Faith and Belief

Otter in Alaska, photo by S Chucke (public domain). Pixabay.

Many Pagans will tell you that they do not have faith and belief, because they know by experience that the gods exist. Here they are using the words in their modern sense of ‘assent to a creed’. Other Pagans will quite happily use the words faith and belief, because they mean something different by those words. What is going on? What do the words ‘faith’ and ‘belief’ mean? Has their meaning changed over time? [Read more...]

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A bubble of complacency

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One of the things that enables me to function more-or-less effectively is the notion that bad things won’t happen to me. I call this “the bubble of complacency”. The bubble is a sense that all is well, life is generally benevolent, and other people do not actively wish one harm, and that the arc of [Read More...]

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The sacred and the holy

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Interestingly, many Pagans (including myself) seem to prefer the word "sacred" to the word "holy". To me, sacred implies something that celebrates the sanctity of being alive, and it can include the erotic and the wild. Holy, on the other hand, implies abstinence from the erotic and embracing ‘civilisation’. [Read more...]

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