I cannot believe in the literal interpretation of deity: creator gods, sky wizards, beardly old men sitting on thrones. None of that.

What I can believe in is pantheism. If anything is holy, it’s the matter and energy that composes us and has serendipitously given us everything. It’s our bodies, our homes, our Earth, our solar system, our universe.

I have recently become fond of the use of pantheons to personify the various components of life. Take Agni, the god of fire for example. Reverence of Agni would signify reverence of that which he represents: fire, energy, and subsequently life, not some etheric being who actually gives fire. I do not believe that there *is* such an etheric being, deity, or god, but I do believe that this is a good use of personification to embody pantheistic elements worthy of reverence.

On top of that, I feel very spiritual when practicing yoga and meditation. I enjoy and revere the natural world and wouldn’t be opposed to ritual if I could ever find ritual which spoke to me.

What do I sound like to you? I’ve looked (briefly) into some neopagan religions, it seems that a lot of superstitious mumbo-jumbo, like divination, magic and literal belief in deity permeates these paths, and that’s something of a turn off. If I’m wrong about these assumptions, please redirect me to readings that may show otherwise. I admit my search has been cursory.

No proselytizing from Abrahamic religions, please. I know for a fact that your religion is not for me.
Bob: I made no claims to personal merit or fault. Like anyone else, I have many of both, but none of them are in my question.

I simply laid forth what I believe and what I do not believe. My question was, based on these beliefs and disbeliefs, what religion would most suit me?
Ex Pro: Pass judgment much?

You are mixing and matching definitions of deity. Sure, maybe animists think that rocks, trees and mountains are literal gods, but I am not an animist and I do not believe in literal interpretations of deity.

Sure, I think that everything is holy, and that the broad metaphor of deity is inseparable from the physical world… but I do not claim to be a god. I do not think anyone or anything is a god.

Let me say this again: I do not believe in god(s).

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  • I stumbled onto the same path a couple years ago, and so far I haven’t really found any real precedent for it. Which is sad, because it feels really whole and satisfying without really taking you out of reality. My friends and I would make rituals and declare some artists saints or deities of fitting portfolios (M.I.A. was the goddess of innocents grappling with social change, Tim Kasher was the god of divorce, our friend became the patron saint of lost children after taking in at least three stranded or homeless strangers.) We didn’t really believe any of these people were divine in and of themselves, but through them we were able to celebrate ideas and feelings; to exult the mundane world rather than trivialize it.

    I codified all this in a couple phrases later, after a lot of us had moved or drifted away: Myths, art stories, urban legends, religion… they’re all the same thing. They allow us to find or create meaning where we wouldn’t normally be able to, giving us the ability to appreciate our lives. A story serves the same function as a sermon, and a gallery, alleyway, and monastery can all be equally sacred ground.

    Spinozan pantheism is sort of like this. It’s worth looking up. So is the book American Gods. The only other things I can think of are, funnily enough, a couple of out-of-print roleplaying games that sort of nudged me to this conclusion. Look up Mage: the Ascension and Changeling: the Dreaming sometime. They’re definitely NOT something to believe in themselves, but the themes and mood are worth looking into.

    Hope this’s helped.

  • Sorry, you are a nutcase. Sorry.

    Pantheism is the first logical consequence of Animism: All the world is divine: A mountain is god, a rock, an animal… you are god!… though you can’t make stars not even atoms, but you are god!… a planet, and even a cockroach is god!… they are the “idols” often mentioned in the Bible.

  • I guess I missed your question. Your question is so full of pompous affirmations about how great you are, that I missed the point.

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