Reasonable Paganism

A Logical Framework for Pagan Belief and Practice

Almost no serious philosophical work exists to support contemporary pagans. Without serious philosophical support, contemporary paganism often looks irrational and unethical. It is therefore vulnerable to exploitation by people with bad agendas. Moreover, although pagans often claim to be religiously inspired by the earth and by nature, they often endorse doctrines that oppose or distort nature.

Reasonable Paganism aims to provide a logical framework for contemporary pagan belief and practice. Since most of our knowledge of paganism comes from the ancient Greeks and Romans, it uses their ideas to build a modern pagan system. But Reasonable Paganism is not affiliated with any current religious sect or political ideology. It rejects ethno-centric paganisms in favor of pagan universalism. It does not seek to return to an imaginary past, but rather to move forward into a brighter future.

Reasonable Paganism is inspired by ancient Platonic and Stoic thought. It takes old Platonic and Stoic theories apart and puts them back together in ways supported by modern knowledge and ethics. Reasonable Paganism is also inspired by those modern pagan movements which develop old Platonic and Stoic paganisms in reasonable ways. It uses the tools of contemporary analytic philosophy to build a rational system for modern pagans.

Reasonable Paganism is supported by modern science. It rejects all supernaturalism and profoundly opposes all woo. It rejects all mind-body dualism and pseudo-science. Its theories and practices are supported by evidence and logical arguments. It rejects the occult, which is just a Christian heresy, and turns instead to nature. It shows how ancient pagan thought and modern scientific rationality can generate spiritually rich ways of thinking and living in our entirely natural world.

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