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Author Topic: Which Pagan religions are NOT nature-earth based?  (Read 20194 times)
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« Reply #9: May 01, 2008, 01:51:19 pm »

One definition of the difference between the nature-based and non-nature-based religions was over on Religious Tolerance (can't remember why I was there, but it wasn't for this) and they had it that nature-based religions (like Wicca) focused on nature while non-earth-based focused on the gods themselves.

That's not exactly the way they had it, but it's close.

See, and that's one of the many reasons why I think RT is a seriously problematic site.  If you define it that way, you wind up with a situation where almost *nobody* is "nature-based," and the term loses all meaning.  "Nature-based" vs. "non-nature-based" can be really useful distinctions, when they're about organizing principles, mythos, structural logic, imagery, etc.  But defining it that way is just silly, and not even accurate for Wicca.   Wicca, in modern Paganism, is almost always the freaking yardstick by which we *define* "nature-based," and so it's counter-productive to invent a definition where even *Wiccans* can't define themselves as such!
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