Pagans & Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2001 - Всего страниц: 242
Although Christianity is still a major religious force, there are growing numbers of people in other faiths, including the various Pagan traditions. Some Christians have responded to this trend with fear and derision, while some Pagans have reacted to that fear with anger and mistrust.

Much of the problem is due to misunderstandings and lack of communication. This can change with Gus diZerega's Pagans & Christians. Here you will find a penetrating and illuminating comparison, showing that neither path has the single correct approach to the Divine. Rather, either or both can be authentic and legitimate expressions of the appreciation of the Ultimate Source of All.

Pagans & Christians is an ideal way to help bridge what at time seems a wide chasm between Christian and Pagan beliefs. By sharing core ideas of both paths, this book provides a way to give deeper mutual understanding and unity among the religions of the world.

Although Pagans & Christians accepts both paths as valid, the book provides a more in-depth explanation of Paganism ó the minority religion because in some ways, Paganism demands a greater defense and explanation of its beliefs and ideas to dispel misunderstandings. The author is a Third Degree Gardenerian Elder and in Pagans & Christians has presented nothing less than a brilliant defense of Paganism, clearly showing how it should stand beside all of the major religions of the world as an equal. As part of this defense, diZerega gives a listing of biblical contradictions and Christian philosophical difficulties which can help any Pagan responding to a negative attack, and will help any Christian to view his or her religion as a way, not the way.

Winner of the 2001 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for Best Non-fiction Book

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Submitted by Salient Many Practitioners of the Occult tend to favor 'Paganism', a religion of many Gods and Goddesses, especially Nature. However, there are a few who are also Christians, who also ... Читать весь отзыв

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I am Christian by background (and profession, actually) and I found this to be a great bridge. I tend to be predisposed to paganism, being a somewhat alternative Christian, and I loved his story, and his respect for both faiths. He does not take cheap shots. Читать весь отзыв

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The World of Spirit
3
Spirit and Humanity in Pagan Religion
35
What Is Wiccan Paganism?
51
Suffering and Evil in the Material World
87
Malice Suffering and Evil
117
Biblical Inerrancy and Scriptural Authority
133
Spiritual Truth and Human Experience
149
Spirit and Nature
173
Toleration and Violence
191
Spiritual Truth for Christians and Pagans
211
Bibliography
233
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Gus Dizerega (Washington) is a Third-Degree Gardnerian Elder. He spent six years studying with Brazilian shaman Antonio Costa e Silva, and with other teachers in Native American and Afro-Brazilian traditions. With a PhD in Political Science/Theory from the University of California-Berkeley, he has spent the past sixteen years in the academic field, teaching on the faculties of several universities and colleges. He is a frequent conference lecturer, panelist, or speaker and writer on topics such as environmental issues, community and society, contemporary politics, modernity, and religion.

As an author of both scholarly and spiritual material, his articles have appeared in numerous publications, both in the US and abroad. His first book, Persuasion, Power and Policy: A Theory of Democratic Self-Organization, was published in 2000 by Hampton Press.

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