Naturalistic Paganism


Science vs. religion: Mythology is poetry, not prose, by Heather Wiech

image enhanced from Education by Louis Comfort Tiffany How do you keep myth from becoming dogma?  Heather Wiech suggests it takes both science and religion.  –  B. T. Newberg Joseph Campbell said that religion is supposed to give meaning to…

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How Persephone killed the gods for me, by B. T. Newberg

As I poured a libation of barley tea, read aloud the Hymn to Demeter, and called out to the Two Goddesses, Demeter and Persephone, a dull frustration was in the air. The words rang empty. Then, as my fingers dug into the dirt and deposited the pendant into the ground, a rush came over me. Through my mind flashed a voice: “Let them die.”

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Being human when surrounded by Greek gods, by M. J. Lee

I see the gods – the names, images, stories – as the poetic encapsulation of our human experience, our relationship with the ineffable forces that shape human life. While this makes the gods no thing, it does not make them nothing. I see the gods as representing very real, powerful, even dangerous forces. I believe the gods are real. It doesn’t matter what we call them or don’t call them. They are real and dangerous, and we will contend with them.

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What is Humanistic Paganism?

NOTE:  This article is now outdated and no longer accurate.  For an up-to-date version, see “About > What’s this?” in the menu bar above. – B. T. Newberg, editor Humanistic Paganism is a naturalistic* way of life rooted in nature,…

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