Secular paganism is a form of Neopaganism in which the worshiper accepts pagan teachings, but rejects the belief in any deities. Secular pagans prefer to view gods and goddesses as metaphors for different events in the human life, rather than literal deities that created earth. Instead they focus on the positive teachings such as respect for all living creatures and the earth itself.
Secular paganism is not contingent in the belief or non belief in god, but rather interpret the ancient deities as metaphors, such as the green man representing the coming of spring etc. Secular pagans have a reverence for nature, animals and the environment. Secular pagans can be pantheists, panentheists, deists, atheists, agnostics, humanists, and religious naturalists. Reverence for nature, observation of the pagan calendar & the interpretation of the ancient deities as metaphors of nature are common denominators among secular pagans.
There are 15 Guiding Principles of Secular Paganism according to Abby Willowroot.
Ethical behavior does not require a religion
All living things have a unique spirit or soul
The equality of genders, races, and all humans
Care must be taken in using Nature's resources
All Earth's life is connected and inter-dependant
The Gaia Principle is an important, basic, truth
The cycles of Nature teach us what is important
Balance must be maintained for all life to flourish
Our health depends on the The Environment's health
Our individual actions can and do have consequences
Evolution is an ongoing process that occurs in all species
Birth, living and death are natural cycles shared by all life
Respect for ourselves requires respect for the Earth
All human cultures have value and can teach us
Gods & Goddesses can be seen as metaphors
The 15 Guiding Principles Copyright Abby Willowroot 2009
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