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« Topic Start: March 20, 2007, 10:51:43 pm »

Hello,

I stumbled upon this forum and wanted to ask a few questions.

Do all Pagans believe in God?

Are Pagans those that focus on the elements?

Thanks for any discussion.
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« Reply #1: March 20, 2007, 10:55:57 pm »

I stumbled upon this forum and wanted to ask a few questions.

Welcome to The Cauldron!

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Do all Pagans believe in God?

Depends on which God. There are many different Pagan religions each of which may follow different deities. The vast majority of the time, however, none of these deities is the JCI God (that is, the God of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims).

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Are Pagans those that focus on the elements?

Some Pagan religions do, others don't.
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« Reply #2: March 20, 2007, 11:16:34 pm »

Thanks for the welcome and the reply RandallS.  I have been skimming the site and found that Pagan is a hard term to define.

I tend to not believe in God or Gods.  I do, however, believe in a spiritual side of life. 

Are there flavors of Paganism that build on top of that?



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« Reply #3: March 20, 2007, 11:31:37 pm »

Are there flavors of Paganism that build on top of that?

Look hard enough an you will probably find several to look at.
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« Reply #4: March 20, 2007, 11:40:54 pm »

Look hard enough an you will probably find several to look at.

Will do, thanks.
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« Reply #5: March 21, 2007, 06:30:03 am »

Hello,

I stumbled upon this forum and wanted to ask a few questions.

Do all Pagans believe in God?

Are Pagans those that focus on the elements?

Thanks for any discussion.

Welcome to the Cauldron!

and I'm going to agree with Randall.  You can probably find Pagans that believe something similar to what you're looking for.

and if not, hey, there's always room for another Pagan religion of your own! Smiley
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« Reply #6: March 21, 2007, 07:00:58 am »

I stumbled upon this forum and wanted to ask a few questions.

Welcome to the Cauldron!
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« Reply #7: March 21, 2007, 09:49:42 am »

there's always room for another Pagan religion of your own! Smiley

Thanks HeartShadow, this is actually an interesting comment.  I assume since Paganism is such a broad word, that under that umbrella you can "find your own way" so to speak.  That is appealing. 

But I could also see how it might lend itself to problems.

Are there any "foundations" of Paganism, except to define that it is not one of the Abrahamic, Eastern or Indian faiths?
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« Reply #8: March 21, 2007, 09:54:35 am »

Are there any "foundations" of Paganism, except to define that it is not one of the Abrahamic, Eastern or Indian faiths?

Its not even that well defined.

The boards accepted definition runs "Any religion that is not Judaic, Christian or Islamic, who's participants self identify as Pagan"

Shadow is Literally writing her own religion, with occasional help from her minions (myself and Ocelot) and there are others on this board writing or cutting their own paths.
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« Reply #9: March 21, 2007, 09:57:09 am »

Are there any "foundations" of Paganism, except to define that it is not one of the Abrahamic, Eastern or Indian faiths?

Individual religions (or sometimes families of religions) under the Pagan umbrella have foundations, sure.  But "Paganism" is such a very broad term that there isn't really a single set of foundations it rests on.  Continuing with the foundation metaphor, think of it as an entire village instead of a single house.  Wink
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« Reply #10: March 21, 2007, 10:08:36 am »

So if I understand correctly, Wicca would fall under the Pagan umbrella as well, right?
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« Reply #11: March 21, 2007, 10:11:15 am »

So if I understand correctly, Wicca would fall under the Pagan umbrella as well, right?

Dead front and center.
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« Reply #12: March 21, 2007, 10:13:17 am »

So if I understand correctly, Wicca would fall under the Pagan umbrella as well, right?

*nods*  It's probably the Pagan religion most people are most aware of.

Have you seen our Pagan Primer?  It might help some...
http://www.ecauldron.com/newpagan.php
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« Reply #13: March 21, 2007, 09:43:40 pm »

Ok, a little more refined question.

Within Wiccan philosophy, there are those that tend to focus on different things, some are Earthy, some are more New Age, some more into Magic... etc.

Do each of these have a general category within them, a name for instance, or are they just lumped into the same cauldron (I couldn't resist!) and called Wiccan?
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« Reply #14: March 21, 2007, 10:59:01 pm »

Within Wiccan philosophy, there are those that tend to focus on different things, some are Earthy, some are more New Age, some more into Magic... etc.

Do each of these have a general category within them, a name for instance, or are they just lumped into the same cauldron (I couldn't resist!) and called Wiccan?

I believe you are asking about traditions of Wicca?
Yes most of them are lumped together and considered of the same religion, although if you follow a very eclectic fringe tradition, a Gardnerian or Alexandrian might not consider you Wiccan anymore.

I think there are some articles in the Cauldron Library that would cover the differences better than I know.
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