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I don't understand this term. It's an oxymoron, I believe. Paganism, in whatever form you choose to practice, is a religion. Even our government recognizes it as such. There was recently a huge fight to get the Pentacle on the grave stone of Pagan soldiers, remember? I teach in the public school system. The powers that be can no more tell me not to wear my Pentacle than they could tell a Christian not to wear a cross. My friend, an elderly lady, said she's atheist. Yet, she believes in angels, spirits, communication with spirits, and reincarnation. Another friend and I challenged her on her "atheism". Her reply was, "If God is an old, white man in the sky with a beard, then I'm atheist." We tried to explain that we all knew that is not reality; therefore, because she believes in the spiritual aspects, she is not an atheist. She is stubborn and still holds to the atheist title. I am religious. I'm not ashamed or afraid to say so.

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Comment by Iraja on December 22, 2008 at 10:06am
I am religious and spiritual, in that I follow the Pagan ways. The Pagan religion, in my view, has no limitations, no dogma, no regulations. I determine my own boundaries. I'm still religious.
Comment by Iraja on December 22, 2008 at 1:30pm
I never really thought about it in that vein. I guess there is some dogma in all religions, even Pagan. I still consider myself spiritual and religious. I believe in a higher power. But I also agree with the Pantheist view that all beings, even the rocks, have spirit, and we are all connected by that spirit. I'm Hindu, I'm Spiritualist, I'm Pagan, I'm Wiccan, I'm Druid. I believe my spirituality is my religion.
Comment by Iraja on December 22, 2008 at 1:37pm
I checked out the link that you sent. I just wonder - why make such a distinction? My spirituality guides how I live and treat other people. For me, religion and spirituality are one and the same.

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