Neo-Paganism


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Neo-Paganism

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The revival of paganism in many forms, including those of Witchcraft and Druidism. The term is used extensively in the United States but little used in Europe. Neo-paganism is a revival of original forms but, although thoroughly researched, does not form an unbroken line from the original.

The focus of neo-paganism is on pre-Christian, nature-based religions and a reverence for the natural world. The movement has been motivated by various factors, including dissatisfaction with established religions, ecology-consciousness, equal rights movements, and back-to-basics philosophies. According to author Michael Jordan, more women than men are attracted to neo-paganism.

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"This assertion that 'neo-paganism' was responsible for the virulent anti-Semitism that led to one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century of course obscures the deadly history of Christian anti-Semitism that so significantly informed what happened," Berry writes.
But, crucially for our investigation, "while many religious groups use the internet, only neo-Paganism is able to imagine a community (...) in cyberspace".
He cautioned against the danger of new pantheism tinged with neo-paganism which attempts to base man's salvation in nature alone and understood in purely naturalist terms.
Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism are characterized by a high presence of native ethnographers and critical practitioners who cross the boundaries between categories easily and repeatedly.
[8] Not surprisingly, the Pope's message also included a warning against a "new pantheism tinged with neo-paganism".
These notions open up the way to a "new pantheism tinged with neo-paganism, which sees the source of man's salvation in nature alone" (ibid).
Neo-Paganism for a teen audience is not just found in fantasy media, however, but also in a number of non-fiction how-to books designed to introduce young seekers to the basics of Neo-Pagan faiths--but again, the focus is primarily upon Wicca.
Breuer concludes by briefly considering modern feminist neo-paganism and Wicca.
They are simply one group of adherents of nature-based spiritualities broadly referred to as Paganism or Neo-Paganism.
By the end of the 19th century Romantic pantheism (the belief that God is identifiable with nature) had largely been supplanted by an eclectic neo-paganism inspired by anthropologists' and archaeologists' extensive catalogues of prehistoric rituals, myths and votive symbols.
Wiedemann's twofold point is that the images of the which advanced in German Romanticism, National Socialism, and post-war right-wing extremism, neo-paganism, and feminism are ultimately equivalent and that they are founded upon anti-Semitism.
McQuaide's (1999) case study involves a Wiccan client; Kennedy (2003) provided a brief overview of Neo-Paganism for counselors; and Wicca is briefly described in Canda and Furman (1999).Therefore, I incorporated data from studies of Neo-Pagans in other social science disciplines (such as anthropology and sociology), as well as literature on Paganism and Witchcraft written by practitioners.