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New Age vs. Paganism

Discussion in 'Seekers Circle' started by VenatorAnima, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. VenatorAnima

    VenatorAnima Member

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    I have heard Paganism called a "new age religion"...
    but on here, they are split into different categories.
    so what are the differences between the two? :confused:
     
  2. sunsplash

    sunsplash Freckled

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    Since I know very little about them here are there board descriptions:

    New Age Overview

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    Paganism Overview

    I think the jist of it is (and I'm very ignorant of them for the most part) that New Age is more of a blend of philosophy and mysticism while Paganism incorporates deism or theism as well. It's probably more respectful to not blanket a simple definition over either since each practitioner will identify themselves in a unique way, just like not all Christians believe Christ was G-d. Stereotypes don't help anyone, lol.

    I'd go over to their DIR's and ask more questions :)
     
  3. Storm

    Storm ThrUU the Looking Glass

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    I'm a bit biased, but I tend to equate "New Age" with a blend of pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo and a theological "whatever works for you" attitude. There's nothing wrong with the latter, but the former is off-putting to me.

    ETA: Paganism, otoh is a collection of actual religions with coherent, however diverse, theologies.
     
  4. Erebus

    Erebus Well-Known Member

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    Both New Age and Paganism are quite diverse and tend towards individualism. As a general rule, New Age is quite "Hippy" in nature with a tendency towards a feel-good attitude to life. Paganism on the other hand is usually a modernised version of ancient religion and practice.
    There is a crossover of course (21st century Wicca being one of the main crossovers in many ways) but a lot of Pagans tend to see New Age as being too airy fairy and overly optimistic.
     
  5. Libra

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    Do Pagans use the Zodiac at all.
     
  6. Donn Cuailnge

    Donn Cuailnge Member

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    Some do. I don't.
     
  7. Gloone

    Gloone Well-Known Member

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    I think New age is a spiritual path for the undecided. Those that don't follow any certain religion an choose to study all of them and understand them for what they are.
     
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