Atheopaganism: An Introduction

In recent months, hundreds of new Atheopagans have joined the Facebook group and followed the blog. Lots of folks viewing our path with new eyes, and many wondering how to get started. Accordingly, I thought I’d provide an overview of this Pagan path.

Today I posted a video, “An Introduction to Atheopaganism”, to the Atheopagan YouTube Channel. This is a talk I will present at Pantheacon next month. View it below!

 

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15 thoughts on “Atheopaganism: An Introduction

  1. This is great, and I agree with most of it, however…

    Wicca has the eight Wiccan virtues, not just the rede.

    My belief in gods is a working hypothesis to explain my experience. It’s also compatible with science.

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      • What we know from science is that the consciousness that inhabits our brains is an emergent property of the complex biology of our brains.

        What I think is that therefore it’s possible that gods/spirits are emergent properties of the complexity of the universe. They are not supernatural, i.e. not separate / distinct from nature, but preternatural, emergent identities. Not necessarily persons or entities. Just as people shape each other’s personalities by social interaction, so we can shape the “personality” of a place by interaction with it. Hence the concept of the numinous, the genius loci.

        So whilst I totally agree with your value system of reason and love and stuff, I’d prefer it if you didn’t oversimplify theism by describing it all as irrational supernaturalism.

        Your argument is strongest when you describe what you believe, without creating straw versions of other people’s views.

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      • Well yeah but what if other networks could produce consciousness (e.g. the internet)?

        I don’t have an emotional investment in belief in gods. I do have an emotional investment in not being dismissed as irrational.

        And I don’t really want to have a big argument because I like you and support your efforts. Please consider me a flying buttress to your (metaphorical) church. I’m just over in a neighbouring building doing my own thing which has many similar aims and values.

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  2. Oh and fwiw, I will reiterate, of course atheists can be Pagans. Like you said, there have always been atheist Pagans.

    However, I wrote my MA dissertation on the relationship between Pagans and science, and I can tell you, Pagan theologies are pretty diverse, hypothetical, and nuanced. (It’s up on academia dot .edu if you are interested.)

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      • Well I’m not most Pagans 🙂

        I was happily trucking along being an atheist Pagan until a significant thing happened. (Which I’m not going to discuss here.)

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      • Actually I’m not sure that any Pagan is “most Pagans”. Academic studies of Pagan beliefs suggest that most people have come to belief from significant disbelief and that they shift about on the belief spectrum. It’s also been suggested that the US experience is very different from the UK, because there’s a much higher level of religious beliefs generally in the US. Hence why devotional polytheism has hardly gained any foothold in the UK. And Canada is different from both.

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  3. […] Taking rigid positions on theology is a fairly unproductive pursuit. People who insist that all theists are irrational believers in supernatural entities are creating a caricature of theistic beliefs that most theists would not recognize as describing their nuanced beliefs and hypotheses. People who insist that atheists cannot be Pagans are obviously wrong, as there were atheist pagans in antiquity, and there are atheist Pagans now. […]

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