The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11527   Message #558790
Posted By: CapriUni
25-Sep-01 - 08:47 PM
Thread Name: The Mouse that Roared (Finding Your Voice)
Subject: RE: The Mouse that Roared (Finding Your Voice)

"'I'm active in the local Neo-Pagan community.' So what sort of beliefs does that involve?"

Neo-Paganism is a loosely defined group of religions that have several things in common:

1) A theology that is based on ideas found in pre-Christian myths (mostly, but not necessarily, European) but re-envisioned for life in the modern world (i.e., the closest thing we would get to a blood sacrifice is going down to the Red Cross blood drive. :-))

2) A reverence for Nature, and seeing Divine revelation in the patterns of the natural world, rather than in a scripture.

3) Seeing the Divine as embodied in both Gods *and* Goddesses -- either in a truly polytheistic way (many Gods), or in the Unitariaran way of seeing the "forms and names" of the many as simply masks of the Unknowable One.

4) An aversion to proselytizing.

I hope this helps!