A Pagan perspective on the Bible

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The Bible has inspired people to rise up against their oppressors and demand freedom and equality. It is full of rich stories and poetry and demands for equality. It is much more than a single book – it is a collection of stories. Therefore, we should stop reading it as a religious text, and read it as a classic work of our shared culture – the way we read Shakespeare or Milton. [Read more...]

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Paganism for Beginners: Rites of Passage

"Baby naming ceremony, Heathen Freehold Society of British Columbia" by Bygul - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Baby_naming_ceremony,_Heathen_Freehold_Society_of_British_Columbia.jpg#/media/File:Baby_naming_ceremony,_Heathen_Freehold_Society_of_British_Columbia.jpg

A rite of passage is a ritual or ceremony to celebrate and mark the passage from one phase of life to the next. Rites of passage ease us over the threshold into the next phase, and help us to understand and embrace our new status. Rites of passage include baby naming, coming of age, coming out, initiation, marriage, divorce, croning, and funerals. [Read more...]

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Paganism for Beginners: Values

The Temple of Ancient Virtue

Paganism is a life-affirming religion, and most Pagans view the physical world as sacred. Pagan values flow from that and embrace it. [Read more...]

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What is Pagan theology, and why do we need it?

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Pagan theology is the discussion of pagan ethics and values and a discussion on the nature of the gods, and our relationship with them and the world. [Read more...]

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Reasons for addressing God as Mother

Sophia icon, By Ждан Дементьев, Василий Новгородец. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There has been quite a bit of hoo-hah recently as some Anglican women are campaigning for the phrase “God the Mother” to be included in the liturgy. In the Paganism and much of Judaism, the concept of a female aspect of divinity is uncontroversial. The name YHWH is widely recognised to contain both masculine and feminine elements. [Read more...]

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Paganism for Beginners: Theology

PILGRIM ON A FOREST ROAD -- Into the Mist of Old Japan, by Enami

Pagan theology is non-dogmatic, experiential, and descriptive. You are ‘doing theology’ whenever you explain how magic works, describe what you think a deity is, talk about the soul, or what happens after death. You are ‘doing theology’ when you wonder why bad things happen to good people. [Read more...]

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Paganism for Beginners: Wicca

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Wicca is both a religion and a magical practice. Wiccans interact with the world on many levels – physical, spiritual, magical and emotional. Witchcraft is the craft of magic.

Wicca and Witchcraft overlap – all Wiccans are also witches, but not all witches are Wiccans. But the practice of witchcraft (in the sense of doing spells and so on) is only part of the practice of Wicca. [Read more...]

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