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Paganism 101

July 27, 2011

I contributed to a group effort guest post on The Slacktiverse about Paganism, which posted today. Literata wrote most of it, but I talked about one of my guiding principles, and how I apply it in my life.

Here’s an excerpt (written by Literata):

Scholar of religion Stephen Prothero uses a four-part model to talk about the basics of religions. He says that most religions identify a problem, offer a solution which is also the religious goal, provide techniques for achieving that goal, and have exemplars of people who have achieved that goal. (God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World – and Why Their Differences Matter, HarperCollins, 2010, p 3.) In most forms of Paganism, we might apply that model in the following way: the problem is isolation, the solution is living in relationship with people and the world around us, the techniques provided are a vast array of means for connecting and fostering relationships, and the exemplars are our companions, especially those who are successfully living in healthy relationships with their world, including non humans and possibly forces, powers, and deity or deities.

Check out the whole thing, including my bit, here.

(Note: I added the links in the excerpt.)

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