a good blog post to read

Just read a very interesting blog post that calls out atheist “pagans” as exactly what they are: secular humanists in religious drag. What’s more, they’re secular humanists who can’t stand to see the development of a body of religions (i.e. polytheism) that is rooted in intellectual engagement, culture, art, philosophy and all the things that secularists want to claim as their own (because religion is oppressive to intellect don’t you know). 

Anyway, go, read. 

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Posted on March 12, 2016, in Polytheism, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Wow the lack of civility in the comments is telling. All but one commenter seems bitter and childish.These are not the sort of people I’d want to have any religious association with.

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  2. I pretty much agree with the blog post. Having watched the back and forth between Polytheists and Atheists for a bit,I have to wonder why this particular group of Atheists is pushing so hard to be part of and redefine the boundaries of the Pagan religious community in general and, the Hard Polytheist community specifically.

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  3. Hey Galina, I have a question. What this whole debate comes down to, is whether there is room in the Pagan tent for Pantheists or whether it’s just for Polytheists. So that is my question – is there room for Pantheists (i.e. those who worship nature rather than deities) in Paganism in your view, or is there only room for Polytheists?

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    • ganglerisgrove

      You assume that polytheists want to be in the Pagan tent. That from the beginning is a very faulty assumption.

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      • I know pantheists who consider themselves Pagan and also many Wiccans would call themselves Pantheists, especially those focused more on the goddess. Wicca is definitely a Pagan religion – the biggest of them all, despite the fact many wiccans would say they worship nature as their deity (which makes them pantheist rather than polytheist).

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      • oops sorry I read your comment wrong. You meant polytheists being in the pagan tent. Disregard my last comment.

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  4. It sounds like you don’t want to be in the Pagan tent, but their are some who evidently do – as evidenced by the blog you linked to in your post. From the polytheist blogs I follow, most consider themselves Pagan so I’m going to assume based on that, that Polytheists do want to be part of the Pagan tent and I think it’s right that they do consider themselves Pagans. The first pagans were no doubt animists and later polytheists so of course polytheists are Pagans in the traditional sense of the term.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      Right now, it’s pretty split. I actually believe that Pagan should equal polytheist. only and period. But we lost the battle for the word Pagan years ago. *Shrugs* Do i think there is room for pantheists in polytheism? nope. Non theists have watered down Paganism until it’s nearly meaningless as a religious category, or rather it can mean any number of diametrically opposed things. So now of course, having debased one religious identity, the same is being attempted ad nauseum with polytheism. no. Stay in your own fucking sandbox.

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