Neo-Pagan Perspectives

 

 

"When one defines oneself as Pagan, it means she or he follows an earth or nature religion, one that sees the divine manifest in all creation. The cycles of nature are our holy days, the earth is our temple, its plants and creatures our partners and teachers. We worship a deity that is both male and female, a mother Goddess and father God, who together created all that is, was, or will be. We respect life, cherish the free will of sentient beings, and accept the sacredness of all creation."

Edain McCoy
"A Neopagan religion is a modern faith which has been recently reconstructed from beliefs, deities, symbols, practices and other elements of an ancient religion. For example, the Druidic religion is based on the faith and practices of the ancient Celtic professional class; followers of Asatru adhere to the ancient, pre-Christian Norse religion; Wiccans also trace their roots back to the pre-Celtic era in Europe. Other Neo-pagans follow Roman, Greek, Egyptian or similar ancient tradition"

from "Overview of NeoPagan Religious Traditions" page
on religioustolerance.org site

 

Facilitator's note:
Because of the confusion, misinformation and the history of intolerance and persecutions associated with earth based spiritual practices which have been loosely grouped together under "Paganism", I strongly recommend additional readings at sites listed on the Resources page, normally found by clicking "the Meeting Place "link.