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Douthat and the Desire for an Unchanging Church

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 11.02.2015 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat's critique of the direction of Catholicism under Pope Francis has recently come under attack from some prominent American Catholic theologians.

When Mister Rogers Rankled Witches

Michael G. Long | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers often encountered criticism from viewers of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.' In letter after letter, irate viewers criticized everything from his generous views of divine grace to his pacifist approach to war to his bold decision to show the erect nipple of a breast-feeding mother.

The Neuroscience of Witches

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 10.29.2015 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

Sex, bias, and mind-bending properties of natural products are at the core of witchcraft. The Tarot cards and highly intuitive witches who read them in New Orleans were fun, but all of this natural and supernatural human behavior--witch's brews, witchcraft, and witch hunts--is neuroscience.

Diplomats and Witch Doctors

ADST | Posted 10.28.2015 | World

When stationed abroad, Foreign Service Officers may face dangers such as carjackings, bombings, or even assassination attempts. However, for some, the most serious threat may be a supernatural one: being cursed by a local witch doctor.

Samhain 2015: Dates, Traditions And Rituals Of The Pagan New Year

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.27.2015 | Religion

In late October and early November, many witches, Wiccans and other pagans around the globe celebrate Samhain, believed to be an ancient Celtic f...

How Creativity Becomes Magic In A Pagan Ritual

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.23.2015 | Religion

Rituals in the pagan Reclaiming tradition typically begin with the same basic structure: Priestesses and priests deliver invocations to the ...

A Modern-Day Witch Explains How Magic Can Empower Women

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.22.2015 | Women

Witchcraft, Wicca, paganism, goddess-based spirituality. Whatever you want to call the practice of magic, it's empowering women.  Enchantments&nb...

10 Witchy Books To Learn More About Paganism

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion

Remember that mysterious girl in middle school who clutched a copy of The Mists of Avalon to her heart like it was a Bible? A powerful nove...

The Magical Lessons We Can Learn From These Pop Culture Witches

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion

At its best, popular culture can reflect certain truths about society and offer clarity on some of life's challenges. These iconic, fic...

Why The Witch Is The Ultimate Feminist Icon

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.08.2015 | Women

Witches are having a cultural moment. From "American Horror Story" to "Witches Of East End" to Jenji Kohan's upcoming series about the Salem...

We're Not All Witches: An Introduction to Neo-Paganism

John Halstead | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

A lot of the coverage of Paganism tends to be sensationalist and tends to focus on Witchcraft and Wicca. But not all Pagans are Witches or Wiccans.

In Praise of Witches Everywhere

Miriam Ava | Posted 08.24.2015 | Women
Miriam Ava

Over the centuries, our culture has created a wonky, wicked view of witches. A whirlwind of power wielding from the Inquisition to the Salem witch ...

5 Women Accused Of Being Witches Beaten To Death In India

AP | Posted 08.08.2015 | World

PATNA, India (AP) — Dozens of villagers in eastern India beat to death five women Saturday, accusing them of practicing witchcraft and blaming them ...

Stop Accusing Us Wiccans of Ritual Murder

Courtney Weber | Posted 08.06.2015 | Religion
Courtney Weber

I don't know how else to say this. Wiccans don't practice ritual murders. Wiccans don't practice ritual murders. Wiccans don't practice ritual murders, okay? How are we in 2015 and still trying to make this clear? I'm scratching my head over here. Okay, I lied. I'm banging it against my desk. Or at least, I was until I stopped to type you this letter.

Mystical Summer Fun for Kids: Part II

Laurie Lovekraft | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Laurie Lovekraft

Instead of an abundance of screen time this summer, how about weaving a story around the campfire that culminates in a kid-friendly ritual? Or camping with your children and building a labyrinth in the woods. Or taking a group of teens on a night hike that includes a silent meditation.

Witches Brew: A Conversation With Author Suzanne Palmieri

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Voodoo, bayous, and lost souls haunt The Witch of Bourbon Street, the latest novel by Suzanne Palmieri. This, her third novel, follows the Sorrow family as they reconcile their losses and gains at summer solstice with a storm coming in.

Bolivia's Witches Demand Respect, Seek Common Ground With The Pope

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2015 | World

EL ALTO, Bolivia, July 4 (Reuters) - At a "Witches Market" in the Bolivian city of El Alto, dried llama fetuses said to bring good fortune hang outsid...

Enchanting Photos Capture The Modern-Day Witches Of Poland

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.17.2015 | Arts

Maria, a healer and a visionary, from "Women of Power" series. Courtesy of the artist and Porter Contemporary Gallery What images comes to mi...

Tanzania Police Arrest Man Accused Of Trying To Sell Albino Niece For Witchcraft

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2015 | World

By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM, June 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tanzanian police have arrested a 44-year-old man accused of tr...

Dark Side Of Life Discovered In A Medieval Oxford Nunnery

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion

Archaeologists excavating a medieval Benedictine nunnery in Oxford have shed light on the darker side of convent life. The excavation of the Littl...

Somewhere Right Now, On This 21st Century Mother's Day, a Woman Is Being Accused Of Witchcraft

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We may idealize women in the role of mother, but the urge to demonize the female isn't just a tribal one. Do you know when the last woman was imprisoned for witchcraft in Great Britain?

Witches Are Selling Sex Spells On Etsy

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion

Enterprising witches, wiccans and occultists are setting up shop online, where customers can pay a fee to have a spell cast remotely on their behalf. ...

Running From Your Past: Read This Magical Novel

Meira Bienstock | Posted 05.16.2015 | Books
Meira Bienstock

Some of us may be attempting to outrun our past, sprinting away from it, cowering away each time it knocks into our lives, unwanted, repeatedly, almost as though our lives are a perpetual series of cycles.

Albino Toddler Dismembered For Witchcraft Purposes, Police Say

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.20.2015 | World

An albino toddler who went missing in Tanzania was found dismembered, and police say they believe the gruesome death is linked to witchcraft rituals. ...

The Weirdest Museums in the World

Findery | Posted 04.19.2015 | Travel

What qualifies a museum as weird? Take a pinch of strange, mix it with morbid, and add a dash of mystery. All of these museums are one-of-a-kind and speak to the curious and will leave you smiling, shuddering or bewildered. Or, all of the above.