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Future of Paganism

Introduction

Introduction

A reincarnation of ancient faiths, Paganism in the twenty-first century faces unique questions. In its diversity, is there unity? Which particular expressions of faith in the old gods will survive into the decades to come, and which might die out? How will Pagans becoming increasingly influential in modern American society? Patheos probes these questions and more in its Future of Religion series.

Contributors include: Margot Adler, Helen Berger, T. Thorn Coyle, Raven Digitalis, Gus diZerega, Ivo Dominguez, Jr., Kenaz Filan, Ellen Evert HopmanK.C. HulsmanChristopher Knowles, Galina Krasskova, Erynn Rowan Laurie, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, Mya Om, M. Horatius Picinus, Sarah Pike, and K.W.

The Future of Paganism Is Our Future

The Future of Paganism Is Our Future

 

Paganism, a diverse and eclectic movement, invites everyone's participation. Here a variety of Pagans weigh in on the Paganism of tomorrow, including contributions from Margot Adler and Raven Digitalis.

Are Solitaries The Future Of Paganism?

Are Solitaries The Future Of Paganism?

Helen A. Berger (Brandeis University)

A sociologist on the individualized, unlabeled majority of the contemporary Pagan movement.

Opening the Mystery

Opening the Mystery

T. Thorn Coyle (Author, teacher, musician)

We must embrace a plural definition of initiation that reflects the variety of our souls.

Paganism and the Role of Interfaith Dialogue

Paganism and the Role of Interfaith Dialogue

Gus diZerega (Author, Gardnerian Elder)

Gus diZerega explores the role of interfaith dialogue in the future of Paganism.

Pagans at the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

Pagans at the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

Ivo Dominguez, Jr. (Author, Wiccan elder)

As the Age of Aquarius slowly turns, what does it hold for Paganism?

Cultures That Embrace Vodou Will Shape Its Future

Cultures That Embrace Vodou Will Shape Its Future

Kenaz Filan (Author, blogger)

Vodou has always been a flexible faith that adapted to problems as they arose. But its root -- its spirits and its tradition of serving them -- will survive and cast out new shoots now and in the decades to come.

Druids: Moving Forward, Remembering the Past

Druids: Moving Forward, Remembering the Past

Ellen Evert Hopman (Elder of the Order of Whiteoak)

In ancient times it took twenty years to earn the title of Druid. Plunking down $25 to join a Druid Order or reading a book or two does not begin to explore what we are and what we can be.

Heathens Moving Forward: Moving Past Our Differences

Heathens Moving Forward: Moving Past Our Differences

K.C. Hulsman (Author, gythia of Urdabrunnr Kindred)

We need to move beyond our differences, accept the fact that we have them, and work together to build up the community for those things that we do have in common.

Gods and Geeks in the Endless American Twilight

Gods and Geeks in the Endless American Twilight

Cristopher Knowles (Author, editor, geek)

Do comics give us tales of heroes, or the mythos of Gods?

Future of Midgard: Heathenry Reaching Out for a Dynamic Future

Future of Midgard: Heathenry Reaching Out for a Dynamic Future

Galina Krasskova (Author, staff writer for Witches and Pagans magazine, Northern Tradition shaman)

We're seeing multiple denominations, methodologies of devotion, and approaches to orthodoxy evolving out of what once was a very rigid, insular faith.

Polypraxy: A Multitudinous Future

Polypraxy: A Multitudinous Future

Erynn Rowan Laurie (Author, poet)

There are countless ways to honor the Gods and they are all right!

Niche Religions: Your Own Personal Paganism?

Niche Religions: Your Own Personal Paganism?

P. Sufenas Virius Lupus (Author, founding member of the Ekklesía Antínoou)

One practice done by one person well and fully is worth much more than the practices of thousands who are part of a structure in which they have neither personal spiritual investment nor deep identification.

Tribes: Redefining a Generation

Tribes: Redefining a Generation

Mya Om (Author, Wiccan)

It is up to us as a family, as a community to decide what we want to take with us, what brush strokes should be added to the canvas.

Ad Futura: The Ancient Religion of Rome in Modern Life

Ad Futura: The Ancient Religion of Rome in Modern Life

M. Horatius Picinus (Pontifex Maximus of Nova Roma)

The religion of ancient Rome isn't merely surviving, but thriving!

Paganism In The News

Paganism In The News

Sarah M. Pike (California State University, Chico)

News coverage of Pagans has changed a lot in the past twenty-five years.

Being Black and Pagan

Being Black and Pagan

K.W. (Author, Witch)

In a movement built on tolerance, we shouldn't make assumptions about Black Pagans.

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