(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 3: Proposing A New Definition of Paganism

In Problematic Pagan Definitions, I talked about the current definitions of Paganism- both Dictionary and Community- and broke down the problems with each definition. Those problems ranged from archaic usages no longer relevant to modern society, to full blown racism, to improper generalization and a failure to represent all ideals under the Umbrella- which is, let’s face it, a difficult task to accomplish. Continue reading “(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 3: Proposing A New Definition of Paganism”

(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 2: The Importance of Labels

I see it a lot in the community that people will say “why do we need Labels?”. It is usually said in a misguided attempt to encourage cohesiveness and acceptance among community members by reducing violence associated with the religious labels that one takes. Unfortunately it is misguided, especially when it comes to a religious umbrella that is so wide and diverse as the Pagan and Witchcraft umbrellas are. Continue reading “(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 2: The Importance of Labels”

(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 1.5: The Conflation of Witchcraft and Religion

The most common materials for learning about Witchcraft are those found in the New-Age section of most book stores alongside books about UFO sightings, Angels, and more. The problem I have with most of these books is something I have pointed out multiple time: Conflation and inaccurate definitions. Continue reading “(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 1.5: The Conflation of Witchcraft and Religion”

(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 1.4: Theism vs. Religion vs. Spirituality

I become so frustrated, sometimes, when navigating the ins and outs of Pagan groups and communities. It hardly ever matters if it’s on the web, or in person, the same issues crop up every time. Most notable, and probably personally annoying to me, is the lack of ability of Pagans to distinguish between tree different things: “Theism”, “Spirituality”, and “Religion”. Continue reading “(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 1.4: Theism vs. Religion vs. Spirituality”

(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 1.3: “Subculture” As A Definition of Paganism

In response to publishing the original, long form version of my article on Problematic Pagan Definitions (originally titled “What is Paganism, Really?”), I received a Pingback to another user’s WordPress where they talked about their own definition of Paganism, citing my article. In it they said such on the subject of how Paganism should be defined: Continue reading “(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 1.3: “Subculture” As A Definition of Paganism”

(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 1.2: “Community” As A Definition of Paganism

In response to posting the link to the original, long form version of my article on Problematic Pagan Definitions (originally titled “What is Paganism, Really?”) article, I received this reply from a member on the Crooked Cauldron Forums: Continue reading “(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 1.2: “Community” As A Definition of Paganism”

(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 1: Problematic Pagan Definitions

There are so many books, websites, teachings, and shows that will try to tell you what Paganism is in the most bare basic 101 sort of manner. Most of the time, these materials will tell you that Paganism is akin to what is actually now colloquially called “Neo-Wicca”; that it is teracentric, non-initiatory, with emphasis on good vibes and harming none, and a socio-political undercurrent of activism. Continue reading “(RE)Defining Paganism Pt 1: Problematic Pagan Definitions”