Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
387 pages
6 x 9 inches
October 2006
Print ISBN: 9781551303147


Neopaganism is the fastest growing new religion in the West. Between the World: Readings in Contemporary Neopaganism provides an engaging and well-rounded introduction to this often misunderstood spiritual tradition.

This provocative new volume breaks away from the negative doomsday cult focus of existing books on new religious movements and provides a clear focus on feminist spirituality, women and religion, and goddess worship. It offers a spiritual context for paganism and introduces the "language" of paganism and earth religions. This book examines contemporary paganism — not just the "streams" from the 1970s and 1980s, but also the increasingly important "streams" of Druidry and Heathenry.

For the first time ever, this book unites essential readings by leading academics and well-known practitioners from all over the world, including Canada. It features the work of Starhawk, Ronald Hutton, Michael York, Graham Harvey, Helen A. Berger, and Wendy Griffith, alongside contemporary Canadian scholars including Lucie Marie-Mai DuFresne, Lori G. Beaman, and Barbara Jane Davy.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Voices That Inspired
Chapter 1: Charge of the Goddess – Doreen Valiente
Chapter 2: Sacred Narratives – Starhawk
Chapter 3: I Am a Pagan – Selena Fox
Chapter 4: A Religion without Converts – Margot Adler
Chapter 5: Why Women Need the Goddess: Phenomenological, Psychological, and Political Reflections – Carol P. Christ

Part II: Introduction to Nature or Earth Religions
Chapter 6: We Cast Our Circles Where the Earth Mother Meets the Sky Father – Sarah Pike
Chapter 7: Definitions and Expressions of Nature Religion in Shamanic Traditions and Contemporary Paganism – Barbara Jane Davy
Chapter 8: Paganism as a World Religion – Michael York

Part III: Contemporary Neopaganism and Witchcraft
Chapter 9: Druidry – Graham Harvey
Chapter 10: To the Tribe Let There Be Children Born – Helen A. Berger
Chapter 11: Wicked Witches of the West: Exploring Court Treatments of Wicca as a Religion – Lori G. Beaman
Chapter 12: In Defence of Magic: Philosophical and Theological Rationalization – Tanya Luhrmann
Chapter 13: Witch Wars: Factors Contributing to Conflict in Canadian Witchcraft Communities – Sian Ried
Chapter 14: Constructing Identity and Divinity: Creating Community in an Elder Religion within a Postmodern World – Jenny Blain
Chapter 15: Weaving a Tangled Web? Pagan Ethics and Issues of History, "Race," and Ethnicity in Pagan Identity – Ann-Marie Gallagher

Part IV: Feminist Spirituality and Goddess Worship
Chapter 16: Mother and Goddess: The Ideological Force of Symbols – Lucie Marie-Mai DuFresne
Chapter 17: The Embodied Goddess: Feminist Witchcraft and Female Divinity – Wendy Griffin
Chapter 18: Finding a Goddess – Ronald Hutton
Chapter 19: The Roots of Feminist Spirituality – Cynthia Eller
Chapter 20: The Colonial Mythology of Feminist Witchcraft – Chris Klassen


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