Passing Paganism and Polytheism on to Our Children

In a special site-wide series, Patheos invited scholars, practitioners, teachers, and parents from diverse traditions and perspectives to share their wisdom, insights, and best practices on the topic of “Passing on the Faith: Teaching the Next Generation.”

How do we pass on our faith to children? This is a question most religious traditions care about deeply. We are concerned, perhaps, for our children’s spiritual well-being, their moral grounding and behavior, and perhaps for the ultimate state of their souls. Without the commitment, creativity, and zeal of the next generation, our own values and beliefs may die with us. But what is the best way to communicate faith? If faith is “caught, not taught,” then what can we do to make our spirituality contagious?

Enjoy these responses from our Patheos Pagan contributors, or read responses from different religious traditions here.

Sterling

Passing Faith to the Next Generation

Jason Mankey

Passing on the Faith? Probably Not

John Beckett

Passing on the Faith – The Hidden Questions

 

Ganesha

Passing Down the Trad

Allergic Pagan

Passing on My Paganism

P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

It’s Hard to “Think of the Children”

 

Michelle Mueller

What Pagan Families Can Learn From Unitarian Universalists

About Christine Kraemer

Christine Hoff Kraemer is Managing Editor of the Pagan Channel at Patheos.com. Christine holds a PhD in Religious and Theological Studies from Boston University. She has published widely on literature, popular culture, and Paganism and is the author of Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies (Patheos Press, 2012) as well as Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective (Routledge, 2013). Christine is also an instructor at Cherry Hill Seminary, where she served for two years as chair of the Theology and Religious History department.


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