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Atheist Pagan...

Oxymoron, or no?

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kasaloso

Asked by kasaloso at 1:12 PM on May. 12, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • No. An Atheist is someone who doesn't believe in a deity. There are a lot of belief systems that focus on energy or something more abstract than an actual anthropomorphized deity.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:14 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • No, not at all. Paganism takes all forms, and there is no reason why a Pagan has to believe in God...


    Here, this may explain things better than I can in this tiny box - One Witch's Wonderland - How Many Gods Are There?

    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:41 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • No. What I get from dictionary.com:

    Pagan: –noun 1. one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.
    2. a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim.
    3. an irreligious or hedonistic person.

    Origin:
    1325–75; Middle English < Medieval Latin, Late Latin pāgānus worshiper of false gods, orig. civilian (i.e., not a soldier of Christ), Latin: peasant, noun use of pāgānus rural, civilian, derivative of pāgus village, rural district (akin to pangere to fix, make fast); see -an

    Atheist: –noun
    a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.

    Origin:
    1565–75; < Greek áthe ( os ) godless + -ist
    Rosehawk

    Answer by Rosehawk at 1:46 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • Totally possible.
    2tinyhineys

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 3:33 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • I don't think so.
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 7:04 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • I think you've gotten your answer already.
    sahmamax2

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 7:21 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • No. Even though you already got your answer.
    2autisticsmom

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:21 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • No, it's quite possible to be an atheist or any type of NON-theist and be pagan. Plus, it depends on what definition of pagan you're using (neo-pagan as an umbrella terms for many nature religions or simply to mean any non-Abrahamic religions). Technically, most Buddhists and Taoists are non-theists and are pagan by the non-Abrahamic definition.

    I also used to practice Wicca, but saw the gods and goddesses as metaphor (I did not/do not literally believe in supernatural beings), so I was a non-theistic pagan. More specifically, I consider myself a Naturalistic Pantheist (and always have). Now I practice Buddhism, but I still relate to many aspects of other nature based religions and philosophies, like Wicca or Taoism for example. There are many other Wiccas who have pantheistic views--and see God as the Universe, impersonal forces of Nature, etc, but most have polytheistic views so people are probably more familiar with that.
    pam19

    Answer by pam19 at 9:10 PM on May. 12, 2011

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