The HPedia: “All paths are valid”
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This common Neopagan saying affirms the validity and value of a vast variety of spiritual approaches. It suggests a pluralism with no One True Way.
Naturalism would seem to be in perfect agreement. Without any kind of supernatural agency to grant privileged authority to this or that tradition, virtually all approaches become capable of value.
However, some seem to interpret the phrase to mean all paths are equally truthful, which is a different concept from validity. A statement is valid if and only if its conclusion is logically entailed by its premises, but its premises may still be false. Thus, the assertion that all paths are valid cannot justify ideas without reference to evidence.
See also “Naturalism.”
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