my work to be included in such an exciting project, and I extend my heartfelt thanks to Paulo Júnio de Oliveira and Antonio Vargas for their efforts translating the piece. This paper was presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in November 2005, and printed for the first time in my Essays on a Polytheistic Philosophy of Religion.

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