What is Neo-Paganism?

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Neo-Paganism is a general term for a variety of related religious movements which began in the United States in the 1960’s, with literary roots going back to the mid-19th century Europe, as attempts to revive what their founders thought were the best aspects of ancient pagan ways, blended with modern humanistic, pluralistic, and inclusionary ideals, while consciously striving to eliminate certain elements of traditional Western monotheism, including dualistic thinking and puritanism. The distinguishing characteristics of Neo-Paganism include a perception of divinity as immanent, a multiplicity of deities of all genders, a commitment to environmental responsibility, and a creative approach to ritual.

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