Contemporary Paganism and Politics: The Relation of Political and Religious Views among Czech Pagans



Rok publikování 2015
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Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

Popis Both political and religious affiliation reflect one's worldview. However, the relation of religion and politics is a complex and highly debated issue. This paper focuses on a connection between religiosity and politics in a framework of one specific expression of modern spirituality – Contemporary Paganism. That is an umbrella term (also Modern Paganism, Neopaganism, or simply Paganism) for a diversified group of movements whose main unifying characteristic is that they are to a lesser or greater extent based on or inspired by prehistoric or ancient religious faiths and beliefs. Paganism is highly diversified: some groups have emerged from naturalizing and romanticizing tendencies and emphasize the sacredness of nature, worship and respect for all of its creatures; while some groups have emerged from nationalistic tendencies and focus on worshipping the Gods and ancestors. The paper explores the correlation between the religiosity and political orientation of modern Pagans; what is the attitude of Pagans toward politics? Are the political views of Pagans as diversified as their religiosity, or are there any unifying elements?
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