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Author Topic: Earth based v.s other systems  (Read 18279 times)
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« Reply #20: December 31, 2008, 08:40:11 pm »

I guess what I am trying to get at is what is the actual aim of pagan systems considering that all of these systems do appear to consist of precepts, redes, over focus on symbols and maybe deity and the real intent, I assume there is one, seems to become hopelessly obscurred and lost.

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by the "aim" of pagan systems.  Can you clarify?

Are you saying that religion, including the pagan religions you're familiar with, appear to be all about the rituals and trappings, and don't seem to have any spiritual or philosophical meaning?

Or are you looking for a reason for religion that is something other or deeper than devotion and service to deity or a mindset for living one's life?

I believe there are religions that focus on orthopraxy (correct actions) rather than orthodoxy (correct belief), and vice versa.  IOW, in some religions, it doesn't matter so much what you believe, as long as you perform the correct rituals, offerings, etc.  While in other religions, it doesn't matter whether you participate in any religious practices, as long as you hold the correct beliefs.  (I'm sure other people can explain that better than I can.   Undecided )

My particular spirituality, f'ex, is all about the beliefs (especially my belief about my connection with deity), and very little to do with practice.  Other people's paths might be the opposite.

It seems to me, from your posts, that you have mostly experienced what appears to you to be orthopraxic religions, but you're looking for something that focuses on an orthodoxy that you can believe in.

Or is it something else entirely?
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