Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-centered Religions

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If you would like to study Paganism in more detail, this book is the place to start. Based on a course in Paganism that the authors have taught for more than a decade, it is full of exercises, meditations, and discussion questions for group or individual study. PAGANISM presents the basic fundamentals: what Pagans are like; how the Pagan sacred year is arranged; what Pagans do in ritual; what magic is; what Pagans believe about God, worship, human nature, and ethics.

About the Author

Joyce and River have taught Paganism classes throughout the past decade. They have planned and organized local and national Pagan gatherings, written articles for Pagan publications, appeared on radio and television broadcasts, spoken at Christian and Unitarian churches, and attended interfaith councils. They also helped found the Council for Alternative Spiritual Traditions, which hosts public Pagan and alternative events in the Midwest.


If, like me, you are a “seeker” – BUY IT! The way the subject is treated is excellent. There’s no preaching, no “you should do this” or “that is wrong”. Everything is laid out for you to take or leave as you like. There are lots of things to try – thinking exercises, doing exercises, and much to stretch your mind and understanding.

I loved it and it changed my life. Do I call myself a Pagan after reading? No. But am I happier and more at peace than I’ve been at any time in my life? Absolutely!

I found this very basic, I know it’s an introduction but I was expecting more depth and content. It’s also heavily American biased and as a Northern Celtic Pagan, it missed the mark for me. I’ve passed it on to my daughter to help her explore the path but definitely wasn’t worth it for me. If you know nothing then it might be good but it certainly doesn’t expand existing knowledge or offer any more insight for a practicing Pagan.

I must have read at least 10 books on paganism (there arent many!) and have found them all to be so waffly, vague and lacking in REAL information someone can actually use. This however is pretty good really there is a few meditation-type excercises you can do (or not do!), but there are very interesting deep subject matters in easy to find sections such as “what pagans do and when they do it” and “principles of paganism”. There is more than enough for a begginer to find out about the basics, the ethics, the festivals ect but there is also some more “flowery” subjects for those pagans who may wish to be a bit more “out there” as opposed to me who likes to quietly practice the religion. Its a book that you can really pick through and take from it what you will.