Humanistic Paganism

Category: Gender Issues

“The Feminine and Masculine Principle in Modern Paganism, a Non-Theist Perspective” by Silverspear

To the atheist Pagan, however, the issue of gender in “spiritual” matters should be irrelevant because Ultimate Reality transcends biological differences. This does not mean that, in dispensing with god and goddess concepts, the atheist Pagan also dispenses with, for lack of better terms, feminine and masculine energies.

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“Feminism and the Future of Religion, Part 2” by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.

As women take seriously their lived experience, a notion of deity separate from the cycles and rhythms of physical being recedes, and the necessity of knowing and celebrating the Larger Rhythms of which one is a part arises.

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“Feminism and the Future of Religion, Part 1” by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.

It is in the realm of myth, image and symbol that feminists in religion find the bulk of their work – in the diluting and relativizing of patriarchal/dominator notions, stories and images; and then in the offering of alternatives.

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“Paganism and Motherhood” by Trellia

What does Paganism have to say about becoming a mother?

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“Issues with Masculine/Feminine Duality in Paganism” by Trellia

When we look at the Pagan religions, there are plenty of examples of deities that don’t neatly fit the masculine/feminine pattern. There are deities that represent a concept that is usually represented by the opposite sex, deities that have both male and female qualities, and deities with seemingly no gender at all.

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