Atheopaganism is a Pagan religious path initially conceptualized by me, Mark Green*. I am a lifelong atheist, and have never had reason to doubt that point of view, but I find that most outspoken atheists err seriously in their understanding of the function and value of religious practice in building community, inculcating values and gratitude, and otherwise enriching a human life.
For many years, I was active in celebrating the turning of the seasons with members of the Pagan community, the values of which resonated with my own. However, there came a point where I could no longer remain silent in the face of the credulity with which many in those circles approached their religion, believing their gods to exist in a literal sense rather than as meaningful metaphors. Even to the point of using “the will of the gods” to excuse dysfunctional and unethical behavior, in some cases.
So I left.
As a result, after a gap of some years in which I explored further how religious behavior serves the imperatives of various parts of the human brain, I began to develop what I and many friends are now calling “Atheopaganism”: a supernatural-free, godless tradition of celebrations, observances, meditations and other meaningful practices, the goal of which is to increase happiness both individually and in society, and to foster the development of a more sustainable, just and kind world.
Details on this journey, the science behind it and the principles of Atheopaganism are available here (somewhat outdated) or in the book Atheopaganism: an Earth-Honoring Path Rooted in Science. Those interested in learning more can also request to join the Atheopagan Facebook group, where we discuss and develop Atheopagan ideas, rituals, liturgy and culture, as well as announce events.
Posts to this blog are about not only the development, but the practice of this new religious path, which I am finding deeply satisfying. If it’s not your thing, it’s a big Internet–go find something that works for you.
However, if you think you’re going to get into a debate here about how real your gods are, I’m sorry to disappoint you. All such comments will be deleted immediately.
*Though I am by no means the first to wed naturalistic atheism with Neopagan ideas and practices. See, for example, the Humanistic Paganism blog in the links.
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