Monday, 11 July 2016
"Like many Norsemen, he saw witchcraft and bad luck in a faith that scorned all other gods." (p. 16)
Stages of religious thinking:
(i) many gods;
(ii) one god, opposition to all other beliefs;
(iii) respect for all religious beliefs.
I am happy to live at stage (iii). I know some scholarly neo-polytheists who may believe either that gods and other mythical beings exist objectively, although not necessarily exactly as described in the texts, or that gods are powerful personifications which can be projected and experienced in visions. I think that the latter view makes sense and have occasionally participated in ceremonies that do not require belief in the literal existence of the deities addressed although my personal practice is meditation, not worship.