My latest at Polytheist.com is up
My latest article is now available at polytheist.com. Here I discuss the need for articulated discussions and explorations of theology within Heathenry, and the ongoing tension between praxis and doxa. I talk about the need to go past flat discussions of ‘lore’ and provide a few concrete examples of how to begin the process of moving from conversion mindset to something closer approximating that of pre-Christian Heathenry. Ultimately I ask the question, so aptly synthesized by the editor at polytheist.com, of “where does theology dwell?” Why do we need these discussion so desperately and precisely what is it that will allow us to build a sustainable, inter-generational tradition?
Check it out, folks and feel free to leave feedback either here or at polytheist.com. This is a continuation of the discussion of tradition and what it means to prioritize that over the individual, and what it means to keep the Gods at the heart of it all.
Posted on November 23, 2015, in Heathenry, Polytheism, polytheist.com, theology, Uncategorized and tagged Heathenry, Polytheism, Polytheist.com, theology. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
I read this earlier (John Beckett pointed it out to me) and shared it in several online spaces because I feel that it’s an important discussion to have. I get very tired of being told that I’m “Christian” for daring to worship or honor Gods that obviously our Ancestors never, ever, ever, worshiped or honored because they were Too Important and not real anyway… obviously you’re familiar with this mentality. It’s an excellent piece, even more so for how contentious it’s likely to be. Brava!
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The Stoics often used Zeus in a very large and impersonal sense and sometimes as a more pantheistic representation of the universe, which is why it is also just translated as “God”. I am slightly biased to using them in addition to Heathenry, of course. I certainly agree that we need to be talking more.
The reference to “being in the belly of Zeus” is from the Derveni papyrus. I’m not sure if that is categorized as Stoic?
I’m not sure either. Stoicism isn’t my forte! lol
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The Derveni papyrus is very complex piece as it’s divided into two parts. I honestly don’t know how to classify it in terms other than one section is Orphic.
Very good article, Galina. It gives me a lot of food for thought.