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If the neopagan are just environmentalists why don’t they call themselves just that?

by carl:

The ancient pagan mindset was quite different from the modern neopagan one and they are do-it-yourself religions with no connection to the ancient ways.

Answer by jim
;A neopagan is some one who practices Neo-Paganim its a religion its witch craft Any of various religious movements arising chiefly in the United Kingdom and the United States in the late 20th century that combine worship of pagan nature deities, particularly of the earth, with benign witchcraft

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You are correct. I suppose that’s where the “Neo” part came in.

But I wouldn’t say that Neo-Pagans are “just” environmentalists. There is far more to it than that. But I do agree that some people seem to have developed the notion that the two are inseparable. I’m just not sure how that came to be!

I am a Pagan. I am an environmentalist. While one may influence the other, neither is causative.

kaplah
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kaplah

Environmentalism to NeoPagans is often a spritual thing, but not always.
Most Ancient Pagans weren’t environmentalists, the bogs in Ireland are a testament to that. But they didn’t have to be then. Their way of life was not threatened by their propensity to chop down trees willy nilly. Nowadays, it’s become an issue, so those who worship an Earthmother Goddess- and not all Pagans do- may (or may not) make environmentalism a religious issue.

And of course, not all environmentalists are Pagan.

witchy
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witchy

I care about the environment but it is not my religion nor is it a part of my religion. My comments only apply to the Celtic culture since that is the only one I am familiar with. Yes, the worldview of the ancient Celts was much different than our current worldview. It would be impossible to go back in time and see things just as they saw things. There are many things in the past that I would like to leave in the past—like slavery, headhunting, animal and human sacrifice, and seeing women as second-class citizens. We study these things… Read more »

EarthAngel
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EarthAngel

If you are a dick-head why don’t you call yourself just that?

Miss. Bliss
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Miss. Bliss

Kind of an ignorant question but I’ll do my best (I assume you would’ve at least tried to google an answer before posting here if you really cared to learn) I’m going to try to be brief because honestly, it isn’t my job to educate you and I don’t believe you care too much on learning about Paganism (I’ve read your other questions) I do hope I’m wrong though and maybe you do keep an open mind. Paganism is an umbrella term much like Christianity. Please do not group them all into Wiccans or Druids or any other offshoot. I… Read more »

pseudosmartie
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pseudosmartie

Because ‘neopagan’ sounds trendier than ‘environmentalist’.

reevorb
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reevorb

C’mon. You know the answer. Foofies are foofies. Pagans are kids (or people who were kids) who read a bunch of Scott Cunningham books and decided the Goddess was cooler than what they knew. They then grew out of that and became adults with complex ideologies with no grounding–they came to believe in recycling, gays, the homeless, computer engineering, having kids, going organic, cooking new Thai recipes for dinner parties, blah blah blah. They’re not religious folks. The original shamans were vastly different and most likely didn’t believe in most of the hooey that the “wiccans” believe in today. It’s… Read more »

HiddenWorld
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HiddenWorld

The basis of the word neopagan means new pagan. The smart ones don’t claim to practice the ancient religions accurately. As for them just being environmentalists, I don’t think so. There is a religion there, and belief in gods, even if it does happen to be a confusing mess of differences.

Cheyenne
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Cheyenne

With their schizophrenic belief systems. If you can’t snap out of it just get some medication. We’ll all be better for it.

AlwaysRight
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AlwaysRight

Because the’re trying to turn environmentalism into a religion, and they think a cool name will make them more relevant.

billcompugeek
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billcompugeek

It is all about the polytheism isn’t it.

I’ll stick with montheism any day in the Lord Jesus Christ who is Jehovah God from eternity.