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).