Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. v

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Preface

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pp. vii-x

Witches and neopagans are increasingly becoming fixtures on American campuses, especially the contemporary liberal university alleged to foster “destructive experimentation with personal identity.” The associate provost of Boston University, Peter Wood, for example, does not find neopagans particularly dangerous but simply confused, deluded, frivolous, and devoid of intellectual seriousness. “Little inanities that once would ...

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Pagan Theology Introduction

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pp. xi-7

I believe in the supernatural, but I cannot demonstrate its existence. It is, by definition, beyond the empirical dimension of factual truths. Thomas Aquinas coined the term to refer to what is thought to be privileged above the agency and laws of nature, but I prefer the term preternatural as encompassing whatever is other than the ordinary, explicable, and ...

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1. Paganism as Religion

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pp. 8-65

The difficulty in comprehending paganism as a world religion was made clear on the Nature Religions electronic discussion list after its participants failed to achieve official recognition in the American Academy of Religion. Part of the ensuing debate involved whether any future bid ought to be made again in the name of nature religion(s) or that of ...

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2. Paganism as Behavior

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pp. 66-156

The Hawaiian heiau, or indigenous pre-Christian temple, is usually a dry-stone rectangular structure. Its enclosing wall is low, and there is no roof. In essence, the surrounding wall is one of demarcation only. These are venerable enclosures, however, dating to precolonial times. Nevertheless, even today visitors find inside the heiau’s walls stones piled on top of one another, usually three high but perhaps as many as six, with ...

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3. Paganism as Theology

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pp. 157-168

In the development of a more complete and accurate understanding of what constitutes paganism, along with understanding paganism as religion and understanding paganism as cultic behavior, we must also understand paganism as a theological ideal type. But because of its peculiar nature when compared with other world religions, what is most appropriate to paganism is poly- and ad hoc ...

Notes

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pp. 169-205

References

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pp. 207-227

Index

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pp. 229-238

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About the Author

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p. 239

Michael York is principal lecturer for the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa University College. He is director of the Bath Archive for Contemporary Religious Affairs, as well as codirector of the Academy for Cultural and Educational Studies ...