As of tonight, I am out.
I acknowledged the publication of my book and publicized a radio interview coming up on Sunday to my entire friends list on Facebook, which includes professional and political associates.
For my entire career, I have kept my religious life out of my professional life. It doesn’t belong there, and the last thing I would want to do is to make anyone uncomfortable.
But now I’ve written the book, and I’m about to do an interview that could be heard by thousands of local residents, and honestly? I just don’t care any longer.
I’m out of the Atheopagan closet.
Now, I live in a progressive, tolerant, largely civilized area. This revelation is unlikely to hurt me. Not everyone has such a luxury, and I am fully cognizant of this.
But it’s an interesting moment for me. I have kept a careful partition between my personal life and my professional life for a very long time, in the name of maintaining my credibility.
But again: I don’t care any longer.
Ours is a worldview substantiated absolutely by science. A set of values that are moral and valid. And a practice that is meaningful, humane, and kind.
Nothing to be embarrassed by. Nothing to be ashamed of. However radically different it may be from the Christian substrate of this country, our way is one to be proud of.
So I’m out.
I’ll let you know how that works out for me.
I am thrilled to announce that as of today, Atheopaganism: An Earth-Honoring Path Rooted in Science is available for order in print and e-book formats!
Atheopaganism is a handy guide to the path: the science background, the values, the Principles, the Sabbaths, crafting rituals, building a Focus, etc.
The book has global distribution and can be ordered from any independent bookseller. The ISBN numbers are 978-0-578-57198-0 for the e-book and 978-0-578-57197-3 for the print version.
Please don’t buy it from Amazon, which is a horrible company—I had no choice about having it included in their catalog. (I’m not sure where you can download the epub version other than at Amazon, however—I guess at Apple, which is another horrible company). If you can’t order from a local bookstore, please do so from Barnes & Noble.
There are so many to thank for the achievement of this milestone: Atheopaganism Patrons; my own circle of magical Pagans, Dark Sun; the many friends both in physical presence and online who have encouraged me and the project; John Halstead, who wrote the foreword; Arwen Gwyneth, who did an incredible job with the page layout; my partner Nemea and many, many more.
But here, most of all I want to thank you, reader. Without the interest in this blog and path, the book could never have come into being.
Atheopaganism went from being a personal path to one with more than 1,500 practitioners in the space of only a few short years. I see the availability of this book as a necessary and important step towards our path being both more widely visible and more accepted in Pagan and atheist circles.
I’m even starting to imagine a second book, about living the Atheopagan life!