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Author Topic: Terms for the UK Census  (Read 8795 times)
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« Topic Start: February 22, 2011, 03:39:33 pm »

I accidentally spent 4 on the Kindred Spirit magazine. I do that every year or so.

This issue there was a brief article on the upcoming UK census, written by author William Bloom. I have no idea of his work, maybe some of you do. The argument of the article is for the non-denominational-but-spiritually-aware to list themselves as 'Holistic' in the religion gap of the census.

Mods, please remove if my quoting is too excessive to fall under Fair Use.
'people genuinely do not know what word best describes their beliefs or approach to spirituality.'
'Holistic means everything is connected and interdependent'
'This will then, for example, support all those ... who are ready to present spirituality in a more modern and relevant way.'

Introducing an already established umbrella-term as an alternative to sef-identifying with the term 'Pagan' (particularly for those who are less... deity-focused, if you'll excuse my ambiguity) - pros and cons?

On the face of it, IMO, umbrella-terms and preconceptions are not going to go away yet, so I don't mind courting them where necessary. 'Holistic' could be a viable umbrella-term for beliefs and approaches that don't tie in inherently with a religious worldview, for those who have 'pagan' spiritual leanings but not the structure and definition of a pagan religion.

UK readers - admittedly this is just a one-page article in a glossy rag, but do you predict that 'Pagan'/'Holistic' will get a good showing on the census this decade, or will we all write 'Jedi' again?

I don't mean to start a cyclical rehash of the pros and cons of umbrella definitions, rather the viability of a distinction between 'pagan' spirituality and pagan religions. Would the hassle in pushing a new definition be worth the potential benefits?

Off-topic from same mag:
I don't want to have to read this in a book review:
'An academic of huge integrity ... keen to distance herself from the waffly, New Age mumbo jumbo ... she sweeps away the doctrine, hang-ups and patriarchy of religion to the former magical, animistic Matriarchy.'

Life being short on laughs, I decided to wear a pentacle.

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