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"Being Pagan makes more sense to me than being Christian. You can prove that nature exists and provides for us, and nature isn't dogmatic."

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BurdenedWithCuteness Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Not all pagans are Neowiccans that worship nature. I incorporate nature into my practice, but there are many pagan faiths that do not. You're making blanket generalizations and erasing other faiths, which doesn't help the community at all, I'm afraid.
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Akhenamen Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
In Paganism, do you worship Nature as a deity?
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There are a lot of different practices within Paganism as a whole (sort of how like there are lots of differences between various Christian denominations).  Most worship some form of a goddess, but can worship other things as well.  Here are some links that might be interesting: 

What is Paganism? 

BBC - Religions: Paganism (Beliefs)
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MantaTheMisukitty Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.. If I had to choose a religion for myself, it would probably be either paganism or Buddhism :meow:
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JessamineDiane Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree that nature provides for us and stuff but what is pagen?
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:icon8manderz8:
8manderz8 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Paganism as it's being used here refers to the newer nature-focused religious movements. Wicca, Neo-Druidism, and other nature-centered religions are Pagan.

:bulletblue:Contemporary Paganism Wiki
:bulletgreen:What is Paganism?
:bulletblue:#dA-pagans Group
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PaintInMyHair Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My thoughts exactly! :D
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Earthtalon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
And then nature tries to murder you :)
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Born-of-Wolves Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No one said nature is friendly all the time. What is given must be taken away, what is born must die. Balance.
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SEGASister Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Unlike some "all-loving" God we all know and despise!
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Born-of-Wolves Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yup.
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student General Artist
But you see, the difference is, nature won't kill you out of vengeance, or hate, or sadism; the only place for violence in nature is out of the need to survive. Whereas gods with petty vendettas that will not only kill you for breaking a stupid law, but will kill your entire family... Geez. And the major monotheistic religions think PAGANS are the violent ones...
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Born-of-Wolves Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know : / it's disgustingly hypocritical.
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TESM Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I guess other than the laws of nature.

Or that nature often seeks a standard.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Oh? Nature seeks standards?
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TESM Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh? Nature doesn't seem to have regularity?
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
That's not 'seeking standards'.

If a planet is pulled into a fixed orbit by it's star, that's not sought after standard, that's just nature taking it's course.
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TESM Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
good think you were reading
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
I'm stuffing my face with awesome pizza.
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Claddaugh Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
An admirable way to live.
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RebiValeska Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Now, these are just my thoughts:
Yes, nature provides for us and is quite evident in our material world. However, in the end, the question of where it all came from in the first place is still not answered here, since not anyone is entirely sure if Paganism can answer that -- it seems all complex, and I've read studies on young generations often not personally satisfied with simplistic answers such as "one living personal God made all of creation and humanity" and drawn to more complex individual-based beliefs, for whatever reason. Whether or not they are right (should they truly believe they are right) -- one can only find out the truth when they are dead.
Besides, claiming nature is not dogmatic only can mean that we humans have the canny ability to bear "dogmatic" morals and thinking patterns that are outside the realms of "natural selection and chance". It only enforces that nature and humans are too different to be of all the same principles as the other.

That being said, I still have to conclude that being Christian and believer of ID makes more sense to me.
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Claddaugh Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Potateo, Poetato. Most people only question the whereabouts of the "Beginning of the Universe" because they seem to think that it will "bring us closer to the Heavens."

I call bullshit.

"However, in the end, the question of where it all came from in the first place is still not answered here, since not anyone is entirely sure if Paganism can answer that -- it seems all complex, and I've read studies on young generations often not personally satisfied with simplistic answers such as "one living personal God made all of creation and humanity" and drawn to more complex individual-based beliefs, for whatever reason."

So? the Christians have tried to, at one point or another, suppress other conflicting religions. Witchhunts, the Crusades,the Roman campaign against the Germanians are all classic symbols of Christian dogma.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
"one can only find out the truth when they are dead"

That is a huge load of nonsense.
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Earthtalon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Opinion.
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RebiValeska Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Why? When you die, nothing happens? :B
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Jhonenfan777 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've thought about this, too. Being pagan isn't so bad, when you look at the untouched version. The one that's actually true to the religion. :)
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RivisIndigoEmporium Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
You know, I actually had a conversation with my sister along somewhat similar lines not too long ago -- the subject being natural vs. unnatural (can o' worms -- oh, boy!), and it boiled down to me saying, "the existence of God is often disputed, but the existence of Mother Nature is not. Walk outside, and bam -- there's nature." :hmm:

Kind of hard to argue with a tree standing right there in front of you as it converts your carbon monoxide into the oxygen you need to breathe. :XD:
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DionRainsmith Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012   Interface Designer
Well, there's the Rede, but karma isn't the same as dogma.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True, though the Rede pretty much only applies to Wiccans. The Rede isn't as demanding as similar documents of other faiths are though.
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I'm not a Pagan myself(Christian, actually ^^;), but ... I can't disagree with this.
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DarkCougar55S Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, I agree. It is so much easier for me!
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ZhaneAugustine Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Well they're entitled to their opinion, however being Christian makes more sense to me.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough :)
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ZhaneAugustine Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
cool thanks
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SpongeMuffin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
How does it make sense to you? Just thinking about trying to be Christian makes my head spin.
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Claddaugh Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your pic goes perfectly with your statement. I salute you.
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ZhaneAugustine Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
It takes patience and study to really answer that question.

Simple statement, Its more orderly to me.
We could go on if you like, but right now my connection isn't great so it might take time for me to get back to you.

I was shut off as I first tried to reply to you as an example of that.
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:iconcladdaugh:
Claddaugh Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, "Order".
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:iconzhaneaugustine:
ZhaneAugustine Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
umm okay yeah order.
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StupidFae Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Tell me if they answer this. :popcorn:
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DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
*Sees signature* *worships fish*

:worship: :fish:
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StylishCat100 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL
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Psycho333 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Great point.
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8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree!
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