Humanistic Paganism

Category: John Halstead


Another Video Review of “Godless Paganism”

Another great review of “Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans”

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Naturalistic “Pagan” Books You Won’t Find in the Metaphysical Section

What naturalistic (small-p) pagan books have been an inspiration to you?

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Naturalistic Paganism Toolbox: Enchant the Everyday

What simple, seemingly mundane objects or events in your life might become sacred for you? Have you ever felt compelled to pour a little water from your water bottle onto the dry ground? What would it be like to experience the numinosity of a soap dish or a window latch? What might your kettle or your cooking pot teach you about the sacred?

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Do Trees Have Rights? (the short version), by John Halstead

General acceptance of the phrase, “the rights of nature”, could trigger a paradigm shift in Western consciousness, a shift from viewing nature instrumentally–as having value only for humans–to viewing nature as inherently valuable–as having value in its own right. And that could have profound consequences for human behavior and our impact on the more-than-human world.

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Critiquing “Naturalism”, by John Halstead

As Naturalistic Pagans, I think we are uniquely positioned to transcend the limitations of both reductionist science and superstitious forms of Paganism.  We can can elucidate the distinction between subjective nature and objective nature, without denigrating the former.  We can valorize human experience, without confusing experience with objects.  This is how we re-enchant the world, not by looking for gods or fairies in the space between atoms or in strands of DNA, but by imbuing both–gods and atoms, fairies and DNA–with human meaning.

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