Originally posted on The Allergic Pagan:
Over at The Wild Hunt, Brendan Myers has posted a guest article about whether Humanist Paganism is on the rise. It has stirred up some controversy in the comments section.
Old Gods and New Orthodoxy
What was most interesting to me were the comments of several polytheists that Paganism and atheism are incompatible because Paganism is necessarily theistic. “Raksha”, for example, argued that being atheist is “okay”, but it is disingenuous to call oneself Pagan also, because Paganism is the worship of “the Old Gods”:
In our current society, “Pagan” refers to a variety of religions that worship the Old Gods in some manner or another. […] claiming that NOW it doesn’t primarily mean “worships the Old Gods” is disingenuous. It doesn’t matter how much you like the pageantry or holidays or the general outlook on the world, if you don’t believe in the Gods in some form…
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