Paganism : An Introduction to Earth-centered Religions Paperback
If you want to study Paganism in more detail, this book is the place to start.
Based on a course in Paganism that the authors have taught for more than a decade, it is full of exercises, meditations, and discussion questions for group or individual study.
PAGANISM presents the basic fundamentals: what Pagans are like; how the Pagan sacred year is arranged; what Pagans do in ritual; what magic is; what Pagans believe about God, worship, human nature, and ethics.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.
- Publication Date: 08/07/2002
- Category: Ancient religions & mythologies
- ISBN: 9780738702223
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Review by earthlistener
I found this book to be very informative and straightforward, and I don't think this book gets the attention it deserves really. This book is definitely not another 'how-to' pagan book and is instead an explanation into beliefs and mechanics of earth-centered spirituality. This book also addresses the differences between and within paganism and other beliefs, namely Satanism. The book does not just say the facts, it also goes into depth and detail on them. The book offers models, exercises, exploratory questions, and meditations that can help a person reading find there own beliefs and spirituality rather the just copy and paste what they‘ve read from any book.
Review by Hamburgerclan
This book is an intro to Paganism, geared towards those seekers who might be wanting to give one of the various practices a try. It's clearly written and well laid out. So well laid out, in fact, that I was able to see right away in the first chapter that I disagreed with paganism's two main themes. I didn't let that stop me from reading the rest of the book, of course. As a Christian, I found the experience to be interesting and, at times, irritating. Given the diversity in paganism, the Higginbothams had to be somewhat generic in their explanations. Even so, I was able to see the differing world view and could better understand the logic behind some pagan practices I had heard of or encountered in the past. The irritating parts were when they tried to touch on Christianity. Their tone is very polite and clement, but I got the sense that they have no use for it. They raised some good points, but there were also times when they were describing a religion other than my own. All in all, I sometimes felt like I was on the receiving end of a sales pitch. (<i>Just toss out that old Christian doctrine and replace them with some bright, new, shiny pagan beliefs!</i>)Now the question is, how do I rate this book? In the past, I've up-rated some dreck because the book happened to mention that Jesus loves you. In this case, I have a well written book with a message I find quite disagreeable. I guess I'll be nice and tell you to check it out, with the understanding that, should you start to find paganism appealing, you contact me and let me tell you all the arguments I have with this book.--J.