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THEO 301 (Sp '18) T11 - Paganism and Neopaganism
Transcript of THEO 301 (Sp '18) T11 - Paganism and Neopaganism
Four Existential Questions
and justice and the problem of
to decide and the problem of the
in this life and the problem of
and the problem of
is related to ancestors, demons, witches, local gods, magic and astrology
- health in Scripture
In order to guarantee success,
God speaks to humans in:
Why is there injustice and why am I wronged?
It is not enough to say that this will never happen to Christ followers
We need to have a
of sin and holiness, of purity and pollution.
Local churches should be
model a biblical response
God can use
suffering for good
We are called to
sufferings of Christ
of the human story is not suffering, but
The church is to
speak out against
Choose a belief system ("toolbox") to explain it
Diagnose the cause using this system
Select a remedy and apply it
to the people
in crisis (! magic !)
- a theology of suffering
trinitarian view of God
seek hidden knowledge
from gods, spirits, and ancestors
Two general principles of divine guidance
God opens and closes doors through circumstances
- his word
All Christ followers need to learn to dependent on God
- community of faith
Four Existential Questions*
real questions about death
A Christian response:
- Why and why now?
- How will this affect
me and my family?
- new meaning in death
loved ones meet
meaning is given to life through
A Christian response:
- personal stories,
- group stories,
- and cosmic drama
- show them how
their lives are
God's cosmic story
A Christian response:
In Christ we have a . . .
- in becoming,
- in belonging,
- in having a home,
- in doing and
view of possessions
- in being,
over death and the
You want to become successful.
How can you achieve this?
Hard work and careful planning
Visit the Hozenji temple for business success
How do you respond to someone who likes to read his/her horoscope?
as people grow in faith)
about divine guidance
Humans must guess God's will.
God's will is one option among many.
God has only one perfect plan for his children.
A magical approach to divine guidance.
God makes all decisions for his children.
Why did someone die/live (e.g., following a sickness or accident)?
What is the cause for well-being or misfortune (e.g., wealth,
barrenness, crop failure)?
How do I obtain guidance for an uncertain future (e.g., traveling, marriage, business decisions)?
Where do I find justice/protection amid evil (e.g., protection from
the evil eye)?
*Adapted from Hiebert, Shaw, and Tiénou,
Understanding Folk Religions
Neo Paganism is based on what is assumed to be ancient, indigenous religions, but modern day Wicca is dated as beginning in 1959.
I adopted this part of the lesson from Handout 3: Neo-Paganism and Wicca Fact Sheet in "Unitarian Universalist Association", accessed April 1, 2018 at https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/bridges/workshop21/184406.shtml and from "The Sources of Unitarian Universalism," accessed April 2, 2018 at https://www.uuworld.org/articles/the-sources-unitarian-universalism
Paganism and Neopaganism
Various, depending upon
Varies. Some are non-
hierarchical; others have
priests/priestesses or other
Wheel of the Year
Many symbols, depending upon branch
Celtic tree of life
Eye of Horus
The Green Man
Magic or magick:
the art/science of psychically control the energy of the universe toward a specific goal
Terms and Fundamental Precepts
the Goddess exists as Maiden, Mother, and Crone
modern Neo-Pagan religion based upon the beliefs of the ancient Celts
worshipping more than one god and/or goddess
- Sixth Source
Shared with Unitarian Universalism:
- Seventh Principle, and a
determination to stay
connected to and
- A belief that there are
many paths to the divine
- A belief in gender equality
Singing the Living
Sixth Source - Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. (UU World; https://www.uuworld.org/articles/the-sources-unitarian-universalism
(Readings and Hymns about the seasons, solstices, equinoxes, and other Pagan traditions)
Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England