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1. Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-
2. The Complete Idiot's Guide(R)
3. Paganism in the Roman Empire
4. Christianity and Paganism, 350-750:
5. Egyptian Paganism for Beginners:
6. Paganism Today: Wiccans, Druids,
7. Paganism and Christianity 100-425
8. Ancient Paganism: The Sorcery
9. Living Paganism (Beyond 101)
10. The Everything Paganism Book:
11. Essential Asatru: Walking the
12. Out of the Shadows: An Exploration
13. Spirited: Taking Paganism Beyond
14. Last Days of Graeco-Roman Paganism
15. Pagan Theology: Paganism as a
16. Paganism in Our Christianity
17. Hammer of the Gods: Anglo-Saxon
18. The Way of The Horned God: A Young
19. Contemporary Paganism: Listening
20. Her Hidden Children: The Rise

1. Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions
by River Higginbotham, Joyce Higginbotham
Paperback: 250 Pages (2002-07-08)
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Asin: 0738702226
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A comprehensive guide to a growing religious movement

If you want to study Paganism in more detail, this book is the place to start. Based on a course in Paganism that the authors have taught for more than a decade, it is full of exercises, meditations, and discussion questions for group or individual study.

This book presents the basic fundamentals of Paganism. It explores what Pagans are like; how the Pagan sacred year is arranged; what Pagans do in ritual; what magick is; and what Pagans believe about God, worship, human nature, and ethics.

·For those who are exploring their own spirituality, or who want a good book to give to non-Pagan family and friends
·A hands-on learning tool with magickal workings, meditations, discussion questions, and journal exercises
·Offers in-depth discussion of ethics and magick

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction
I pick this book because I think it's important to know about the history and structure of paganism beyond the basic books say. I've been pagan for almost 6 years and still found this book very interesting. I put 4 stars because despite thatIt's a very good book, the first part seems to me a little boring, not bad, just boring.
One of the things I likethe most is that it's focused from a nuetral point of view whose purpose is to inform and to eliminate prejudices. Unlike many other books out there this one is not focused to convert the reader into a pagan or guide him/her to "start in the craft" which makes that the book takes a very differentcontex.
For people who want to know whether paganism is his/her spiritual path or not, this is certainly a very good guide and for those who already are, it's an opportunity to look back and analyze how it is that we have become so.
I also think it is a recommended book for parents or families stubborn to not let their children or family practice paganism for their prejudices, so If you have relatives with whom they have misunderstandings about the concept of what being a pagan means, this is a very good book to read.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory book on Paganism!
This book is wonderful! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about pagan beliefs.Whether the reader is personally interested for their own spirituality or if he/she is interested in learning about Paganism as a general interest (maybe a friend or relative is pagan?), the reader will find a wealth of information that is easy to read and interesting!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very insightful
As someone who is exploring new spiritual paths, I found this book to the honest, insightful and thought-provoking. This book contains all of the basics I needed to know and understand about paganism, including all of the social implications of making such a conversion. I appreciated some of the exercises they suggested, such as making a belief braid to symbolically weave one's belief systems into something that works for you. They also address the issue of people thinking that paganism is equivalent to satan worship (it is not) and how pagans ever wound up with such a label. Great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Overview
I bought this book because I am a novice that is interested in paganism.What is it? What isn't it?This book answered those questions with a minimum of new age nonsense.It reads like a 101 college textbook. It has journal questions along with questions to probe your belief structures. After this book you will not have the structure to base a spirtuality around, but should have a good idea what direction to head in, or stay away from.Very informative. ... Read more

2. The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Paganism
by Carl McColman
Paperback: 384 Pages (2002-04-18)
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Asin: 002864266X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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You’re no idiot, of course. But finding the perfect expression of your spirituality can prove long and challenging. You might already be attracted to paganism, but considering the variety of traditions and paths that fall in this category, you’ll need a spiritual guide.Seek no further! Whether you’re interested in following the pagan path or just curious to know more, The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Paganism will enlighten you on this fascinating array of nature-based beliefs and practices. In this Complete Idiot’s Guide®, you’ll learn about:* The basic principles of shamanism, druidism, Wicca, and more.* How to deepen your connection to the Goddess, the God, and nature.* The fundamentals of meditation, magic, divination, and spiritual healing.* Tips on incorporating pagan rituals into your modern lifestyle. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lots Of Information
I have been reading up on Paganism for the last six months and was afraid I would either go backwards or "do over" with an "Idiots Guide" but this book was great.
Never boring, always informative and an easy read with but not overwhelming with information.Yes it did give out the same information at times, but also had
other information too, and I liked the layout of the book and how everything was
presented.I took my time and feel I more than got my money's worth.I would
suggest this book to anyone who is looking for information on Paganism.

4-0 out of 5 stars Delivers what it promises
Carl McColman states in the beginning of this book that he is introducing the reader to Wicca, Druidry, and shamanism.He skillfilly delivers on his promise with a clear introduction to the most prominent forms of Paganism.This book would help in gaining direction into which path is for you.

It is not Pagan 101 or a spell book.If you are looking for a quick magical fix for a problem, you won't find it here.This book is for someone who knows absolutely nothing or very little about Paganism.For that reason, I think this would be a good book for a Pagan to give an open-minded friend or loved one who is concerned about their beliefs.

He introduces the beginner to concepts such as the wheel of the year, magic, and reincarnation.He has a friendly, easy-to-read writing style.

I rated it four stars instead of five because I felt the entire work was too heavily influenced by Wiccan belief such as the Rede and the God being the consort of the Goddess even when he wasn't specifically speaking of Wicca.

5-0 out of 5 stars great overview!
This book served as an excellent introduction to Paganism! I am very new to Paganism and am trying to learn as much as I can, so this book was a wonderful resource. I especially liked the open-minded, accepting approach. It presents a wide variety of Pagan paths and suggests that the reader decide what's right for him or her, rather than feel obligated to do things a certain way. Personally, I think this is one of the main points of Paganism, so I thought this approach was especially appropriate. If anyone is curious about Paganism, I highly recommend using this book as a starting off point!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not very in depth
Good for someone who knows absolutely nothing about paganism in general and has no idea which path they are interested in. Or good as a research tool for someone comparing different paths for a school project maybe. This book lightly touches on some paths (Druids, Wicca, etc.) but does not have much in depth info. From my little bit of research on the internet, I already knew that much or more about the different paths that the author mentioned.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better.
I'd reccomend this book for those who know little or nothing about Paganism, but the more you know, the less usefull the book will be.Most of the information were things I already knew, but I enjoyed the book and found it a quick read, an enjoyable review.Not bad at all. ... Read more

3. Paganism in the Roman Empire
by Professor Ramsay MacMullen
Paperback: 246 Pages (1983-09-10)
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Asin: 0300029845
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC
Paganism in the Roman Empire is a classic on the subject. The author probes the psyche of the ancients in an attempt to discover their inner motivations, desires, and aspirations as they sought enlightment and religious meaning in the various cults that spread through the Empire. He also tells us what role the traditional religion of the gods played in the lives of Roman citizens. This is an excellent scholarly work that is a must for anyone seeking to understand ancient religion. ... Read more

4. Christianity and Paganism, 350-750: The Conversion of Western Europe (The Middle Ages Series)
Paperback: 232 Pages (1985-12-01)
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Asin: 0812212134
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Using sermons, exorcisms, letters, biographies of the saints, inscriptions, autobiographical and legal documents—some of which are translated nowhere else—J. N. Hillgarth shows how the Christian church went about the formidable task of converting western Europe. The book covers such topics as the relationship between the Church and the Roman state, Christian attitudes toward the barbarians, and the missions to northern Europe. It documents as well the cult of relics in popular Christianity and the emergence of consciously Christian monarchies.

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5. Egyptian Paganism for Beginners: Bring the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt into Daily Life
by Jocelyn Almond
Paperback: 288 Pages (2004-05-08)
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Asin: 0738704385
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Bring the sacred rites and rituals of ancient Egypt into your Pagan practice today. This beautifully written guide, by noted scholars Jocelyn Almond and Keith Seddon, presents a compelling overview of ancient Egyptian religious and magical beliefs.

Egyptian Paganism for Beginners is unique in its focus on specific rituals for individual gods and goddesses. For solitary practitioners who want to perform daily devotions, it offers genuine invocations and prayers for each of the main Egyptian deities. There are translations of authentic religious texts, along with insightful commentary on relevant Egyptian history, myth, and lore.

Also included in this comprehensive guidebook are practical instructions on how to cast a circle, make a shrine, consecrate statues, and channel oracles. The reader will learn how to safely evoke entities, invoke deities, and "assume the Godform"-a major tenet of ancient Egyptian religion.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but...
The single handedly the best book I have ever read. But why has the cost been so inflated over retail? I have visited Amazon to replace mine which has signs of heavy use, but I am not paying double and triple the retail price. I will buy directly from Llewellyn or at a local book store. Dont pay over $29.95!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but Misleading
After reading this book, I was left a little confused. It is a good book, but the names are hellenized, the practices greatly altered, and it is just about the gods and goddesses, it does not contain a lot of the information that someone looking for a genuine egyptian spiritual practice is looking for. This does not contain a great deal of the medu neter of the egyptian spiritual practice, not to mention anything about the nome spirits, the cosmological resonance, the difference between egyptian and wiccan elemental/directional correspondences. If you are looking to worship the egyptian pantheon with a wiccan devotional system, this is an exce;;ent book, is you are interested in the actual beliefs of the egyptians and how to authentically recreate their spiritual practices, I would highly recommend The Sacred Magic of Ancient Egypt, and The Esoteric Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, both by Rosemary Clark, when I received these 2 books, and read them, I was bowled over by how interesting and informative they are.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Informative Work
In all this book was very well researched and written.The only complaint I have is that not many rituals were included.

5-0 out of 5 stars Egyptian Paganism for Beginners
I found this work to be very easy to understand. It holds a wealth of information
on the Egyptian religion, their gods and their rites and rituals. The authors have made
the information accessible to all who want to follow the pagan rites of the Egyptians.I found the work easy to understand and filled with sharp insight into the heart of
Egyptian paganism and magic. I recommend this book to anyone starting out on the Egyptian path
as well as any general student of the occult as this work makes an excellent addition to the
occult library.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad start
It should be noted first off that this is not a book of ancient Egyptian paganism as it would have been practiced, but rather a modern interpretation using Egyptian godforms in a modern neo-pagan setting, helpfully divided into two sections.

In part one, Egyptian concepts of God are related with the authors' understanding that 'each of the major neteru can represent the Supreme Being, each showing a slightly different facet of the One who is unknowable and inconceivable in his or her entirety. The neteru retain their individual identities, so the devotee is able to encounter the One in a very personal and intimate way.' (pg 7) Briefly described are a few Egyptian-specific terms such as the ka, sekhem, and the Heavenly Trine, and fortunately the authors honestly note that one 'cannot be sure that the ancient Egyptian words?mean the exact equivalent of terms we use today for such concepts' (pg 11). Also described are the elements involved in creating a shrine, the opening of the mouth ceremony, and further notes on Egyptian magick; as well as general pagan and magickal concepts such as casting a circle, totem and assumption of godforms.

The second part is dedicated to the various Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. Following various descriptions of their histories throughout the dynasties are invocations, replies, calls, meditations and commentary for many of the major Gods and Goddesses. Though they do state that it is '?not intended to be a dictionary of gods and goddesses the neteru are not presented in alphabetical order, but in the order that we believe is going to be the most helpful for explaining the nature of ancient Egyptian religious beliefs and practices, showing an overall view of the religions' further noting that 'only a small selection of the neteru is featured' (pg 8).

There are, however, a few points of contention. For one, the understanding of chakra and kundalini lore was very simplified, and not really relevant to the text at hand, having no sensible place in Egyptian religion. Also, there did seem to be an overabundance of comparisons to Judeo-Christian mythology, perhaps they're trying to provide a reference point for those coming from such a background, but I found it more of a distraction than useful. There's no need to equate the two, as they come from completely different mythological and ritual backgrounds.

While not an expression of ancient Egyptian religion and ritual as it may have been practiced, it does provide a basic introduction to modern Egyptian paganism, not a bad start to one's exploration of this path. ... Read more

6. Paganism Today: Wiccans, Druids, the Goddess and Ancient Earth Traditions for the Twenty-First Century
by Graham Harvey
Paperback: 288 Pages (1997-07-25)
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Asin: 0722532334
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This collection of views from a wide range of Pagans and academics reflects the diversity of traditions and thinking that characterize modern Paganism. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a good experience
This company was very good about getting my order out on time.The book is in very good condition and I'm very happy.Thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Much-Needed Book
Despite being one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world today, contemporary Paganism has lacked a strong academic voice until now. While focusing primarily on Paganism in Britain, this collection of papersgoes a long way towards filling that void. I would strongly recommend thisbook to anyone, Pagan or not, who desires a deeper understanding of thecurrent Neo-Pagan movement worldwide.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most current and thorough study of contemporary Paganism.
This collection of fascinating papers resulted from the first academic conference on contemporary Paganism in Britain.The chapters cover all the various traditions which fall under the umbrella of Paganism - Druidry,Witchcraft, Heathenism, Shamanism, Goddess Worship, various forms ofmagickal practice, etc.There is also an excellent overview of the rootsof modern Paganism by Bristol historian Ronald Hutton.A good place tostart learning about this "fastest growing religion in Britain"(BBC 'Everyman').Best chapters are by Harvey, Harris, Simes andSutcliffe.Excellent read! ... Read more

7. Paganism and Christianity 100-425 C.E.
by Ramsay MacMullen
Paperback: 312 Pages (1992-01-01)
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Asin: 0800626478
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars An Eclectic Array of First-Hand Pagan and Christian Sources
MacMullen and Lane's Paganism and Christianity (100-425 C.E) presentsreaders with an eclectic array of writings touching every facet of religious life in the Late Roman world.These varied sources were penned by authors as conflicting as Eusebius and Julian and they deal with intriguing aspects of pagan cultus, pagan missionary activity, the Imperial Cult, the Persecutions and also provide pagan and Christian apologetic/theological literature.Overall, these pieces of literature paint a vibrant picture of religious life during this fascinating epoch in history and they convey something of the richness that the multiform belief systems of the Mediterranean world had to offer.Many of these sources are very difficult to find in English translation; and many of them can be quite expensive.So this sourcebook is indispensable, given that it is quite affordable, convenient and very useful.

4-0 out of 5 stars History Brought to Life..........
............ with these genuine texts from the early Christian era. The documents contained within this sourcebook were written primarily by saints, emperors and philosophers and help us clearly envision life during the early Christian period (100-425 C.E.) as it was truly experienced by Christians and Pagans alike. There are texts describing the management of temples and shrines, cults, hymns, religious attitudes, missionizing (non-Christian), and perception by outsiders of Jews, Christians and Gnostics. The most fascinating sources are those pertaining to personal accounts of conversion and various edicts that persecute, at different points in history, Jews, Christians, and Pagans. Also interesting are the sources describing the impact of Constantine's conversion on the spread of Christianity. I highly recommend this sourcebook to anyone interested in early Christianity.

5-0 out of 5 stars The other side of the religious coin
Macmullen and Lane have done a service by presenting a treasure of texts revealing primarily the religious attitudes and experience of non-Christians during the formative years of Christianity. Christians today often assume that the language of faith in the early church was the exclusive domain of Christianity. The authors prove otherwise. The titles of some of the chapters demonstrate therange of experience and language of "pagans." For example: "Magic, Dreams, Astrology, Superstition," "Healing Shrines," "Hymns," "Cult Groups," "Holy Men and Women," and "Hermetism and Gnosticism." The sentiments contained in these texts are mirrored in early Christian churches, naturally, since these attitudes and languages were part of the religious atmosphere breathed by all peoples of the time. The unbiased reader is helped to easily appreciate the cultural and religious kinship between followers of Christ and those of either the Mysteries, philosophy, and mythologizing theologies such as those of the Gnostics.The last six chapters of the book are especially helpful in appreciating the dynamics of conversion and persecution. While I generally do not favor of history-of-religions approach to the study of historical phenomena, I make a strong exception regarding this book. I recommend that the reader use this book as a companion to Keith Hopkins' "A World Full of Gods." ... Read more

8. Ancient Paganism: The Sorcery of the Fallen Angels
by Ken Johnson
Paperback: 174 Pages (2009-05-21)
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Asin: 1439297703
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Ancient Paganism explores the false religion of the ancient pre-flood world and its spread after Noah's Flood into the Gentile nations. Quotes from the ancient church fathers, rabbis, and the Talmud detail the activities and beliefs of both Canaanite and New Testament era sorcery. This book explores how, according to biblical prophecy, this same sorcery will return before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to earth. These religious beliefs and practices will invade the end time church and become the basis for the religion of the Antichrist. Wicca, Druidism, Halloween, Yule, meditation, and occultic tools are discussed at length.This book is brought to you by Biblefacts Ministries, Biblefacts.org ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by this book's title
This is the usual close minded Christian smear campaign by the right of all other beliefs except theirs, showing the typical woeful misunderstanding of native belief systems that have made missionaries the scourge of the planet and all indigenous people worldwide. Avoid this like the plague.

5-0 out of 5 stars Right on Target!!
This book was excellent in covering the occult practices of the past that have emerged into today.As someone that came out of the Occult and Mysticism religions, I can say with all authority that this book was RIGHT ON TARGET!Many people today are ignorant of where these practices come from or even what is involved in these practices.Most will go through life in compromise because of their ignorance of the subject at hand.This book is a must read for every Christian and every parent.It is important to know what appears to be "harmless fun" is really all about as well as the "powers" behind the movements.I highly recommend it for anyone not wanting to remain in ignorance.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good information...
The information in this title was did cover a lot of ground on various subjects of the occult.
The fact that it was written by a Th.D leaves it to much personal opinion and view on the subject matter. ... Read more

9. Living Paganism (Beyond 101)
by Shanddaramon
Paperback: 256 Pages (2005-11-15)
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First Shanddaramon led seekers down a path to attaining higher spirituality in his book Self-Initiation for the Solitary Witch. Now, with Living Paganism, he gives readers the opportunity to not only advance in their self-initiated training, but to literally live Paganism.

You have studied books on Paganism. You do rituals at home or in a group. You search for information about Pagan thought and practice but, somehow, it doesn’t seem enough. You want your life to reflect your Pagan values. You don’t just want to do Pagan things; you want to live your Paganism everyday and through everything you do. That is what a truly spiritual person does and, as a deeply committed practicing Pagan, you can learn to let your spiritual practice become more a part of your life. It can be the essence of who you are.

Living Paganism picks up where Shanddaramon’s last book left off and leads the practitioner to determine how to be more fulfilled through connecting spiritual practice to the many sacred cycles of life. In this book, you will learn how to develop Pagan spiritual goals that are balanced and meaningful. Then you will learn to observe and become an active participant in the cosmic cycles of the universe so that you may learn to honor and use those cycles to live your Pagan values. Every day we experience the cycles of Earth, the moon, the sun, and the changes in life. By connecting your practice to these sacred cycles you will learn to create a meaningful and magical life.

Living Paganism enables you to experience more advanced and fulfilling training in your quest for adeptness.

Shanddaramon is He is the author of Self Initiation for the Solitary Witch (New Page Books) and is a regular contributing writer for PagaNet news. He is a writer and artist living in Durham, North Carolina where he teaches art and music, does pastoral and divinatory advising and listening, and teaches Pagan studies classes. He is a founding member, brother, and ordained minister of the Sacred Order of Living Paganism—a fellowship of brothers and sisters dedicated to deep Pagan learning, practice, and service. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Advanced Wicca
Basic guidelines for personal goal setting by incorporating the qualities of the elements and Spirit and life's cycles into daily living. Once you understand his concepts of Expression and Envelopment, you're on the path to touching every aspect of Living Paganism, within and without.

5-0 out of 5 stars Becoming connected to the cycles of life
Shanddaramon's LIVING PAGANISM: AN ADVANCED GUIDE FOR THE SOLITARY PRACTITIONERtells practitioners how to use connecting spiritual practices to become more connected to cycles of life. From learning how to develop Pagan spiritual goals to becoming an active participant in cosmic cycles, LIVING PAGANISM continues Shanddaramon's teachings, begun in SELF-INITIATION FOR THE SOLITARY WITCH.
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10. The Everything Paganism Book: Discover the Rituals, Traditions, and Festivals of This Ancient Religion (Everything Series)
by Selene Silverwind
Paperback: 305 Pages (2004-08-15)
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The history and development of Paganism-all in one volume!

Although Pagans have endured centuries of persecution and condemnation, Paganism has risen to become the seventh-largest organized religion in the world-and is still growing.

The Everything( Paganism Book, written by Selene Silverwind-a practicing Pagan for more than ten years-uncovers the history and beliefs of this ancient faith. The author guides you through the ideology, tenets, and practices that make up Paganism, exploring its Celtic origins and showing how some Pagan rites and rituals have become mainstream today.

Learn all about:

  • Pagan ethics and belief structure
  • Paganism's modern offshoots, such as Wicca
  • The roots of Neo-Paganism
  • The history of Druidism, Shamanism, and more
  • Festivals and celebrations near you

    Supplemented with a glossary of Pagan terms, The Everything(r) Paganism Book is the ideal introduction for anyone with an interest in the ideals and traditions of this ancient religion. ... Read more

    Customer Reviews (6)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but with room to grow
    I was overall very pleased with this book. It offers very novice information in layman's terms about the Neo-Pagan perspective and different sects of beliefs. But there was still very much to be desired, and their section on Wicca was not only ill-informed but very fluffy and vague. So this is DEFINITELY not the source for information about Wicca, of any origin or lineage.

    All around, for the price I got it for, it was a good buy but I'm very sure there are other books that are just as good, if not better.

    1-0 out of 5 stars What a difference a year makes.
    A year ago, I would have described this book as a valuable resource for a person new to Paganism and trying to find a path. Over the last year I have made more of an effort to learn about the differences between the various Neopagan religions and now find this book does not do justice to the real diversity of thought and practice that exists. In fact, this book does what many Neopagans do, which is attempt to homogenize Paganism into some universal religion with different flavored sects. The book is weak and ultimately deceptive.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Definitely not Everything Paganism
    The book is a very light overview of Pagan religions. As a book targeted to the newbie attempting to discover information on the different Pagan religions and/or is seeking a path, this book is generally not useful. The information that is included is very weak and watered down. Information of the Reconstructionist religions such as Hellenismos, Religio Romana, CR, and Kemeticism is so generalized as to not have any value, and is nothing that a person could not imply from their names.

    The book also fails to do any substantial "compare and contrast" of the religions to give the reader an idea of the many substantial differences. Some chapters, such as those on ethics, magic, sexuality, et al, leaves the reader with the impression that there exists a universal doctrine that Pagans adhere to, and the different paths are nothing more then a different flavoring.

    Ultimately, while I cannot give the book a resounding "do not buy," I cannot recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gives a great overview!
    I really love this book. It explains a lot about Neo-Pagainsm, and goes into some detail about the diffrent traditions and sects. It's not a how to book, and it doesn't try to sneak spells and other things that wouldn't fit into it. It doesn't cover every little thing, but that's not possible. I really enjoyed her tone, and I gave this to my mom to read, so she could understand my religion a little better. I feel that it really helped!

    5-0 out of 5 stars very helpful book
    As an ecletic Wiccan coming from a Christian family, this book helped immensely when trying to explain to my parents, especially my mother, what I believe and how I practice my faith. It also helped me to understand more about other faiths I wasn't as familiar with. Well written in layman's terms, this book paints a general picture of how the faiths described tend to work. Well laid out, easy to read, and good information. ... Read more

  • 11. Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism
    by Diana L. Paxson
    Paperback: 224 Pages (2006-12-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Intro to Norse Paganism
    I found this book to be an excellent intro to the Norse path.The section on the virtues is especially helpful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Seems A Good Introduction

    As the title says, seems a good introduction.It is the first book on Asatru I've read.I can't say anything about how it compares to other intro books that I have not read.So now I'm browsing reviews here on Amazon of other books on the topic and the ones mentioned in this book.

    The book has done it's job quite well, I'd say.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Fluffy crap presenting itself as fact.
    This book is a nice read, too bad it is NOT based on real lore. It uses too much personal interpretation on the authors part and not enough actual research from the available lore. If you are into modern revisionism it may help you, if you want to actually learn the ways of our ancestors don't waste your money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction
    A great introduction into the Norse Pagan path. I especially like the section in the book that discusses the Gods and Goddesses in detail. Very insightful-thanks Diana!

    5-0 out of 5 stars New to Asatru? Look no further!
    When trying to find a book to give me the basic rundown of the Asatru faith, our folkways, our religious practices, our lore, history and magic, I found that there were many options and I had no idea which book or books to choose. I happened to pick this one up (along with a few others) and I have to say that this is my top pick for the new Asatruar seeking information about their native faith.

    If you are new to Asatru, solitary and confused about the folkways, holy days and rites, or just wanting to feel more connected and become more knowledgeable, this is the introductory Asatru book for you! What really sets Paxson's book aside is in its warmth, and the very real imagery she creates of a Heathen gathering. Her fictional entries which are used to represent the feel of a real kindred and a real heathen gathering, are truly splendid. They help you to understand what to expect, and they introduce you to the spirit of the faith. She gives all of the necessary information including history and Sumble etiquette, and even an excellent rundown of the many international organizations available to Asatruar.

    Paxson's writing style is very warm and easy to read. The book is engaging and enjoyable, even making the general history of our folk into a very interesting read without feeling like a college lecture!

    Upon finishing the book, I felt that this one was the most complete introductory guide to Asatru that I have seen to date. I highly recommend it for new Asatruar and those who want to share information about the faith with friends and family. ... Read more

    12. Out of the Shadows: An Exploration of Dark Paganism and Magick
    by John J. Coughlin
    Hardcover: 276 Pages (2002-10-22)
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    So often darkness is associated with evil. Since the term evil has no place in a nature-based religion, we Pagans are forced to look beyond such stereotypes.

    But what then is "darkness"? Why are so many of us drawn to themes associated with darkness such as death, mystery, wisdom, magic, and the night? These themes and symbols are empowering to many of us because they tap into the deepest reaches of our unconscious.

    The goal of this book, which is a culmination of over 16 years of study and practice, is to not only share with you the author's views on Dark Paganism and spirituality, but to encourage you - if not challenge you - to personalize your own belief system.

    While the first part explores the aspectsand spirituality of darkness, the second part of this book discusses the nature and practice of magic by exploring the underlying principles at work. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for newbies!
    All I can say is this book is a must read for ALL Wiccans. Their is a dark side to the light side-and this is what I have been saying all along!I am a Traditional witch, but did find this book very informative. Well written and easy to understand-it is another side of the "fluffies" that they must accept. I would recommend anyone new to their "path" check out this book. Just so they have a better honest perspective of things. Witchcraft and magic are not all about peace,love and light folks! So few books are written about the darker side of paganism and witchcraft, and this one is worth every penny spent. Thanks for a great read for a change!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised!
    From what I have skimmed through so far, I love this book. As a Sufi practitioner of the Craft, on the more Light, Herbal, Healing side, I wanted a book that could speak of the Dark side, but not be like a evil or dark-worshiping manual. This book seems great so far. Coughlin is well versed in Magickal Arts and does a great job giving rightful respect to the Dark elements of each and every one of us, for all of us, indeed have, both Light and Dark in us. There is a lot about protection from malicious attack and also rightful mentioning of Ethics and how the Threefold Law will haunt those that disobey the laws of Nature - that is by causing harm on others or the natural world. I do like this book so far and am eager to finish it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Left Path done Right
    Mr Coughlin's book is the best take on the Dark path I've read. He delivers in a practical, level headed way and puts the loonies in their place.
    Really should be read especially by beginners but everyone learns what it's really about.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good overview
    I found this book well balanced between the light and dark side of paganism.I found it quite insightful in many areas, some of which I had already an interest in.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helps Explain the Reasoning Behind Dark Paganism
    John Coughlin does a good job introducing concepts of dark Paganism for those new to the subject.Out of the Shadows isn't a spell book or a manual on a specific tradition.Rather, he explains many of the misconceptions regarding this challenging and fulfilling path as well as why some choose to follow it.

    He also touches on the subjects of subcultures such as the goth and vampire communities.He does this objectively explaining the pitfalls of taking these lifestyles as well as dark Paganism to extremes.

    This would be a helpful book for those interested in the path but who still feel uncomfortable exploring it.Family and friends of dark Pagans would also gain insight into their loved one from this book hopefully opening their minds in the process. ... Read more

    13. Spirited: Taking Paganism Beyond the Circle
    by Gede Parma
    Paperback: 336 Pages (2009-03-08)
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    Refreshingly real and practical, Spirited gets straight to the heart of Pagan living and Pagan spirituality today. Featuring real-life stories and first-hand experiences from the author and other young Pagans who've actually been there, this book gives you insight into the philosophy and spirituality of current Pagan rituals and practices. You'll get crucial advice on Witchcraft, spellcraft ethics, modern magic spells, coven and solitary work, magic theory and practice, dealing with discrimination and negativity, and incorporating your spiritual beliefs into all the important areas of your life:

    Love • Sexuality • Family
    Friends • School • Work



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    5-0 out of 5 stars good for young readers from new personal perspective
    I am half way through. I collect books always keep them or share with fellow seekers. This one who wrote this book is not perfect. His book is fresh and alive and relevant. I do Very Much like to see people embrace their spirituality as Young as possible., when it counts. For magic to work it Must be Prsonalized.

    Motivating book to help become grounded in reality and for developing realistic attitudes for helping others. By first knowing what our own path is, where it is going, and why we are walking on it, we can then have sinscere compassion and confidence when sharing our truth with others.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Spirited
    Everyone has their own opinion and mine on this one is that it's fantastic! I'm a 21-year-old who tends to get bored with "text-book" like material. This wasn't like that at all. It kept my attention. I like how Gede put in stories from other people. I may not be a teen anymore, but I still liked the book anyway.

    Blessed be )O(

    1-0 out of 5 stars please another wannabe.
    Dont buy this please it will make you mad that you did . Thats why its so cheap.... Trust me for a minute. I have been a witch for twenty plus years and do not agree with this youngster.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Something important for the Pagan Community
    I had seen this book on the shelf many times at my local bookstore, but had never picked it up. Well one day I did, and I took it home to read, expecting some typical Pagan book, though what I found was quite different. Being a younger Pagan myself, though no longer a teen, I found this book deep and powerful. The first part of the book talks about how Young Pagans are treated, and not just by the non-Pagan community. I know that I personally was treated unfairly by some of my own Pagan Peers, though in time I was able to prove them wrong. Too often age is used to discriminate against young seekers, and it's good that someone finally pointed it out and said something.

    The second half of the book is about how to live a Pagan lifestyle, even beyond the rituals and spells. This is written in a way that people 23 and under would probably find helpful. I know that I personally have incorporated some of the lessons into my own practice. Though even older Pagans in the community should read this, as like Parma said himself, "We need to bridge this gap between older and younger pagans." I know plenty of people who are 35 who have only been studying for a couple of years who have looked down upon me because I'm 19 yet I've been studying for over 6 years now.

    So in conclusion, good read for anyone, though younger Pagans would benefit from it the most. Definitely not your typical Wicca/Witchcraft Book, and one that will stay on my shelf for my kids to possibly read one day.

    3-0 out of 5 stars good for the kids, a bit much for us moms
    The first half of the book is about being a teenage Pagan in a non-Pagan world, including a huge amount of the author's perspective as a teenage Pagan in a non-Pagan world. I found it tedious and irrelevant (there are a gazillion books on this subject!) and way arrogant, as bad as I was when I was a teenage Pagan.

    The second half of the book is about living spirituality (as a Pagan teen). I found it extremely relevant, providing the kind of intelligent, ethical, peer-to-peer understanding instruction that I hope all parents want for their kids. The author still confuses his opinion with The Way Things Totally Are Dude, but I'll forgive him, since he's a stellar companion with whom my kids can discover the role of charity in their religion, devise ways to honor their sacred sexuality, navigate the Wiccan landscape of the modern occult as a non-Wiccan Pagan, and figure out if they're polytheists, pantheists, duotheists or what.

    Considering there are not a lot of articulate, compassionate Pagan peers lurking around every community waiting for your kids to knock on their doors, I'm very glad Gede put himself into a book. We will be skipping the first half though. ... Read more

    14. Last Days of Graeco-Roman Paganism (Europe in the Middle Ages)
    by Johannes Geffcken
     Hardcover: 356 Pages (1978-08)

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    15. Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion
    by Michael York
    Paperback: 252 Pages (2005-04-01)
    list price: US$21.00 -- used & new: US$17.68
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    In Pagan Theology, Michael York situates Paganism—one of the fastest-growing spiritual orientations in the West—as a world religion. He provides an introduction to, and expansion of, the concept of Paganism and provides an overview of Paganism's theological perspective and practice. He demonstrates it to be a viable and distinguishable spiritual perspective found around the world today in such forms as Chinese folk religion, Shinto, tribal religions, and neo-Paganism in the West.

    While adherents to many of these traditions do not use the word "pagan" to describe their beliefs or practices, York contends that there is an identifiable position possessing characteristics and understandings in common for which the label "pagan" is appropriate. After outlining these characteristics, he examines many of the world's major religions to explore religious behaviors in other religions which are not themselves pagan, but which have pagan elements. In the course of examining such behavior, York provides rich and lively descriptions of religions in action, including Buddhism and Hinduism.

    Pagan Theology claims Paganism's place as a world religion, situating it as a religion, a behavior, and a theology.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative
    I purchased this book initially because as a Solitary Eclectic Wiccan I have found precious little material exploring Wiccan theology and wanted to condense my own ideas with the help of some good reference material.

    This book does help me in that regard, but not as much as I had hoped.I would say the vast majority of the book deals with what Isaac Bonewits referred to as "Mesopaganisms" and their comparison/contrast with "Paleopaganisms", with Neopaganisms being the extreme minority of the topics under discussion.There, he uses somewhat odd definitions and lumps all of Witchcraft into the same framework as Wicca, which isn't accurate or fair, but may be a useful enough construct to form sweeping theories with.Basically the most of the text is dedicated to creating definitions.

    That said, the book gave me lots to ponder that wasn't on my original shopping list so to speak, and the final, shortest, chapter DOES handle theology more directly.The presentation is generalizing and nonspecific but still helpful.I was most taken by his idea that the New Age movement, which he characterizes as Gnostic, is essentially at odds with the Witchcraft religions in their basic worldviews (Paganisms envisioning the world, the Gods, and the human race as codependent, while Gnostic philosophy sets apart the idea of the One from all lesser emanations; in the one, Nature is sacred, while in the other, Nature is illusion).He surmises that these two incompatible philosophies form loose alliances due to the shared experience of Christian condemnation.

    All in all I recommend this book for advancing Neopagans who are looking to help firm up their definitions of broad terms and identify themselves with the religious movements around the world that share common themes with their own.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Does Not Fulfill What It Says It Will From Title
    Michale York's 'Pagan Theology' does a horrible job of doing what it says it is going to do based on the title. It exemplifies the problems most Western scholars have in coming to terms with the concept of polytheism and paganism. Divided into three parts, the first two are substantive, though the focus is not at all on theology. The first section introduces non-monotheistic traditions under the rubric of paganism from the purview of a Western scholastic mindset and not from an internal one. The second focuses on the specific practices of paganism, not theology. Then the final section which is on theology is only 13 pages in length and focuses on historical ideas rather than crafting a theology. Thus if you want to read a book on Pagan Theology no religion per se, the only current book out there that does this in my opinion is The Deities Are Many by Jordan Paper.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great treatise!
    I strongly encourage anyone interested in this topic to give this book a try.An excellent monograph on the subject.The author has something interesting to share, and does it in a succinct way.Not a casual read, but very good nonetheless...

    4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting description and defense of Paganism
    There are plenty of books about theology.But not all that many on Pagan theology.That means that a book like this one could be pioneering, but it might also be trivial.

    In spite of all that has been written about monotheistic theology, I find the concept of a "perfect Creator," let alone a just, good, omnescient, or omnipresent one rather silly.In my opinion, real Goddesses and Gods are perfections of attributes.Now, is that what most folks think?Is it what the author of this book thinks?

    Well, it isn't something everyone agrees on.As York says in his preface, the associate provost of Boston University finds neopagans "confused, deluded, frivolous, and devoid of intellectual seriousness."Hey, that's what I think of the Christians, Jews, and Muslims!Anyway, the provost's point is that Pagan religions offer no ethical guidance.And there is something to that.Pagans often try to learn how to contribute as best they can in areas they feel are of value.Monotheists worry more about what it is they ought to value.But to claim that monotheists offer ethical guidance is something of an exaggeration, as is the suggestion that Pagans offer less ethical guidance.

    So I can see why York wrote this book.He's quite properly defending the claim that Pagan religions are serious.

    York begins with a chapter on Paganism as religion.He starts by leaving out the monotheists, the Buddhists, and even the Hindus (huh?) as Pagans.And he discusses folk religions of China, Japan, and elsewhere.The focus is on supernatural aspects.

    Next comes a chapter on Paganism as behavior.That means the commitment that Pagans display.But just what is that commitment to?There is some description of some Gods and Goddesses, but I don't think York really answers this question well.There is also some description of ritual.But is ritual a mere display of commitment?Or does it have an independent significance in making one a different person? At least, this chapter devotes a great deal of space to Hinduism.As well as Buddhism and monotheism.

    At the end of the book, the author has a chapter on Paganism as theology.He tells of the difference between Paganism and Gnosticism.And he addresses the charge that Pagan religions can be reactionary, fascist, chauvinist, and racist (actually, this charge can be made against monotheistic religions as well).

    This is a pretty good book.But I think we're still awaiting a serious and pioneering work on the topic.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bold and Fresh.Not without difficulties, but well-argued.
    Michael York's book attempts to resurrect a category of cross-cultural religious understanding once thought to be irredeemably imperialist, archaic or Eurocentric. In examining Paganism, he is not concentrating on contemporary forms referred to as Neo-Paganism, but rather drawing thematic continuities to forms of worship across times and spaces. From Greco-Roman times onwards, York sees Pagan gods as essentially having an kindred affinity with Humans--different in degree rather than in kind. Fundamental "animism, polytheism, idolatry, corpospirituality, local emphasis," geosacrality, apotheosis, devotional reciprocity, regeneration, circular history, vitalism, phallicism, and most of all, celebration---these are the salient forms York finds in Paganism as a root religious type. Earth and Nature are the sacred texts for Pagan religions.

    There is typically an "otherworld," but not a transcendent one. Rather, for York, Otherworlds in Paganism are earthly paradises, or at least realms that intersect with with this world and immanent, sometimes co-terminous, even "co-dependent" with this realm. Again, often a difference of degree, rather than kind. The flexibility and innovations of dioscuric triads and Shaman-Tricksters are common as well, and York connects this theme again across spaces, from the Norse trickster Loki to Hermetic Sacred Magic in the Western Tradition. Behaviorally, York draws on Peter Berger to claim that natural, spontaneous worship directed in this world is characteristic of Paganism, as well as the idolatrous bhakti devotions of vernacular Hinduism. Even Thai Theravada Buddhism is examined for its devotion to relics, veneration of images, and tradition of geolocal domestic spirit houses.

    A number of different religious expressions are examined for these forms of devotion. Chinese folk religion (including but not limited to ritual Taoism), Japanese forms of Shinto, and vernacular (but not speculative or Brahmanical) Hinduism. Afro-Carribean and contemporary Western Paganisms are also examined as part of these ways of approaching sacrality.

    This not to say that all Paganisms are the same. York makes sub-typological distinctions, such as geopaganism, recopaganism, and neopaganism. York actually places Neopaganism on the fringes of the typology, due to its alleged lack of actual polytheism. And he is careful to include significant doses of humanism, from Epicurus to Confucian ideology, that accompany different forms of Paganism. York also does not shy away from the "darker" aspects of Paganism. For if Paganism works by enhancing/restoring environmental equilibrium, sometimes both offensive and defensive modes are needed. Contrary to what some would argue, this makes Paganism more of an ethical religious stance for York than the transcendental or gnostic religious modes, as he later points out.

    The first part of the book is largely devoted to fleshing out the typology, while the second section covers examples from these many cross-cultural traditions that exemplify parts of the typology. Thirdly Paganism is contrasted to what he calls 'gnostic' modes of religiosity or 'transcendental' modes, although all of these are found as modes within individual large religious traditions. Yet York sees 'world-denying' religions such as Christianity, Zororastrianism, and speculative Buddhism as more properly transcendental or gnostic religions. Some of these non-Pagan modes are found within the heritage of Western occultism. For example, York considers Platonism, Theosophy and New-Age more gnostically oriented than Pagan.

    Its a bold book, and one that has merits. Some volumes work by claiming large amounts of ground, which is then refined and modified/challenged over time. This may be one of those volumes. There are some vocabulary archaisms, such as the terms "primitive," "cult" and "Lamaism," which communicate some of the unease associated with what some may see as imperialist throwback. I think there is significant merit in York's argument, although I see concerns as well. But York is to be commended for his boldness in articulating a major field of study. In closing, it is perhaps important that York himself closes with a mention of Pagan ethics, naming "honor," "trust," and "friendship" as an ethical triad. Paganism, after all, since it is at heart concerned with relationality and relationships, is an ethical religious stance before it is anything else. ... Read more

    16. Paganism in Our Christianity
    by Arthur Weigall
     Hardcover: 284 Pages (2010-09-10)
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    1928. Christian theology, the author asserts, is in part quite acceptable and in part totally unacceptable to the modern mind: such of its doctrines and beliefs as have the genuine authority of the historic Jesus Christ are unassailable and eternal, but those which are based upon the early Christians' interpretation of our Lord's nature and mission are largely untenable. Much of the generally accepted Christian doctrine, the author continues, is derived from pagan sources and not from Jesus Christ at all, a great deal of ecclesiastical Christianity being, indeed, so definitely paganism redressed that one might almost speak of it as the last stronghold of the old heathen gods. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Accurate Historical Document
    Just because the author is not scholarly or technical, does not mean the information is inaccurate.Christianity is blatantly tainted with the paganism from the culture in which it developed.The blending of paganism and Christianity was a political and power move on the parts of Roman Emperor Constantine and the Roman church.

    Many years ago, I began to notice discrepancies between the "Old Testament" and the "New Testament". I began to search and study. I studied pseudepigraphal writings, the Apocrypha, Roman and Greek mythology, and various other writings. Most importantly, I learned to read Hebrew because I wanted to know for myself what the Scriptures were saying.

    One of the discrepancies I discovered is in Psalm 22 in which the word "pierced" was mistranslated and interpolated into the Christian Bible to depict the crucifixion of Jesus. The phrase "pierced were my hands and feet" was placed into Psalm 22. The word "pierced" simply does not appear in Psalm 22. This psalm has NOTHING to do with Jesus Christ.

    Furthermore, in Isaiah 7, the Hebrew word "almah" literally means a young woman (review reference #5959 in the Strong's Concordance). The Hebrew word "almah" does not mean virgin. Christian scribes translated the Hebrew word "almah" into the Greek word, "parthenos" which means virgin. Roman and Greek mythology declare various demi-gods were born to virgin women. Christianity just plagarized the same theme for the Jesus Christ birth story. I went through the Hebrew Scriptures line by line and compared it with the Christian Scriptures. I saw for myself that the prophecies people pointed to in the Hebrew Scriptures do NOT make any references to Jesus Christ at all. It simply is not there.

    And of course, I researched information on how Emperor Constantine in the fourth century changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday on March 7, 321 CE; I researched what happened at the Council of Nicea in the year 325 CE when Jesus was "deified" as God; and I researched details about the pagan Saturnalia and Mithra holidays celebrated on December 25th hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ. These holidays were also part of the winter solstice celebrations. Pagan holidays like Christmas and Easter simply took took on "Christianized" names so the Christians and pagns could celebrate harmoniously.

    Nowhere in the Bible does it tells us to celebrate Christmas or Easter.Instead, we are told to celebrate the Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and even Chanukkah.According to the New Testament, Jesus celebrated Chanukkah, which was also called the Feast of Dedication (see John 10:22).

    Hundreds of thousands of Christians would be horrified if they really knew the pagan origins of Christianity. However, there are many ministries that are beginning to tell their members not to celebrate Christmas and Easter. Good, that's a start. There are too many similiarities between Jesus Christ and the Roman/Greek mythological gods.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Elementary in his presentation
    I was very much anticipating the receipt of this work, because I was looking for critical evidence of the influence of Paganism in Christianity.Although there are references he uses, many of his thoughts, it seems, are just his beliefs stated with minimal or no support.Now I don't disagree with most of what he had to say but in many areas he must assume that support or an extended explanation is not needed.In many ways it reminds me of the writings of a non-professional parishioner discussing his non-orthodox beliefs written down for others to read rather than a scientific textual critique of the subjects. I wanted more extensive justification of how or why such and such might have ended up the way it was.He needed to make a case for much of what he talked about, but he did not.This would not be a work that a critical thinker could use to raise doubt in the mind of orthodoxy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Origin of the Trinity doctrine
    It's great to discover some authors brave enough to write about the true origin of certain beliefs generally held to be Christian.

    Commencing with the second century it appears that certain theologians chose not to take scripture at face value, but rather sought to describe salvation in complex philosophical terms (predominantly platonic).Athanasius could not accept that Jesus Christ was simply the "Son of God", for fear that that implied Jesus had the freedom (like angels and humans) to exercise free will, and could potentially change his mind (about saving us).No, Jesus must become God with the Father.But ditheism (belief in two gods) was contrary to Hebrew scripture (God was one).Consequently, multiple philosophical theories were hypothesized in an attempt to blend both monotheism and, eventually, tritheism - a mathematical impossibility.Trinitarianism was born, and destined to become a complicated, drawn out, and ultimately a violent affair.

    The good news of God's kingdom, salvation from death and sin inherited from Adam, and other scriptural truths had an intended audience: common people like Jesus' disciples and us.Jesus Christ is the way and the truth and the life.Not theologians, those educated in secular philosophy, and certainly not pagan Roman Emperors like Constantine and Theodosius.If the true nature of God is of trinity, Jesus would have explicitly revealed this to us.He did not.Instead, the Trinity was formulated over several centuries, and at a cost of much blood.

    Moreover, the Trinity is a THEORY of many differing flavours.It is an ELABORATION on scripture.For the followers of one particular flavour to label all others as heretics worthy of persecution reveals the true nature of this doctrine.

    "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths." 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (New International Version)


    1-0 out of 5 stars The most anti-Christian book I've ever read!
    This is a very dangerous and discussting book.
    I have read several books about the topic, and this one, "Paganism in our Christianity", is a frontal attack to the roots of the Christian Faith. It negates everything!
    To the autor, what is in the Bible, and what is in the Christian faith to day is just a collection of lies and fiction events that have never ever occurred!
    Without Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection, Christendom has not reason to exist, and the autor of this book, by using similarities and analogies with the Greco-Roman mythology, denies the fundamental bases of the Christian faith: Jesus' death and resurrection to save all those who believe in His message, His sacrifice as the Lamb of God,and His resurrection in order to give us, the believers in Him, the eternal life in heaven.
    Also, it called my attention that this book has the Free Manson's symbol in its first page...
    With all due respect

    5-0 out of 5 stars I WISH I COULD BUY A COPY
    The only thing I can say badly about this book is that I can't find a copy to buy. I have to continue asking for it from my local library through InterLibrary Loan. If you know of a way that I could get a copy of this book, please email me and let me know....ADDITION: I did eventually find a copy for only [price]. It took 3 months of searching out of print book sellers but a very nice man in Canada was willing to let go of his copy. If he reads this, THANK YOU! ... Read more

    17. Hammer of the Gods: Anglo-Saxon Paganism in Modern Times
    by Swain Wodening
    Paperback: 247 Pages (2003-09)
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    Using scholarship and personal spiritual experiences, Swain Wodening explores modern Anglo-Saxon Heathenry, a religion closely related to Asatru. With practical information on Wyrd, Heathen virtues, dieties, Hammer of the Gods strives to revive the spirit of Anglo-Saxon Heathenry. Additonional topics covered include the Anglo-Saxon runes and seiðr, as well as rites for births, namings, marriages, funerals, land takings, and worshipping the Gods.

    Because of the scarcity of information about the ancient religion of the ancestors of the English people, this book also draws heavily on the mythology and religious lore of the related Scandinavian tribes, which was better preserved. It is therefore suited for practioners of Asatru as well. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Top-Notch
    As a heathen focusing on the Anglo-Saxon tradition, this book is the single most-often referenced book in my collection.It is not only an excellent starting point for those interested in Anglo-Saxon heathenry, it contains enough depth to be continuously useful to the practicing heathen.

    The author is a long-time Anglo-Saxon heathen and is perhaps the leading authority in his field.His writing is scholarly and yet very readable; it is clear that he knows his subject matter to the degree of depth that only comes from years of study and practice.

    Whether you're just starting to explore Anglo-Saxon heathenry or you've been at it for a while, this book is one to have.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is great!
    This book is a great treatment of Anglo-Saxon heathenry.I look forward to reading more books by this author.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner's book on Anglo-Saxon heathenry
    "Hammer of the Gods" deals in detail, on a beginner's level, with Anglo-Saxon heathen beliefs and practices, and there has not been before or since a book that is as comprehensive on that particular aspect of heathenry. The book itself is very polished and professional, and the only disagreement I might make with its contents is that the author chooses to go with an interpretation that the Anglo-Saxons believed in 9 worlds rather than 7, despite plain literary evidence to the contrary, without really spelling out a cogent case for why he makes this assumption. (Although in fairness he does *acknowledge* the problem, so it's certainly not a deal-killer for me.) Definitely worth getting if you're interested in A-S heathenry.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Needs an Editor
    The total lack of proofreading was really distracting as I read this book.Sometimes the author's meaning is obscured by typos.Hopefully his other works are written with more care.Still, the subject matter is important and not widely covered elsewhere.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rather scholarly, but contains much wrorth reading
    I liked this book.It was a rather scholarly tome, and didn't have the flavor of the typical new age 101 stuff.It was worth reading.It stays on my bookshelf, and I am using it as reference. ... Read more

    18. The Way of The Horned God: A Young Man's Guide to Modern Paganism
    by Dancing Rabbit
    Paperback: 196 Pages (2010-03-16)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$14.26
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    Asin: 1846942675
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    If you are the parent of a teenage boy, The Way of the Horned God will guide your son in growing to be a man who will be responsible, courageous, and true Son of the Great Goddess and Horned God. If you are a young man who is serious about Pagan spirituality and is interested in working toward harmony within yourself and with nature The Way of the Horned God is written especially for you. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Much Needed Guide for Young Pagan Men
    This book is geared toward educating young men who are interested in Paganism. It is also an informative guide for parents. The book is written in a "down to earth" (pun intended) easy to understand manner. It teaches responsibility in practice and debunks common misconceptions of what earth based religions are about. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about Paganism, and especially to young men who are searching and learning.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful guide
    Granted, I'm not a young male pagan, but I do study Wiccan and Pagan views of the masculine divine. That being said, I really did enjoy reading this. The insights offered here are of serious use for young men, or their parents. Dancing Rabbit's focus on responsibility and balance were wonderfully refreshing and encouraging. I would highly recommend this to every young man who comes to me wanting to learn. Dancing Rabbit does a wonderful job of incorporating spiritual life with mundane life in his examples of rituals and ways to connect to the divine. He reveals what the Mysteries are with out giving them away by presenting beautiful adaptive rituals, practices, and prayers. This is a book the pagan community has been waiting for, and I'm glad it's finally here.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Male spirituality re-affirmed
    Dancing Rabbit has done an incredible job with the underappreciated Way of the Horned God, one of the few books that speaks to the pagan male, and the only one that specifically covers the challenges and issues faced by young men. My initial fear wasthat the book would take a philosophical approach, without practical knowlege, but this is anything but the case. Beyond being merely a religious tract, Dancing Rabbit's work addresses the issues of growing up male, dealing with puberty, schoolwork, unsupportive parents, tryingto connect with nature, and initiation and manhood rituals (something our society has lost, consequently leaving boys to engage in dangerous behavior to try and prove their manhood, like drinking, drug use, etc). This is something I wish I could have had in my teen years, and something I'd want my son to have.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have
    I think it is important to mention that I started my path in Wicca when I was a young teenager, and now I am a parent of a teenage boy. I feel this book is a must have for every parent of a teenager that is venturing into paganism, and for the teen starting their path. This book will give any pagan a strong base to build their path on. I have seen some writers that produce books just to get a buck, It is NOT the case with this book, Dancing Rabbit gives very sound advice and guidance to the young teen starting their path and covers things that every young pagan goes through and will have to face. This is a book NEEDED to be done, and I am glad Dancing Rabbit did it.

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    19. Contemporary Paganism: Listening People, Speaking Earth
    by Graham Harvey
    Paperback: 264 Pages (2000-08-01)
    list price: US$22.00 -- used & new: US$16.51
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    Asin: 0814736203
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    "Graham Harvey has written the best book yet published upon an important complex ofcontemporary religions, of which most people know only through hearsay and sensationaljournalism. His account is exciting, revealing, objective and just; the wholekaleidoscope of Paganism is here in all its vivid colours: witches, Druids,Odinists, eco-mystics and many others."
    --Ronald Hutton, University of BristolThe Pagan tradition celebrates the physical nature of life on earth, blending science with spiritual folklore. Seasonal festivals are combined with the rediscovery of shamanic techniques and an emphasis on grounded empiricism. Considering the everyday world of food, health, sex, work, and leisure to be sacred, Pagans oppose that which threatens life such as deforestation, overdevelopment, nuclear power and invoke ancient deities in this struggle for the well-being of the earth and its inhabitants.In Contemporary Paganism, Graham Harvey presents a broad-based introduction to the main trends of contemporary Paganism, revealing the origins and practical aspects of Druidry, Witchcraft, Heathenism, Goddess Spirituality and Magic, Shamanism, and Geomancy among others.Making use of both traditional history and the movement's more imaginative sources, the book reveals how Paganism and its central focus on individual and social life is evolving and how this new religion perceives and relates to more traditional ones. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    Not since Starhawk's "Spiral Dance" have I read a book that so accurately represented my beliefs.

    Graham Harvey has produced a master work of honest and gentle exploration.When I flip to any page I find clear unbiased expression of the Pagan philosophy and practice.He respectfully documents the primary controversies in and outside of the pagan movement without taking sides. And with plenty of disclaimers about the variety and diversity of the Pagan experience.

    I treasured this book from the first time I opened it. It makes me want to be a better person.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Biased and Superficial
    Graham Harvey has attempted to write an academically sound yet sympathetic assessment of the current neopagan scene. This is in itself commendable. Harvey could have written a book that broke out of the stereotypes of his earlier works (such as those written and edited with Charlotte Hardiman). Unfortunately, his effort is marred by several forms of bias. For one, this book ends up being an apology for some groups, while ignoring the existence of others. For example, those new to the topic will conclude that the only neopagan religion with a "Celtic" flavor is "druidry" as practiced by the British OBOD group, a modern construction built on eighteenth-century views of ancient traditions. This does not reflect reality. In the sections of the book he attempts to present an overivew of contemporary pagan theology where he draws conclusions and generalizations about Celtic belief, practice, and folklore that are superficial and stereotypical. Moreover, Harvey does not escape his UK bias, except with regard to Wiccans where he has drawn heavily on his contacts with US Wiccan groups. Those seeking a thorough overview of contemporary pagan groups should look elsewhere. This book does not live up to its purpose.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read This Book FIRST!
    This is by far the best book on modern paganism for those with more than an academic interest in the subject.He presents an amazing amount of comparative information while remaining respectful of all the various tendancies he covers (a welcome departure from most American writers).

    Especially for those just beginning their exploration of Paganism as a spritual path, this book is an absolute must.So much confusion I had in the beginning would have been thwarted by having read this book before ANY other!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent insights into modern Paganism
    This is a wonderful book both for Pagans and people researching Paganism. The author examines the practices and beliefs of various different Pagan groups (Druids, Wicca, etc) and what beliefs can be said to definePaganism. It's scattered with quotes from Pagans (and Terry Pratchettnovels), and gives a great look into the worldview of neo-Pagans in the UKand around the world. ... Read more

    20. Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca And Paganism in America
    by Chas S. Clifton
    Paperback: 206 Pages (2006-06-08)
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    A history of wicca and neopaganism in the United States focusing on the post-WW II period. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating study
    I read Mr. Clifton's blog, which is where I first heard of this book.It's a wonderful and amazing study of the origins of Wicca in America - while the history of Wicca in England is a necessary topic to cover in a book like this, Clifton thankfully doesn't go into much detail about it (plenty of books can be found covering that subject.The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft is the essential book for that subject).

    I only have one complaint - too short!I wish it was longer, much longer.Great book, but I wish the topics were covered more indepth.Still, it's a great history of paganism and "nature worship" in the states and definitely worth a read and a place on any pagan or comparative religion bookshelf.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Witch Without Her Broom
    "her hidden children the Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America" by Chas S. Clifton, is a sobering study into the dark and often misunderstood world of "Wicca", and ..."the Craft."

    The book is actually a very well researched text and would make a superb referral book to any college course in Wicca and Paganism in America.
    The reality of Wicca's genesis and those who helped mold it's contemporary theology onlyserves to tarnishes the mystique of the subject matter.

    I personally, would have preferred a more flowing "story-book" form of literary expressiveness. This would have allowed the reader to maintain just a wee-bit more ofthat "magical mystery."However, that thought alone is "magical thinking" and would have been unrealistic.

    This is a very good chronological study andacademic interpretation of
    Witchcraft, and Paganism.Like most religions that have undergone years of transformation, the reader can only wonder; "Was there ever a real honest to goodness witch?"

    Clifton's study shows the reader there are many brands of self- proclaimed witchs, but... none with a broom!

    In my opinion, this is a 4-star book based on the deep caldron of superb information the author gives to his reader.It should be a constant companion to those who have an honestinterest in the truth of religions and those who profess them.

    Joseph R. Calmia

    2-0 out of 5 stars Riding the Merry Go 'Round
    During the Middle Ages (and well into the Renaissance period) scholars, inquisitors, and other "learned men" established an official definition and depiction of witchcraft. This "empirical truth" of the past era is now an acknowledged falsehood in the eyes of most modern scholars who believe that the matter was actually one of hysteria and politics (no witches, no witches' sect).

    Modern scholars are now doing today what was being done in the past centuries. In other words they are establishing a definition and depiction of Wicca, once again based on empirical truth.Here again we find an official depiction in which we are told what is true and what is not.Unfortunately the "objective view" of modern scholars is as tainted now as was the view of learned men in past centuries.

    In Clifton's book, Her Hidden Children, the author uses words like "purported" instead of reported or claimed.The word purported is far from objective, as is the word "liar" which the author also uses when referring to certain figures in Wicca and Witchcraft today.The personal bias of this so-called "objective" scholar is no more apparent than in his dealing with the topic of hereditary witches.Clifton sees the lack or absence of documentation as absolute proof of the non-existence of hereditary witches (of whom he is highly critical of throughout the book).He goes on to comment that the lack of documentation is "convenient" for people that claim hereditary lineage.In truth the lack is probably anything but convenient for these individuals, for it brings only skepticism, criticism, and alienation to anyone who openly admits to a family tradition.

    Many modern scholars point to the depiction of the former image of the witch as evil, and they say that modern witches cannot be descended from them because the modern beliefs and practices bear no resemblance.However, since the former depiction has no roots in any real historical sect, the argument holds no water. It's a failed attempt to have it both ways during a debate.

    Clifton's book purports to be a warm, humorous, and sympathetic telling of the origins and evolution of Wicca by an insider.However in this regard it fails to deliver the hype that appears in the endorsements on the back of the book.In the telling of Wicca's story the author uses the accounts of popular figures and organizations as the definitive foundation from which Clifton creates his material for the book.In doing so he fails to take into account the 70 to 80 percent of solitary practitioners who comprise the true body of Wiccan religion.These are the people who actually wrote the history of Wicca and continue to do so without documentation or celebrity status.So again, the empirical truth of scholars is narrow and political, pertaining only to a handful of examples of practitioners who achieve the public eye and who thereby become the role models and definitives (despite being only a minority presence among Wiccans as a whole).

    With `Her Hidden Children' Clifton joins the ranks of the new batch of learned men, a brotherhood of such figures as Ronald Hutton, who carry on the work of those during the period of the Inquisition who gave us the official definitions and depictions of witches and witchcraft.Their views are as foreign now to the truth as were those back then in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.Ironically modern scholars like Clifton, while dismissing the idea of any lineage tradition, are actually carrying on one of their own from the time of the Inquisition.Through this they maintain themselves as the authorities who tell us what is truth and what is not, no matter what we experience and believe on our own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for all American Pagans.
    Since the release of Ronald Hutton's "Triumph of The Moon" back in 2000, I have yearned for a book that would take an in-depth look at the history of modern Paganism in America. So I was more than a little excited and hopeful when I heard that Pagan academic Chas Clifton was rising to the task in his new book "Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America". Finally a book that would take a look at how modern Paganism and Wicca took root in American soil and became one of the fastest growing faiths in the country.

    Clifton - knowing that he could in no way cover everything that has happened from the 1930s to the present - has chosen with this book to lay down some basic parameters for talking about modern Pagan history in America. First he concentrates on Wicca: it being the largest and most influential modern Pagan religion in America. Secondly, when moving out from Wicca he generally stays with groups that claim to follow "nature" or "earth" religions. Not getting much attention in this history are the "reconstructionist" Pagan faiths and feminist Wicca.

    "...the story of contemporary Paganism in America has too many strands to enumerate. Because of my wish to focus on many Pagans' claim to follow "nature religion," I have for the most part set aside those groups that pay more attention to ethnic roots, such as reconstructed Greek, Roman, ot Norse religions. Their history remains to be written. Even these, however, may yet welcome the label of nature religion or earth religion as it becomes more widely accepted in the larger society. Likewise, I have give the origins of feminist Wicca a fairly brief treatment; since the appearance of Starhawk's The Spiral Dance in 1979, it has received much attention, perhaps to the point of obscuring its context in the larger Pagan story."

    These limitations allow Clifton to focus on some little known figures and give credit to some unlikely heroes. One of those unlikely figures responsible for the rapid growth of Wicca and Paganism in America is journalist and parapsychologist Hans Holzer. Holzer, who has written over 138 books in his lifetime was one of the first people to introduce the idea of religious Witchcraft to a mass audience. At a time when finding books written by Pagans was difficult at best, just about anyone could find a cheap paperback copy of "The Truth About Witchcraft" during the 1970s.

    "Ever since I wrote "The Truth about Witchcraft," hundreds of people have approached me to show them the way to the nearest coven." - Hans Holzer

    Another major theme that emerges in the book is the author's discussion of Wicca (and other related faiths) evolving into "earth" or "nature" faiths. The book plots the course of American culture's heightened awareness of environmental issues and how - post Earth Day in 1970 -modern Pagans were uniquely situated to advance themselves as theologically in tune with the needs of the environment. Clifton also lays out three different kinds of "nature religion" that in one way or another encompass most of modern Pagan religions active today. The first is "Cosmic Nature" (dealing with abstract notions of nature), the second "Gaian Nature" (dealing directly with the natural world), and the third is "Erotic Theology" (dealing with the human body).

    These three natures blend and intersect with Wicca and other related faiths (and most modern Pagan theologies incorporate at least two of these concepts) to create a unique "earth religion": a religion grounded in our sacral relationship with the cosmos, our ecosystems, and our bodies.

    There is so much more I wish I could cover in this review, the "Gardnerian Magnet", the evolution of non-traditional Wicca, how British Wicca spread in America, and how the notorious Satanist Anton LaVey ended up interviewed or mentioned in most of the books about Witchcraft during the late sixties and early seventies. My only quibble with this book is that I wished it three times as large. This is really only what I hope will be the first in a series of books about how modern Paganism emerged and grew in American soil. Chas Clifton has done yeoman's work here and should be highly praised. An essential book for anyone interested in our history, and how that history is shaping the future of modern Paganism. The bar has just been raised.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!
    A history of American Wicca.Excellent book.Very well written. Clifton makes the "what happened before" accessable to even the casual reader.For those of us who wish to read actual history in addition to our mythical history this is a must have tome. ... Read more

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