Sunday, December 17, 2006

Why neo-pagans aren’t really pagan
For many, I think Neopaganism offers the same attraction that Orthodox Christianity offers — it’s the opposite of puritanical. In a culture dominated by puritanical Protestants and puritanical Secularists, both Neopaganism and Orthodoxy offer religion that is not purely a left-brain phenomenon.
- Comment from Roland

And my comment. From Fr Stephen Freeman as is...

When less is more, or icons finding you
As Yakov Smirnoff might put it, ‘In America you find icon; in Russia icon finds you.’

Echoing David here:

On prayer rules
Not to be confused with Protestant or Novus Ordo minimalism but good points! (As Fr Stephen wrote earlier.)

Update: More from Huw Raphael, who describes the change from tribal religion, a covenanted ethne like the Old Testament Jews or American Indians, to a universal (Catholic) one. And Buddhism, ‘the Reformation of Hinduism’, could be seen as a non-theistic version of this.
There’s another difference. To modern pagans, religion is a means of inner self-actualization — a self-help program. To the ancients, religion is a means of appeasing the powerful and often cruel forces of nature (and of man, as in the case of war) that the gods allegedly controlled, roughly analogous to a small nation appeasing large and dangerous neighboring empires.
- Comment from Alan Henderson

Stuart Koehl has been saying the same thing for years.

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