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Well, why not both?

Screenshot of the title shot for "The Middle" TV show. “Jön Upsal’s Garden” put out a challenging question:

 

“… anyone who identifies as a pagan atheist, or humanistic pagan, or religious humanism, or whatever the heck they call themselves. Why do you include the word “pagan” in your self-identification?”

 

The post was mostly directed at The Allergic Pagan, who responded quite eloquently here, and another powerful response has already been put out by Nature is Sacred, but I thought it was an interesting question to engage with as someone from the middle.

 

Despite my skepticism, slippery beliefs, and uncertain faith, I am deeply committed to my identity as a Pagan. To me, it brings together things I can’t find together any where else:

 

That I get a shiver of awe when seeing a sky full of stars and when I learned in Geology 101 that we are all made of stardust.

 

That I can feel deeply reverent while learning about the oldest living organisms and while chanting with my community around a candlelit altar.

 

That I can find deep connection with Pagans who may be polytheists, animists, pantheists, atheists, or something else, because we can all share sacred space, and that I can debate and dissect the very basics of religion with those same people after because we share a Pagan tent that’s very large and very diverse.

 

That we’re a dynamic religion where experimentation is encouraged, but where we also have traditions and elders to guide us.

 

That I can change my spirituality to fit new scientific information and that I can create myths and beautiful rituals out of facts.

 

I love being a part of a religion – of a community – that includes both atheists and polytheists and that lets me be in the middle.

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4 Responses to Well, why not both?

  1. Pingback:Well, why not both? | We're Made of Mud and Magic
  2. Pingback:Not all Humanists are Assholes | Son of Hel
  3. allergicpagan says:

    May I republish this at HumanisticPaganism.com next month?

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