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The latest issue of Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork (ISSN 2474-3135) is out, which contains my article “A Metaphysical Reading of Stoic Ekpyrôsis” as well as my review of Pagans and Philosophers:  The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz by John Marenbon.

Other articles in this issue include “Opening the Way: A Brief Study of the Standard of Wepwawet in Three Contexts” by Jennifer Wheatley, “To Bow or Not To Bow: Physical Expressions of Piety in Contemporary American Heathenry” by Galina Krasskova, “Wathanism” by Ali Omran, and “Attestations of Set as Re and Creator” by S.E.B. Logan.

Submissions are now invited for the journal’s Summer Solstice issue, deadline June 1st. There are no longer theme issues, and so any articles relevant to ancient or contemporary polytheisms will be considered, as well as pertinent book reviews. Consult the submission guidelines.

An annual subscription gets you 20% off the cover price, but the issue is also available from Amazon: (*affiliate link) https://amzn.to/2GUTJCV

 

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This volume, which contains my essay “Two Models of Polytheism”, is now available once again, after undergoing needed revisions. From the description on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina site:

Theology, the discipline that analyzes, examines, and seeks to explain religious ideas, is a vibrant area of inquiry. Scholars and philosophers have produced countless works of theology over the past several thousand years.

In the West, however, virtually all theology concerns monotheistic faith systems. Polytheism escapes the notice of most scholars, and those who do address it rarely write books intended for a general, non-academic audience. Polytheology must become its own active discipline if modern Pagan practice is to deepen and grow. Monotheistic assumptions so pervade our culture that even those few people born into polytheist religions (or those who grew up with no religion at all) cannot help but be influenced by them.

Polytheology raises questions that cannot be adequately addressed by answers originally developed in a monotheistic context. Because polytheism is inherently open to variation, the goal of polytheology is not to arrive at a single truth so much as to elucidate the possibilities, to honor and embrace differences, to explore the nature of the Gods and their relationship to humanity. These philosophical ideas provide a greater understanding of the Cosmos, Gods and humanity, and topics such as morality, mortality, and myth.

This volume — with contributions from Edward P. Butler, Patrick Dunn, John Michael Greer, Brandon Hensley, Wayne Keysor, and Gwendolyn Reece — is, we hope, a useful addition to this young but growing field.

Ascendant: Modern Essays on Polytheism and Theology is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon (affiliate link: https://amzn.to/2Xb9KdA) and a number of other retailers.

 

My article on Empedocles is now available here, from my Academia.edu page and on the Philosophy page:

Perceiving Aphrodite: Empedoclean Metaphysics

 

My review of the first volume of the new English translation of Hermias’ commentary on Plato’s Phaedrus by Dirk Baltzly and Michael Share has been posted to the Classical Journal Online Reviews page. My thanks to editor Sergio Yona for his helpful suggestions:

19.01.17 Hermias: On Plato Phaedrus 227a–245e

This paper was presented at the 115th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, on Jan. 9th, 2019, at the Indian Philosophy Association panel, Race, Subjectivity, and the Other: Hamman, Hegel, Schlegel, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.

Other Monads, Other Shores: Metaphysical Pluralism Beyond Hegel

 

Rebecca Buchanan (whose latest book, Dame Evergreen and Other Poems of Myth, Magic and Madness is available here: *Amazon https://amzn.to/2Bv5H1K) interviews me about my new book Essays on Hellenic Theology (*Amazon https://amzn.to/2LxF1SI) in the Winter Solstice 2018 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer:

https://eternalhauntedsummer.com/issues/winter-solstice-2018/edward-p-butler/

I wrote a long-form review essay on Philology and Criticism: A Guide to Mahābhārata Textual Criticism, the new book by Vishwa Adluri and Joydeep Bagchee, which is now available on IndiaFacts.org:

Indology and the Crisis in the Humanities

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Essays on Hellenic Theology

December 13, 2018

I’ve collected all the essays I’ve published so far in Hellenic devotional volumes into a single book, available for the Kindle and in paperback. It’s the first time these have been available outside the context of the original devotionals. (*Amazon affiliate link: https://amzn.to/2Eis1P3)

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Recently I was honored to be asked to record an interview for the podcast The Magician and the Fool. It turned into a wide-ranging discussion that I hope you will enjoy as much as I did.

https://themagicianandthefool.podbean.com/e/episode-ix-edward-butler/

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This new devotional volume from Bibliotheca Alexandrina includes a revised version of my essay “The Nature and Functions of Thoth in Egyptian Theology,” which appeared originally in The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth (*Amazon affiliate link: https://amzn.to/2N5OOTR).

A Silver Sun and Inky Clouds: A Devotional for Djehuty and Set, ed. Ashley Kent and Tatiana Matveeva: *Amazon affiliate link: https://amzn.to/2oWUTU4