Sunday, 19 November 2006

Neo-Paganism

There are few things quite as futile, and yet tragic, as the modern attempt to revive the old pagan mythologies. I refer, of course, to the modern Pagans or Wiccans or whatever preferred designation is chosen. I find fault less with their attempts at building spirituality anew, than with their blinkered view of the old religions that ended decisively with the Advent of Christ. One can hardly come to any other conclusion, for the gods and their adherents seemed to grow old and tired the closer it came to the time of the Virgin Birth. Little wonder, for that Child, the Eternal Word, would consummate and bring to an end all the half-truths and glimpses mankind had gathered in the twilight before the Dawn came.

Also, these neo-pagans seem to forget two things about the pagan faiths. The first is that their beauty also includes much that is grotesque. An example, one can wax beautifully about the druids, hidden and mysterious among the trees, worshipping the Moon Goddess ... but one cannot forget that they also practiced human sacrifice. If the neo-pagans were truly attempting to return to the Old Ways in truth, they should be honest and face up to the darkness as well as the twilights of the pagan mythologies. The second is that the old gods were not universal, and remained in a real sense local and had their territories and patronages. A universal deity was simply not conceivable on any large scale, and pantheons differed from region to region. At most there were identifications between gods of different cultures or religions when these mixed.

All these lead me to believe that the modern movement of neo-paganism finds its origin less in revival and more in the dictatorship of relativism that cares little for truth and much for the comfort of the individual.

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