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Author Topic: Future Development of Paganism - Seeking & being raised Pagan  (Read 5628 times)
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« Reply #7: March 03, 2009, 05:42:33 pm »

I wonder if this would change slightly in the next few decades. Do you think there will be more Pagans, more acceptance of Paganism and thus more people raised Pagan? If more people are raised Pagan, do you think Paganism will still contain this element of personal quest or will it become normal that Pagans are just born into their paths?

I'm not a Pagan parent, but those Pagans that I know that have kids aren't really "raising" their kids in their religion.  I don't know how widespread an attitude this is, but the parents that I know expose their kids to their particular tradition of Paganism but they prefer to allow them the freedom to choose their spiritual path as adults.  For example, some close friends have two elementary age children that they take to Pagan events and allow to be present for some rituals, but they aren't really teaching them the religion in any organized way.  I'm sure the kids are picking things up, but that's very different then say, being sent to catechism class in a Catholic church.

For those that are raised Pagan I think the likelihood of them retaining the faith of their parents will vary from person to person.  But if current trends continue I think the overall number of Pagans will probably increase over time.  That also raises the question of what the various forms of Paganism will look like if that happens however....
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