The role of esotericism in Pagan religion

I had the good fortune to just come across a two-part article in Patheos by John Halstead in The Allergic Pagan. He explores whether there would be NeoPaganism in the US had Gerald Gardner never existed. He answers a resounding “yes,” and then makes a fascinating exploration of the similarities and differences that would exist [Read More…]

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Looking to the future: Pagan religions in 50 Years

Amid this rich spiritual diversity most of us will come together in a deeper appreciation for this sacred earth within which we live, and for feminine values as necessary correctives to the one-sided masculine puffery that afflicts and distorts so much of our culture, secular and Christian alike. And that will be quite enough. [Read more…]

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Don Frew on saving Pagan lives, ‘Wiccan privilege’ and interfaith

Few if any NeoPagans have been more active than Don Frew in our interactions with the wider religious world. Given that so much of our history is unavailable except orally, or in very specialized venues, I offered him an opportunity here to comment on interfaith issues and defining Pagan religion. [Read more…]

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What is Paganism? Part IV: Interfaith Recognition

The most convincing evidence supporting the definition of Pagan religion that I have discussed in this series is traditional Pagan peoples’ reactions when they meet modern NeoPagans in interfaith work. We are one of the world’s great religious traditions and by far its oldest. We should take deep satisfaction and pleasure in that fact. [Read more…]

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What Is Paganism? Part III: Pagan Religion from a Historical Perspective

When I write about “Pagan religion,” I am writing about religions with the oldest roots of all. That is also one reason I argue Pagan religion is at its core a “nature religion.” We are part of a tradition that first recognized and encountered the Sacred in and through nature and never really stopped doing so. [Read more…]

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What is Paganism? Part I: The Basics: Religion, Spirituality, and Stories

Theology arises from people trying to figure out the abstract concepts behind the basic story of their religion. They agree about the story, and they never agree about the theology, but the theologies always seek to shed light on the story. [Read more…]

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