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Religious Humanism

Humanistic Paganism is a form of Religious or Spiritual Humanism. Religious Humanism includes any religion that takes a human-centered ethical perspective, as contrasted with a deity-centered ethical perspective. A humanistic ethic is one that begins with human beings and defines the good…

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Paganism

Contemporary Paganism is a general term for a variety of related religious movements which began in the United States in the 1960′s, with literary roots going back to the mid-19th century Europe, as attempts to revive what their founders thought were the…

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Religious Naturalism

“Humanistic Paganism” has come to be used more or less synonymously with “Naturalistic Paganism.” Naturalistic Paganism is a form of Religious or Spiritual Naturalism. A “naturalistic” religion or spirituality is one which seeks to explain the universe without resort to supernatural…

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[Rotting Silver] “Lilies and Cedars and Corn” by B. T. Newberg

- 1. Ignorance – Come to me, soft Gratitude: As maiden Truth I am rolling in excrement, Picking it up and turning it, Molding figurines of deer and antelope, Cedars and mountains and absolutes, Exceeding so far in beauty I…

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For Discussion: Have you ever been terrified by the stars?

We Religious Naturalists often talk about a sense of awe we experience when contemplating the stars and the vastness of the universe. But religious experience is not always positive, and that is true of the experience of Religious Naturalists too. Have you ever experienced terror or a sense of being overwhelmed when contemplating the night sky or imagining the infinitesimal spaces between our atoms?

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Putting things in perspective

The following is excerpted from “40 maps that explain outer space” by Joseph Stromberg. What it’d look like if other planets replaced the moon “Another way to understand how big the gas giants are is to picture what they’d look like…

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Why do ritual?

There is no single practice for Humanistic Pagans. The religious practices of some Humanistic Pagans may be outwardly indistinguishable from other Pagans, including prayers and offerings to “gods” and working “magic”, while other Humanistic Pagans may not use theistic symbolism in ritual. Humanistic Pagans…

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Religion without deity?

Humanistic Pagans may be atheists, pantheists, or even animists. Not all Humanistic Pagans use theistic language, but some do. The use of “god language” by non-theists can be confusing. Some feel that we should “say what we mean” and avoid…

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Something bigger than ourselves?

Many Humanistic Pagans use ritual and meditative practices to connect to something greater than themselves. Theists and atheists alike may wonder how this is possible, since Humanistic Pagans do not believe in deities or spirits. But there are other things…

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