Hey, look! I’m in a book! Many thanks to John Halstead of Humanistic Paganism for inspiring, conceiving, organising, editing and doing ALL OF THE THINGS on a much-needed collection that looks set to be an excellent anthology. Non-theistic Pagans have always been around, but now their voices are coming together to be heard as a valid, valuable and vital part of the wider Pagan community.
When I look at the list of contributors, many of whom I have read and followed for ages, and who have way more knowledge and experience than I do, I am flabbergasted and utterly honoured to be amongst them. If you’re interested in hearing a range of different, non-theistic takes on Paganism, then pick up a copy now!
From the back cover:
“Those godless pagans!”
Even in pagan antiquity, there were individuals and groups who, while participating in the community’s religious life, did not believe in literal gods. In the centuries that followed the Christian domination of the West, the epithet “godless pagan” was leveled at a wide variety of people, from polytheists and indigenous peoples to heretics and atheists.
In the 1960s, though, there emerged a community of people who sought to reclaim the name “pagan” from its history of opprobrium. These Neo-Pagans were interested in nature spirituality and polytheism, and identified with the misunderstood and persecuted pagans of antiquity. Over the following decades, a stunning variety of spiritualities blossomed under the umbrella of contemporary Paganism.
While many Pagans today believe in literal gods, there are a growing number of Pagans who are “godless.” Today, the diverse assemblage of spiritual paths known as Paganism includes atheist Pagans…
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