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Pagan priests and priestesses often receive training in such things as ritual, raising and grounding energy, experiencing the ecstatic, and opening to the sacred aspects of nature-subjects not ordinarily found in the curricula of mainstream seminaries.
But the breadth and depth of instruction can vary enormously from one tradition to another. Training usually takes place through an apprenticeship, which can last from a few brief meetings to study over several years, and then initiation.
Rarely, however do Pagan priests and priestesses undergo any formal training in theology, comparative religion, counseling or group dynamics, and almost never within the context of an accredited educational institution. They feel we should begin to meet the standards to which mainstream clergy are subject-that those very standards test the commitment and suitability of potential clergy, and give them the necessary training and credentials to serve a growing Pagan laity.
On the other hand, the very lack of a commonly held dogma and hierarchical structure has attracted many people to Paganism. Furthermore, many Pagans dislike the idea of highly structured, academic training.
Such training is often limited to those able to take the time and pay the exorbitant costs of education.
We asked our panel members to comment on these different points of view and to share their own. He is cunningman of the Glenshire witches and director of the EarthSpirit Community, a nationally based non-profit pagan service organization.
She is a witch in the great tradition of her grandmothers. That is, she pays attention to what works and she makes the rest up as she goes along. She is a computer programmer and freelance writer, with poems and essays published in a variety of primarily feministic journals over the years.
His educational focus is on ritual in general and initiation in particular. Magic is the art of changing consciousness in accordance with will.
In starlight vision, we may find the little winding trail among the trees, between the roads. Then, with Craft and care, we can again refuse unreal limits. The debate is about our priesthood.
We now realize how helpful it would be to us if our clergy knew how to do some of the things Christian and Jewish clergy routinely do. Our envy is real, but so is our fear that to gain what our neighbors have, we would have to trade off our own most unique and precious ways.
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It advocated a return to the traditions of the salaf, who are the first. ”Mandatory Monotheism and Some Problems of Religious Freedom in Bali. It existed in some form by the eleventh century.
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The philosophical investigation of the nature and grounds of religious beliefs is one of the oldest and most persistent areas of philosophical endeavor.
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Monotheism vs. Polytheism Different religions exist because not everyone has the same spiritual needs or responds best to the same style of worship. Monotheism, the worship of one deity (regardbouddhiste.com), appeals to one type of person, whereas polytheism, the worship of many deities (regardbouddhiste.com), appeals to .
It is a tenet of Western history that the religious culture evolved from polytheism to monotheism. The evidence for the antiquity of polytheism is obvious; the early .