Naturalistic Traditions: Were the Classical Greeks naturalistic?

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Last time, we discovered the world’s oldest Naturalistic Pagans* in the Ionian philosophers of ancient Greece. Yet, they comprised no more than a handful of intellectuals in a world full of theists. What was the effect of naturalism on the rest of Greece as it developed in the Classical period? Did it spread through the culture or remain isolated? [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were the Ionian philosophers naturalistic?

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There are those who believe Naturalistic Paganism is but a modern thing, a young sapling in the forest of Paganism. In this article, the truth about its age is discovered. [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Was archaic Greece naturalistic?

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This series on the history of ancient naturalism began with an overview that tipped my hand: I think naturalism emerged first in Classical Greece.* So, what was so special about the Greeks? Was their archaic culture (roughly 800 – 480 BCE) already inherently pregnant with the idea of naturalism? [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Exploring the Historical Roots of Naturalistic Paganism

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Were there Naturalistic Pagans in the ancient world? This is the central question of a new series of essays exploring the historical roots of naturalistic ways among Pagans. [Read more...]


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