I was honored to be invited to appear on a panel at the 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions hosted by the International Commission for Human Rights and Religious Freedom titled “Indigenous Religious Traditions and a Polycentric Worldview”. Here is the text of my remarks.

Register here to attend the first ever online conference of the Center for Global Polytheist and Indigenous Traditions at Indic Academy. (Please note that the time on the registration form is just a placeholder for now.)

In addition to the papers which came in from the earlier announcement, the organizers have decided to expand the conference, adding two new sections and inviting the participation of public intellectuals, thinkers and artists in the Dialogues on Pluralism and in Polytheist Art.

In the Dialogues on Pluralism, participants will discuss the broader intellectual, social and ecological implications of the fundamental cosmogonic multiplicity entailed by the polytheist worldview, for which the world embodies a multiverse constructed by human, inhuman and divine agents of all kinds, with irreducibly many forms of organization and superimposed fabrics of meaning.

In the section on Polytheist Art, the celebration of living polytheisms at the conference will incorporate contributions in the visual arts by polytheist creators, including the participation of polytheist artists’ cooperative Numen Arts.

Those interested in participating in either of the new sections should contact me at epb223@gmail.com.

I was honored to be invited to give this lecture at the Centre for Indic Studies, which is now available to view on their YouTube Channel. My thanks to Dr. Ritendra (Ram) Sharma for his interest in my work, and to the entire team at CIS for facilitating this event.

Recently I was honored to be invited to give a guest lecture for Prof. Joydeep Bagchee‘s course Race and Hindu Reform at the Hindu University of America. My talk discussed four tactics that have been used historically to deny the existence and validity of polytheistic worship and to promote the idea of the supremacy and inevitability of monotheism. Indic Today has graciously published the revised text here.

As a member of the Advisory Board of the open access online journal Oscillations: Non-Standard Experiments in Anthropology, the Social Sciences, and Cosmology, I am especially pleased to announce that its latest issue, “In-dividuals and Multiplicities”, features my article “Polytheism as Methodology in the Study of Religions”. Here is the abstract:

Contingent historical factors have resulted in a peculiar disciplinary organization of the Western academy such that ‘Theology’, which on the analogy of other similarly-named disciplines such as ‘Biology’ one might expect to study the diverse manifestations of divinity in general, instead practices what the article terms a methodological monotheism, presupposing that theos is necessarily extensionally singular. The study qua Gods of the Gods of traditions with many Gods, or of any God not conceived as identical with the singular supreme being methodologically posited as the one God of all peoples, having been excluded thus from Theology, the study of these objects has been instead relegated to the field of Religious Studies, which, as an anthropological discipline, is assumed to practice methodological atheism and to study religions purely as forms of historical human behavior. The article proposes a resolution of this dilemma through the adoption of a methodology based on the characteristic polycentricity of polytheism in a comprehensively reconceived and non-reductionist discipline of Theology.

My thanks to the editors of Oscillations, Adam Louis-Klein and Justin Shaffner, for their vision and tireless dedication to a new path forward for the social sciences. The article is available online and in pdf form here.

My new online course, “Introduction to Polytheism”, is being offered through Indica Courses, an initiative of Indic Academy. From the description:

Polytheisms may well be the most undervalued cultural resource in the world. We fail to grasp the nature of polytheism in thinking that it merely constitutes a division of divine labor among a number of limited demigods. Rather, fully functioning polytheisms embody multiple different fundamental accounts of the nature of reality nevertheless forming a stable matrix. Through hosting a plurality of Gods, polytheistic civilizations exhibit maximum diversity in maximum solidarity: each one is a multiverse. This course provides an overview of continuous and revived polytheistic traditions from every part of the world, offering the seeker a basis for further study and comparison.

The course will be 15 sessions, meeting Thursday mornings at 6:30 PM IST/9 AM EST, beginning Sept. 2. Enrollment includes access to recorded sessions.

To help people keep up with developments at the Center for Global Polytheist and Indigenous Traditions, I’ve created a couple of social media pages for the Center. There’s a Facebook page now, as well as Instagram. Please follow and share.

I was very pleased to be invited to take part in this conversation with Mukunda Raghavan of Meru Media and Sarenth Odinsson, James Stovall and Caitlin Stormbreaker, hosts of the podcast Around Grandfather Fire. I think that you will find this wide-ranging discussion richly informative about the theory and practice of revivalist polytheism.

The new devotional volume from Bibliotheca Alexandrina dedicated to Athena and Minerva includes my essay “Athena and the Heart of Truth”. My thanks to editors Jason Ross Inczauskis and Amanda Artemisia Forrester and to Rebecca Buchanan for all her work on behalf of BA. The devotional is available now in paperback, and will soon be available on multiple ebook platforms. If you like, you may purchase the paperback through this affiliate link, and I will earn a commission at no cost to you: https://amzn.to/3hAwFtK.

This is an interview I did for the Mad Sage Astrology blog about Neoplatonism and theurgy.