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1001 7- In the Middle Ages, priests actually said "Masses" to impose deathspells on humans. Is such ritual being practiced today? We will probablynever
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now, because secrecy in such groups would be assumed as * very *tight. As so many law-enforcement officers seem to be Christian, andmany of the European governments are enthralled by this cult, we willprobably * never * be able to find out the truth of this.8- At every Christian service, donations from the membership isencouraged, and, as most such donations are done publically,"peer-pressure" to give large amounts of money is very high, and afeeling of guilt over * not * contributing could lead to psychoticepisodes! The cult's attitude towards sexual feelings, that even *loo
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ing * at a person with even the tiniest feeling of "lust" is a"sin," is so rigid as to exclude at least 99 percent of the World'spopulation from "Heaven" and thereby lead to irreconcilable guiltfeelings on the part of the "sinners!" Could it be that many of themodern world's psychiatric problems can be traced to the beliefs of thiscult?9- The intolerant behaviour of Christianity is also well-documented inhistory, with its pogroms of Jews, burning of witches, Crusades againstIslam,culture destruction and outrightgenocide in thePacific islandsand Central and South America, and hatred of anything that is not"Christian." This has even extended to disruption of non-Christianreligious services, and violent behaviour that is touted as simple"civil disobedience." Can such past behaviour repeat itself? Historyshows it does.10- Proselytization, or the "conversion" of new members to the cult, iscarried on in any number of ways, both with subtle blandishments andby outright fear and threats. To watch and listen to somestreet-preachers is aneducation inthe useof fear-inducingtechnique,and also of individual and mass hysteria similar to that inducedbyAdolf Hitler and Joseph Goebells! Why do these preachers do their bestto induce such mass hysteria? One could as
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the same question about Hitlerand Goebells, and maybe get the same answer!---------------------If your child, or a member of your family, is involved with thiscult, * please * see
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help NOW!---------------------The author wishes to than
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the publishers of "File 18," and allthe other cult-hunters and watchers out there, for their good andconstant demonstrations of the techniques used in this article.
 
1002 M O D E R N P A G A N I S M :QUESTIONS & ANSWERSTo promote community harmony and freedom of religious practice.Distributed by : The Committee for Religious Freedom, Salt La
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e City,Utah.Than
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s to LesleyPhillips andLinda Pinti ofThe CovenantofUnitarian Universalist Pagans for original material.Contemporarysociety isexperiencingaresurgence ofinterestin earth- and nature-centered spirituality. Modern Paganism is a richand diverse religious movement drawing the attention of the media,law-ma
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ers, and spiritual see
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ers. This pamphlet attempts to answersome of the questions frequently as
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ed about modern Pagan beliefs andpractices.What is Paganism?Theterm"Pagan" comesfrom aLatinword for"country dweller"first used in early Christian times to refer to those not yetconverted to Christianity. "Pagan" was an epithet that cast aspersionson those not seen as "true believers." Today, it refers more generalto the faith of those whose spiritual center is drawn to native andnatural religions, usually pantheistic or polytheistic, and almostalways earth-centered.What then is "Modern Paganism"?ModernPaganism,orNeo-Paganism, isamodern, Earth-centeredreligious perspective which borrows and adapts from pre-Christianpaganism as well as from contemporary religious thought. Whilereconnecting with ancient wisdom, it spea
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s eloquently to the needsand concerns of the present.What is meant by "The Old Religion"?The term describes the pre-Christian religion of much ofwestern and northern Europe, which was based on the agriculturalcycles and other natural rhythms of the Earth. It coexisted withChristianity for centuries, from the so-called "Dar
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Ages" up untilthe Inquisition and the "Burning Times" (witch hunts) of the lateMiddle Ages. It also can refer more generally to othernative and tribal religions of the world.What is the difference between Paganism and Witchcraft?SomecontemporaryPagans callthemselvesWitches.The termhasmany meanings, some carrying rather heavy negative baggage."Witchcraft" or "The Craft" is most properly applied to three broadcategories: Descendants of the European witches of the Middle Ages,practitioners of the "reconstructed" Witchcraft of the 20th century,and "feminist Witches" whose religion and politics center in thecontemporary womens' spirituality movement. It can generally be saidthat all modern Witches are Pagans, but not all modern Pagans areWitches. At least one writer, Aidan Kelly, has begun to use the term"Neo-Pagan Witchcraft" to describe the largest portion of thecontemporary Pagan community.
 
1003 What is meant by the term "Wicca"?Oftenused asa synonymfor Witchcraft,"Wicca" isthought toderive from an Anglo-Saxon root meaning to bend or to turn. It is moreproperly applied only to those Witchcraft traditions which originatedin or derive from practices in the British Isles.What about Shamanism?Shamanismisnot areligion, butaset ofspiritual techniquesused for healing and the acquisition of
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nowledge through forays intonon-ordinary states of consciousness. Now gaining increasingattention in the counseling profession, this journeying is usuallyaided by sonic driving (such as repetitive drumming or chanting) andoften involves interactions with totemic and archetypal figures. Thesetechniques are used in virtually every tribal society and are widelyused by contemporary Pagans.What do modern Pagans believe?The centralbeliefs ofmodern Pagansdiffer in specificsyetshare many fundamentals. Deity is seen as immanent rather thantranscendent. Experience is preferred over doctrine. It is believedthat there are and should be multiple paths to the Divine. There isno prescribed creed, but there are a number of beliefs shared by mostcontemporary Pagans, summarized at the end of this pamphlet.Isn't this just Humanism by another name?Noand Yes.Li
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ereligious Humanists,modernPagans havealoveand reverence for this world and the physical plane generally. Therational is seen as important. Great emphasis is also placed on theintuitive, however, and the belief that the physical and non-physicalworlds are equally real, and are interconnected, interpenetratingmanifestations of nature. This means that spiritual wor
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, whethercalled meditation, prayer, or magic, and whether done as ritual,worship, or celebration, is efficacious and can result in changes inthe physical world. The majority of Pagans also believe in thesurvival of the consciousness or soul after physical death.How do modern Pagans worship?Some groups have formalworship services or similar groupmeetings. Others conduct rituals that have varying degrees of setforms. Some Pagans worship by themselves without formal ritual. Mostcontemporary Pagans hold rituals corresponding to the turning of theseasons and the phases of the moon. Rituals are often performed in asacred space defined by the demarcation of a circle, within which thecelebration and worship ta
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e place. Celebrations include eight majorseasonal holidays, sometimes collectively referred to as "Sabbats".These Sabbats, as most frequently observed by North American andEuropean Pagans, follow the agricultural cycles of the northerntemperate zone, and include the solstices and equinoxes as well asfour intermediate festivals which fall in between, sometimes called"cross-quarters," on or near the first days of February,May, August, and November. Regular public Sabbat rituals, reflectinga variety of contemporary Pagan styles, are held in many communities.Rituals may include meditation, chanting, drumming, myth- andstory-telling, ritual drama, dance, and so on. Deeper ritual wor
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ismost often practiced at private gatherings, which for many traditionscoincide with the phases of the moon. The wor
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