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Of Kreesh-chun Radio and Ego-Paganism

As someone who regards himself as “religious but not spiritual” (the main difference being, are you part of a community or not?), I'm always interested to see how other religious people do what they do.

I've recently been watching Shtisel, a smash Israeli series about a dysfunctional dosi (ultra-ultra-ultra Orthodox) family in contemporary Jerusalem. Part of what has made the series so popular among secular and marginally-religious Israelis is the intimate portrait that it paints of what it's like to live in a world in which even the most commonplace everyday function—taking a sip of water, chopping vegetables, taking a shit—becomes an act with religious implications.

To me, as a pagan, such a world seems very familiar indeed.

That's why, when I happened to chance on a Kreesh-chun music station in the car the other day while channel-surfing, I stopped and listened instead of moving on.

What struck me most about what I heard was the music's egocentricity: how happy I am, how bad off I was before I got religion. Me, me, me. Even when the songs were ostensibly about Jesus or “God,” the referent was nearly always the self: how much my god has done for me. How much I love my god.

My impression of the essentially egocentric nature of Kreesh-chun music is, of course, by no means a methodical sampling—I'll leave that work to some other student of contemporary American religion—although I do have to say that it does indeed match how much contemporary evangelicalism (to my eye, at any rate) presents: as shallow, self-satisfied, essentially an exercise in self-projection.

Alas. Lest we feel smug, let me mention that much contemporary paganism strikes me in the same way. This my dear friend and colleague Sparky T. Rabbit used to refer to as “ego-paganism.”

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It's Your Name, Pagan

 We've got the honor of the coven to uphold, after all.

Magenta Griffith

 

There's the name that you're given, usually by your parents.

 

And then there's the name that you earn.

 

And, as the ancestors knew, living by name—reputation—is a long-sum game.

 

Name is vulnerable. Everybody screws up or makes a bad decision now and then. One mistake can destroy a name that you've spent years building.

 

But that isn't necessarily the end. It all depends on what you did before and on what you do after. Name is about consistency.

 

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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, June 5

One of the primary aspects of many a religion is "theology" or the practice of studying and organizing the nature of the divine and other religious ideas. How then might theology be applied to Paganism? Or, as Gus diZerega asked recently, should it be applied at all? We take a look at theology and other forms of religious studies both within and outside of Paganism today, along with other stories. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle.

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