Monthly Archives: December 2015
Christians have this tendency to scathingly reduce paganism to a false religion that worships idols. First, paganism is an old religion that was around before monotheism became an idea. The monotheistic concept came from a cult that worshiped one God over the others and it then became popular and acceptable. How do we figure this? Well there are two examples from two pagan religions at the time that showed an attempt at solely worshiping one God over the others. With the Greeks, there was a small cult devoted to Zeus as being the only God and the others being archetypes and not true Gods. The Egyptian religion was almost extinguished by Akhenaten who tried to forced his monotheism on the Egyptian people. However, he failed and a lot of his imagery in hieroglyphs were vandalized because of his heresy. So if these two examples, that happened after the advent of monotheism, and the archaeological evidence piling up showing there was some type of polytheism where the monotheistic God Yahweh was a part of then it only shows that monotheism is nothing more than an offshoot of polytheism where one God was revered above all others.
Second, the idea of idols has an empty, hollow overtone to it and I’m sure it’s meant that way, but our pagan religions are filled with life and vibrancy. It’s far from being empty or hollow, it has content. We worship real, living Gods where the idols we worship are imbibed with their spiritual essence. In other words, it’s a way to invite the Gods into our homes and lives. They don’t simply step through the threshold like an intruder. We invite them. It’s not a hard concept to follow and stays in tune with the idea of free will given to us by the Gods.
In conclusion, the idea of idol worship being seen as empty is nonsense. There’s more to it than what monotheists believe. Our religion is as valid as theirs and that’s something they can not take away from us ever again unless we allow it. So, educate them on their ‘idol worship’ epithet they try to use against us. Tell them that it means more than what they believe.
One of my favorite sci-fi books by Arthur C. Clarke, Childhoods End, was recently shown on the SyFy Channel. In the first episode, people of faith were seen having a problem overcoming the existence of aliens and dealing with it within their faith. They saw the Overlord arrival as the end of their faith. To me, a polytheist, that makes no sense that because aliens exist that faith in the Gods would become extinct from my mind and my soul. I think with anything that makes one waver from faith have always been weak in faith. I can accept the arrival of extraterrestrials not as the death knell of religion, but as an expansion of religion. These beings, for better or for worse, are our kin in the universe created by the same forces of Nature. When we do, not if but when, make contact with extraterrestrials I will accept not with fear but with an open hand of compassion and kinship. My faith will remain intact as I accept them. I will not allow fear of the unknown dissuade me from my faith nor my open arms
approach to accepting our extraterrestrial kin. If it so happens that a species that look like Karellen were to arrive, it would make no difference.
So, this was short, but still the impact of extraterrestrial arrival should never destroy nor threaten ones faith, but rather garnish it with the idea of universal brotherhood between us and other species and what they could add to our understanding of not only the Universe, in its materialistic form, but also add to our understanding of spiritualism because no one can assume that they are atheists or theists in anyway. They may have an entirely different point of view on spirituality that can only enhance our own systems of spirituality and belief.
With that, I say, “Thank you, Karellen!”
Conservative – believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society : relating to or supporting political conservatism
Something I’ve been pondering for a long while especially when stumbling the internet a slew of blogs titled Conservative Pagans: Yes We Exist (which unfortunately no longer exists), that the modern stereotype by conservatives themselves is that pagans tend to be liberal. I believe that’s not an accurate assessment, I believe many pagans tend to be Libertarians or center due to our inherent knowledge of history and how the more oppressive a government becomes the more prone it is to force everyone to adhere to the regimes system of belief. However, I want to explore the idea that paganism is conservative in nature, not politically but traditionally.
What we pagans are trying to do is to revive the indigenous religions of Europe and all over the world. These were the original religions before monotheism ran amok converting those they feel were worshiping false Gods. In the attempt to revive we have brought back a majority of the practices of these old religions which is the definition of conservatism. Now we’ve pretty much done away with animal and human sacrifice due in part to Christianity and its influence, but that’s about it. We have been using texts that have survived the ages of destruction and burning as our guides into the insights of the old religions. Through this endeavor we have conserved the old religions in modern books and on the internet.
So, basically we pagans tend to be a bit conservative, but not entirely because in modern parlance conservatism is relegated to the Judeo-Christian Conservatism rather than in the sense I’m talking about. A great deal of us pagans believe in the scientific validity of evolution (which does go along with the idea that we are all birthed from the Earth like in many of our creation stories), some of us are pro-choice (or don’t care either way which I tend to swing, I don’t have uterus to make such a decision), and some of us believe in equality for all (I myself being pro-gay rights). So this swing us into a center/Libertarian grouping as opposed to full on conservatism.
Of course, this is all my own pondering and nothing more. I don’t speak for all of paganism nor wish to. I just like to throw ideas out there to other minds churning. Through civil discourse new ideas are born into the world, some good, some bad.
As I write this, I have the news on and yet another mass shooting has happened and this time at a social services building in San Bernadino, California. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist that there is a correlation between this society and its declining respect for all life, human and animal. Life is no longer sacred to us, it’s simply a pawn in the game of life. We regard life as something that just happens and nothing else. The sacredness that once was seen of ‘life’ has been washed down the drain as this society becomes so self-absorbed and narcissistic. This society only cares about itself and no one else. They become offended or emotionally hurt they use violence as a means for relieving their pain. These people are COWARDS! They can’t deal with life so they take it on someone else, as if that will help the problem they are having. They don’t see a life when they stare down the sights of a gun, they see an object and nothing else. Once again, society, it has established slowly but surely that life is nothing but an object and once it’s an object it’s no longer sacred. Sure you can say, “Ban guns!” but that does NOTHING to solve the problem at hand which is…..the sacredness of life. Lets start with that, then lets work on the gun problem in this country.