Coming Home to Paganism: Theory of Religious Conversion or a Theological Principle?



Rok publikování 2013
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Studia Religiologica
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

Obor Filosofie a náboženství
Klíčová slova neopaganism; "homecoming" hypothesis; religious conversion
Popis The so-called "homecoming" is one of the most (if not the most) popular ways of depicting the process of becoming a follower of Neo-Paganism found in literature, from Margot Adler's classical Drawing Down the Moon (1979) to contemporary authors, like Graham Harvey. It is interesting that "homecoming" simultaneously occurs in Neo-Pagan literature, as the common way of becoming Pagan, seen as opposite to the process of conversion (usually as a rapid change of religious beliefs). The critique of the "homecoming" defined in the academic field concentrates on showing that there is a possibility it may be more a theological notion, rather than a model of religious change to contemporary Paganism. The broad definition of religious conversion, understood as change in religious behaviour and beliefs, does include "homecoming" as one of the possible conversion narratives. Therefore, we may speak of a "coming home experience" as one of the main themes – but certainly not the only one – that is present in the histories of conversion to contemporary Paganism.

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