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« Topic Start: October 23, 2010, 04:31:41 pm »

Title: Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion
Author(s): Michael York
Publisher: NYU Press
Publication Date: April 1, 2005
ISBN: 0814797083
ISBN-13: 978-0814797082
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In Pagan Theology, Michael York situates Paganism—one of the fastest-growing spiritual orientations in the West—as a world religion. He provides an introduction to, and expansion of, the concept of Paganism and provides an overview of Paganism's theological perspective and practice. He demonstrates it to be a viable and distinguishable spiritual perspective found around the world today in such forms as Chinese folk religion, Shinto, tribal religions, and neo-Paganism in the West.

While adherents to many of these traditions do not use the word "pagan" to describe their beliefs or practices, York contends that there is an identifiable position possessing characteristics and understandings in common for which the label "pagan" is appropriate. After outlining these characteristics, he examines many of the world's major religions to explore religious behaviors in other religions which are not themselves pagan, but which have pagan elements. In the course of examining such behavior, York provides rich and lively descriptions of religions in action, including Buddhism and Hinduism.

Pagan Theology claims Paganism's place as a world religion, situating it as a religion, a behavior, and a theology.

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« Reply #1: October 23, 2010, 04:48:59 pm »

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In Pagan Theology, Michael York situates Paganism—one of the fastest-growing spiritual orientations in the West—as a world religion. He provides an introduction to, and expansion of, the concept of Paganism and provides an overview of Paganism's theological perspective and practice. He demonstrates it to be a viable and distinguishable spiritual perspective found around the world today in such forms as Chinese folk religion, Shinto, tribal religions, and neo-Paganism in the West.

While adherents to many of these traditions do not use the word "pagan" to describe their beliefs or practices, York contends that there is an identifiable position possessing characteristics and understandings in common for which the label "pagan" is appropriate. After outlining these characteristics, he examines many of the world's major religions to explore religious behaviors in other religions which are not themselves pagan, but which have pagan elements. In the course of examining such behavior, York provides rich and lively descriptions of religions in action, including Buddhism and Hinduism.

Pagan Theology claims Paganism's place as a world religion, situating it as a religion, a behavior, and a theology.

Why does the language used in this summery making my "someone who is probably going to shove me in a Neo-Wiccan box" alarms go off?
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« Reply #2: October 23, 2010, 06:37:40 pm »

Why does the language used in this summery making my "someone who is probably going to shove me in a Neo-Wiccan box" alarms go off?

From the reviews posted at amazon.com, that doesn't seem to be the case.
http://www.amazon.com/Pagan-Theology-Paganism-World-Religion/dp/0814797083/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1287872746&sr=8-1
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« Reply #3: October 24, 2010, 03:17:58 am »

Why does the language used in this summery making my "someone who is probably going to shove me in a Neo-Wiccan box" alarms go off?

Not Neo-Wiccan, really.  York is much more on the "everything is tied to Hinduism" train, and tries to argue, unsuccessfully, that Paganisms (historical and contemporary) are like Hinduism and other indigenous religions -- nature-based, immanent, etc., etc., etc.  He's quite wrong.  Michael Strmiska, IIRC, has strongly criticized his work for being reductive and colonialist.
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« Reply #4: October 24, 2010, 04:29:26 am »

He's quite wrong.  Michael Strmiska, IIRC, has strongly criticized his work for being reductive and colonialist.

So, you wouldn't recommend this book, then?  Wink
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