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…



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…


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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[A Pedagogy of Gaia] “Fleeting Visions” by Bart Everson

If I said that I saw visions, would you be alarmed? Frankly, I’d have some concerns if I heard a statement like that. I might worry about the person’s mental health. I might question their sanity and stability. At the…


“The Great Story”: A Non-Theistic Cosmology by John Halstead

“The Great Story” is the 14 billion year narrative of the evolution of the cosmos, the planet Earth, biological life, and human culture. And it is a myth, in the best sense of that word, but one that happens to be literally true; it is a narrative that orders our world, helps us understand our place in it, shows us how to live meaningful lives, and enables us to come to terms with our own finitude.


[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Our Universe Is A Sacred Living System, Part 3” by Wayne Martin Melliinger, Ph.D.

To heal our connection to the world, I believe that we must re-enchant nature and revive anima mundi. Only when we realize that the world is sacred, that we are an intimate part of the web of life and kin to other species, will we acquire the sense of belonging to this planet needed create a global ethic in which all beings are valued and respected and choose to live responsibly.


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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