What We Believe

Reform Paganism is a branch of the tree of Paganism on which blossom many distinct traditions, each with their own beliefs. Whatever our specific tradition, however, we start from the Fifteen Theses of the Pagan Reformation:

  1. Naturalism: Reform Paganism grows from deep and inseverable roots in Nature, which is, however proximately or distantly, the progenitor of all human religion.
  2. Humanism: Reform Paganism promotes human flourishing (eudaimonia) within Nature, for human religion should serve no other purpose.
  3. Eternalism: Reform Paganism regards not only the human past, as all Neopagans do, but also the human, transhuman, and post-human future, rejoicing at the accelerating advancement of science and technology.
  4. Realism: Reform Paganism pursues truth in all its aspects, embracing wonder at that which exceeds our present understanding, openness to new ideas, methodological skepticism, and active investigation of the world around us.
  5. Transcendentalism: Reform Paganism finds that spiritual truth is transcendent, its essence and fullness irreducible to words, formulas, or teachings—every human person must ultimately obtain spiritual truth, if at all, not through the mediation of any supposed authority but by direct experience alone.
  6. Exotericism: Reform Paganism reveals spiritual truth radically to all, neither hiding nor reserving anything from any earnest seeker but rending all false veils.
  7. Syncretism: Reform Paganism gathers the scattered seeds of human wisdom from all spiritual traditions and secular fields of learning, not merely to compile a collection (Eclecticism) but rather to make from them something new.
  8. Nonsectarianism (Universalism): Reform Paganism aligns itself with no divisive sect or cause but opens and offers—even recommends—itself to all.
  9. Egalitarianism: Reform Paganism demands no initiation or ordination of any person but regards all of us as inherently equal and equally qualified in matters of spirit.
  10. Integrationism: Reform Paganism unites all people and encourages adherents actively to integrate themselves into the world, rather than to separate themselves from it.
  11. Ritualism: Reform Paganism celebrates events, however momentous or commonplace, in Nature and human life, using rituals to deepen our experience of these special and periodic occasions.
  12. Mysticism: Reform Paganism embraces altered states of consciousness, particularly those attained through meditative practices, and explores all the depths and heights of the human psyche, considering mystical experience essential to a complete spiritual life.
  13. Holism: Reform Paganism informs, guides, and enlivens the entire person, soma and psyche, as spirituality is a worldview and lifeway.
  14. Regenerationism: Reform Paganism lives and must grow and adapt as much as individual human persons live and must grow and adapt—reform and renewal are never finished.
  15. Missionalism: Reform Paganism yokes itself with a loving mission to advance its own causes for the benefit of all humankind and all of Nature, for Reform Paganism is a unique culmination and fulfillment of human spirituality.

Suggestions for learning more, right here on PaganRenewal.org:

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