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Sacred Narratives

Mythology both ancient and modern contributes to the sacred stories through which Pagans find meaning in themselves, their community, and the cosmos.

Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings

Pagans vary widely in their understanding of deities or spirits, although most revere the natural world as both good and spiritually enchanted.

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

Generally speaking, Pagans see both the foundation and the purpose of humanity as embedded in the physical environment. Humans are not "given" nature and purpose so much as they create it.

Suffering and the Problem of Evil

Suffering and harm are natural aspects of life; therefore, Paganism aims for pragmatic and virtuous ways to respond to these unavoidable realities.

Afterlife and Salvation

Pagans regard death as simply part of life, and therefore nothing to be feared. Beyond death lies either some form of paradise or reincarnation (or both).