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"The Pagan Heretic" is a webpage/site dedicated to providing resources and networking information to those who wish to be educated and to learn more about the multitude of Neo-Pagan faiths that are out there, and also as a place for open and honest two way discussion between this sites members regarding religion and philosophy in general. This site also serves as as outlet for the webmaster to share his blogs and ideas on this subject. so this serves as not only a networking and resource tool for those wishing to learn but also as a personal blogging space for the host creator of this site. And as a place for the webmaster to share his personal religious beliefs with those who wish to become made aware of them.
What makes "The Pagan Heretic" site so different from the many other networking/resource sites that are out there?
In Short, Nothing. nothing makes us special and separates us from the other resource sites out there, except that this one is ran by "THE PAGAN HERETIC" himself, Paul.
"THE PAGAN HERETIC" site is not to be a substitute for a good teacher or other religious leader, it is probably preferred if you had an actual teacher to help you along your path, but for some people that is not a viable option, so this site will hopefully provide you with networking and discussion and links and recommended books to help you get started down your path of seeking.
"THE PAGAN HERETIC" and it's content reflect only the opinions of the webmaster and it's potential members, and NOT necessarily any other people involved with the Neo-Pagan community.
Why Choose The Name "Pagan Heretic"?
I Choose the name "Pagan Heretic" Because I went by that moniker on Myspace's Religion Forum for a time, and that was already an E-mail Address I used, So it was easier to use that as a contact e-mail for this site. But, that is not the only reason I choose the name, though it does make for an easy explanation.
I choose the name Pagan, because I identify myself as a follower of Pagan Philosophy and Spirituality, and value the concept of Earth Stewardship and believe in the idea of a Female- Divine presence....a goddess if you will...as a co-creator force side by side with the Masculine Male-Divine presence....the god. As well, as the fact that as previously described this site is intended to relay information and resources/references about Pagan Religious practices as well as be a networking site for those seeking knowledge, wisdom, and just general information about Pagan religions.
And I choose the name "Heretic" because it may be defined as "a person who has committed heresy" Wikipedia
Websters Defines a "Heretic" as one who is; "a dissenter from established religious dogma...." - Merriam-Websters Online Dictionary
In past conversations on other religious forum sites those of the other "mainstream" "established" religions would call me a "Heretic" when I would share my beliefs which they would deem "controversial" and in their eyes calling someone a "heretic" was seen as a negative connotation.....
But, I believe that being a "Heretic" is a positive thing, not a negative thing, and by calling this site "The Pagan Heretic" I am attempting to embrace that word, much like the term "Pagan" used to be seen as a negative connotation until modern day practitioners adopted the word and turned it from a word that used to mean "A backwoods Uneducated Country Bumpkin" in ancient Rome, to now stand for those who practice reverence and stewardship for Mother Earth, and follow a spirituality based on the balance of feminine and masculine divine energies. --- I feel that the word "heretic" can also be a positive thing. If you look at all the religious leaders of the world who are revered, I'm sure at one time or another they were seen as "heretics" within their chosen religious sect for standing up to the "status-Quo" of their time. The word "Heretic" is not only use to describe those who challenge the set religious "status-Quo" but it was also used for those men of Science who questioned how things were, People who considered a "heretic" for centuries for insisting that the world was in fact round and not flat. The Famous Galileo Galilei Was known as a "heretic" to the Roman Church in Italy for questioning the theory of the time that the Sun Revolved around the Earth, by insisting that the Earth in fact revolved around the Sun. He turned out to be right, and now Modern Science accepts what he and other Scientists theorized as common truths today, that they were ostracized for back in their own time.
In short, to me a "Heretic" is someone who stands up for what they believe in, and sticks to their own moral compass and questions things as they are, even if those around them see them as fools for questioning the "status-Quo" of how things are.
That is why I chose the name "The Pagan Heretic" as the moniker for this site. Thank You.
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