Essays in Contemporary Paganism


Editor: Trevor Greenfield

Publisher: Moon Books

Published: 2013

Synopsis: In this absorbing anthology twelve Pagan writers from across the globe offer a unique perspective on Paganism today in both its theoretical and practical aspects. Each writer began with a blank canvas, other than their essay must reflect a contemporary theme. In turn the essays are philosophical, practical, personal and reflective, with issues ranging from parenting to polytheism, from being a Pagan in London to the sacred landscapes of Australia, from mysticism to the World Wide Web. In their breadth these essays reflect a concern with living in a modern world, with modern technology and with understanding oneself within a tradition that is evolving and adapting to meet the needs of its adherents whilst staying true to its fundamental principles.

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Review: I don’t usually read books on general Paganism anymore, but two of my friends had essays in this anthology and to support them I decided to go ahead and get it. I’m very glad I did. 

The essays are not long, the whole book took me 1.5 hours to read but the snapshots I got about paganism in Canada, and London were very interesting. The essay about raising a potentially Pagan child was very well written and thought out, the one on polytheist psychology is something to chew on, and ending the book with After Paganism was a great idea. Of course I had my favourites among the essays, like the essays on Reconstructionist Druidism and  Polytheist psychology but that was because the subjects were near to my special interest.

I can’t say that I agree with every word in these essays, and there were moments when I rolled my eyes lol, but those were few and far between.

1. Evolving the Spirit – 3.75/5

2. Connecting the Past and Future: Modern Reconstructionist Druidism – 4/5

3. A Modern Celt: The Tuatha De Danaan in the Twenty-First Century – 3/5

4. Listening to the Land I walk on – 4/5

5. Parenting a Potentially Pagan Child – 4/5

6. The Way of the Web: A Case Study in online Pagan Experience – 3.75/5

7. A Week in Pagan London – 4.5/5

8. A Very Modern King Arthur – 3.75/5

9. Canadian Paganism: Turn and Face North! 4.5/5

10. Eclectic Mystic – 3/5

11. Towards a Polytheist Psychology – 4/5

12. After Paganism – 4/5

I’d very much recommend this book!

 

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3 thoughts on “Essays in Contemporary Paganism

  1. Nice, thanks for this review! I actually have a vignette submitted for Trevor’s other project, Paganism 101. Hope you also have an opportunity to see that! I have a few other Moon Books titles too, and so far I am enjoying them!

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