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Census 2011

January 6, 2011

This is just a “note” rather than a blog entry (I’ll come to that later.)
I decided some time ago that I was so unorthodox in my theology (In fact I checked and found I suffer from at least 32 recognised heresies) that it was deceitful to call myself a christian any more. I wavered about whether to just disappear into the murky fogs inhabited by atheists and agnostics and other varieties of “non-religious” or whether to adopt some sort of formal label, I didn’t want to be classified as a New Age fluffy either as it has been hard work thinking through what I could and couldn’t accept, as well as what I had, through careful consideration, decided I would not step back from.
But today I was reminded that we have a 2011 census with a question regarding “faith”. Among those is one for Pagan. And one can put “Pagan – and I feel I can now say that I am one of them “Pagan dashes”. If what this means interests you well have a look at the website

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2011 8:05 pm

    Yo ho, a dashing pagan…

    • January 11, 2011 11:05 am

      Well, hobbling rather than dashing, my love.
      I just feel happier not “pretending” or “defending” a religion. The more I have read, and the more I have practised, I cannot avoid thinking that religions (as in organised) are signs of failure rather than triumphs of spirituality. My accepting the label pagan is less a wholehearted dive into another religion than walking away from one that no longer really feeds me where it matters. It will not stop me attending meeting and it does not see me rushing round my mental house throwing anything to do with christianity out in the bin. I am quite content to retain those items which still fit rationally with my experience, while the rest is in boxes in the attic, just in case.

  2. January 11, 2011 11:13 am

    That’s fair enough. I ride a fine line myself but in the end, for me the question is about whether the relationship I have with Christ is real for me, is the only question that matters. The rest is dogma and theology and I’ve never been a fan of either.
    True mysticism walks away the way you have done, and finds what does feed the soul. It’s probably why mystics scare religious bodies so much.

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