ChristoPaganism: An Inclusive Path

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BLENDED PATHS:
REVOLUTION OR EVOLUTION?

Have you ever questioned the nature of religion? Would you like to explore more inclusive modes of spirituality? You are not alone. In this exciting age of religious diversity, more and more Pagans and Christians are incorporating each other's practices into their own belief systems. These intrepid believers are forging hybrid spiritual paths that borrow from both earth-...

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Overview

BLENDED PATHS:
REVOLUTION OR EVOLUTION?

Have you ever questioned the nature of religion? Would you like to explore more inclusive modes of spirituality? You are not alone. In this exciting age of religious diversity, more and more Pagans and Christians are incorporating each other's practices into their own belief systems. These intrepid believers are forging hybrid spiritual paths that borrow from both earth- and scripture-based religions, daring to defy the status quo of spirituality.

Everything you once knew about religion is about to change. Noted scholars Joyce and River Higginbotham invite you to participate in the fascinating dialogue surrounding the nature of faith and the evolving spiritual needs of our world. With balance and depth, the authors delve into the origins, ideologies, and common threads of Christianity and Paganism. This powerful book culminates in a series of compelling interviews with fifteen individuals who share ways in which they honor a unique blend of traditions, helping you to create your own rich and rewarding spiritual path.

Get ready to re-examine your beliefs and view spiritual practice in a new light. By reading this book on Christianity and Pagan ritual and opening the door to interspiritual experience, you will reach a deeper understanding of yourself—and cultivate a profound appreciation for the changing landscape of spirituality around you.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

No season in "Spiritual Living" would be complete without a few books apt to drive the pure in heart absolutely crackers. ChristoPaganism is an at times bewilderingly complex introduction to a growing subset of believers who see convergences between Christianity and paganism. To make its point, it gallops the reader through a very substantial history lesson, memes, holons (i.e., "nested wholes," like an onion), Fowlerian faith stages, semifictional dialog, and poems and concludes with something very like the cheerful synthesis of paganism and Christianity practiced all around the edges of the Roman Empire 1900 years ago.

Northern Tradition, by Krasskova, a priest of Odin, and Kaldera, a shaman and activist, comes from the "Asatru" movement, the wing of neopaganism that has reclaimed the gods of Norse myth as real entities; their book incorporates a thoughtful sociology of the current Asatru groups, as well as advice and help for the solitary practitioner of the faith. One misses the doom-laden battles of the sagas, but some neopagan readers will find this of great assistance. For libraries where demand warrants.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738714677
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/8/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 364,370
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce and River have taught Paganism classes throughout the past decade. They have planned and organized local and national Pagan gatherings, written articles for Pagan publications, appeared on radio and television broadcasts, spoken at Christian and Unitarian churches, and attended interfaith councils. They also helped found the Council for Alternative Spiritual Traditions, which hosts public Pagan and alternative events in the Midwest.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Part I The Outer Landscape

1 Interspirituality and Blended Paths 3

2 An Overview of Paganism 15

3 An Overview of Christianity 33

4 Mystery Religions and Christianity 57

5 Monotheism and the Old Testament 89

Part II The Inner Landscape

6 Personal Development 121

7 Faith Development 137

8 Concept Development 159

Part III The Living Landscape

9 Finding Christo Pagans 183

10 Getting Acquainted 187

11 The Journey Continues 203

12 What Do You Call Your Path? 217

13 Holidays and Liturgies 225

14 Contradictions 235

15 God and Jesus 243

16 Ethics and Sin 251

17 Family and Friends 257

18 Discussions about Spirituality 263

19 The Future 269

Victoria's Poem 275

Endnotes 277

Bibliography 297

Index 303

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2011

    Great Book

    This was a great book, easily read, organized contents, and also offers questions and options for spiritual growth throughout the course of reading.

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