So, yesterday, after wrapping up my post, I said to myself, "Yikes! There are still so many other things that I wish to discuss."
The most important things which struck me on his blog over on Patheos are first, the title of the Blog itself: The Allergic Pagan; the second thing was within the recent posting itself which I pointed out in my first posting, where Mr. Halstead was comparing himself to almost every form of spirituality and non-spirituality available, including the kitchen sink, there-by erasing from history good and pious people's understandings of themselves. Way to go, Mr. Halstead. You are probably one if not THE MOST ARROGANT "insert expletive of choice here" under your gee-whizz exterior (no one can say that such a cute fellow as you are could possibly be certainly one of the most VISIBLY IGNORANT FAUX MENTORS of the community). Yet, there it is. Your main identification is as an atheist. You have stated so yourself. There is nothing wrong in being an atheist. However, to then cloak yourself in the language of the spiritual and/or religious is specious. It is bait-and-switch, it is fraud. I know that it is possible to stand in awe before Nature without having to call upon or pray to the deities and spirits. You should try it -- at least you would not be a hypocrite. Carl Sagan was an atheist -- buy the DVDs of the original Cosmos if you want to see how it is done. Stay with your New Atheist friends, including Dawkins, laughing up your sleeves at the poor polytheists (oh, we're now multi-deists because of your troublesome meddling). Sometimes I wish that metal edged rulers hitting certain fingers are called for at this point. I do not call myself a pagan -- and my religion does not start with the letter "P", either. Obviously, you are not really educated in the how or why of developing a relationship with the divine. However, that's just the thing. You are an atheist, so you cannot develop a relationship to the divine -- or with Nature, because of the spirits. You cannot develop a relationship to a group of cells or molecules. You really are rather pathetic, yet, you have so many eyes and ears turned to what you say. Eventually people will see you for the hollowman you are. Go Away Now.