A Popular Dictionary of Paganism

This dictionary is a glossary of terms and a reference work whose entries cover the complex phenomenon of contemporary Paganism. A valuable addition to the available academic literature.

A Popular Dictionary of Paganism

This dictionary is a glossary of terms and a reference work whose entries cover the complex phenomenon of contemporary Paganism. A valuable addition to the available academic literature.

A Popular Dictionary of Paganism

This work provides a collection of source material on Paganism. It provides a point of reference for key words and concepts, and deals with concepts shared by all Pagans, and also with those concepts unique to a particular Pagan tradition.

A Popular Dictionary of Paganism

This work provides a collection of source material on Paganism. It provides a point of reference for key words and concepts, and deals with concepts shared by all Pagans, and also with those concepts unique to a particular Pagan tradition.

Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft

The second edition of Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft covers the history of the Witchcraft from 1750 B.C.E. though the modern day. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography.

Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft

The second edition of Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft covers the history of the Witchcraft from 1750 B.C.E. though the modern day. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on witch hunts, witchcraft trials, and related practices around the world. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the history of witchcraft.

Dictionary of Pagan Religions

This authoritative text includes many of the world’s forgotten religions, with important information about their ideologies, practices, mythologies, and more.

Dictionary of Pagan Religions

A comprehensive reference guide to religious cults of the ancient world, with essential information on religious systems, texts, temple sites, and more. Dictionary of Pagan Religions offers a wide-ranging survey of the many religious cults that have flourished around the world from the Stone Age to the present. From Egyptian to Celtic traditions, and Gnosticism to Cabala, coauthors Harry E. Wedeck and Wade Baskin have compiled in-depth information about the rites and rituals associated with these religious systems, as well as their surprisingly significant influence on mainstream theology and philosophy. This authoritative text includes many of the world’s forgotten religions, with important information about their ideologies, practices, mythologies, and more. Arranged in A-to-Z format, Dictionary of Pagan Religions is an essential reference guide for any student of paganism, polytheism, or ancient religious practices.

Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements

In this newly updated second edition of the Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements, George D. Chryssides traces the rise and development of new religious movements throughout the world.

Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements

In this newly updated second edition of the Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements, George D. Chryssides traces the rise and development of new religious movements throughout the world. An updated introduction summarizes the phenomenon of new religious movements and lays out the changes to the dictionary since the 2001 edition, while the main body of the dictionary consists of close to 600 cross-referenced entries on key figures, ideas, themes, and places related to various new religious movements. An index organizes the information in the dictionary, and a comprehensive bibliography leads the researcher to further sources.

Popular Religion in Russia

The struggle, the hostility of ancient pagan society to the influence of the new religion and her servants manifested itself in superstitious signs, now without meaning, but having had meaning in the first century of Christianity in ...

Popular Religion in Russia

This book dispels the widely-held view that paganism survived in Russia alongside Orthodox Christianity, demonstrating that 'double belief', dvoeverie, is in fact an academic myth. Scholars, citing the medieval origins of the term, have often portrayed Russian Christianity as uniquely muddied by paganism, with 'double-believing' Christians consciously or unconsciously preserving pagan traditions even into the twentieth century. This volume shows how the concept of dvoeverie arose with nineteenth-century scholars obsessed with the Russian 'folk' and was perpetuated as a propaganda tool in the Soviet period, colouring our perception of both popular faith in Russian and medieval Russian culture for over a century. It surveys the wide variety of uses of the term from the eleventh to the seventeenth century, and contrasts them to its use in modern historiography, concluding that our modern interpretation of dvoeverie would not have been recognized by medieval clerics, and that 'double-belief' is a modern academic construct. Furthermore, it offers a brief foray into medieval Orthodoxy via the mind of the believer, through the language and literature of the period.

Pagan Theology

Paganism as a World Religion Michael York. Simos, Miriam (Starhawk). ... The Illustrated Dictionary of Hindu Iconography. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul. ... Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements no. 13.

Pagan Theology

In Pagan Theology, Michael York provides an introduction to, and expansion of, the concept of Paganism and provides an overview of its theological perspective and practice. He demonstrates it to be a viable and distinguishable spiritual perspective found today in such forms as Chinese folk religion, Shinto, tribal religions, and neo-Paganism in the West. While adherents of many of these traditions do not use the word "pagan" to describe their beliefs or practices, York contends that there is an identifiable position possessing characteristics and understandings in common for which the label "pagan" is appropriate. He outlines these characteristics and also explores paganism as a general form of religious behavior which may be found in other religions which are not themselves pagan. In the course of examining such behavior, York provides descriptions of religions in action, including Buddhism and Hinduism.

Modern Paganism in World Cultures

Modern dictionaries of the English language typically define Pagan with any or all of the following terms: ... It is notable that many of these definitions present a Pagan as someone who is either lacking in or opposed to religion ...

Modern Paganism in World Cultures

The most comprehensive study available of neo-pagan religious movements in North America and Europe. * Photographs of neo-pagan leaders, practitioners, and rituals, along with maps of areas where various religions are practiced * Contributions from an international team of scholars provides insight into belief systems and cultural influences

Dictionary of Contemporary Religion in the Western World

The volume has a bipartite structure: Part One consists of introductory articles dealing with general religious and cultural issues; Part Two contains articles on the principal religions and new religious movements found in the West.

Dictionary of Contemporary Religion in the Western World

During the past century, the religious landscape of the Western world has changed dramatically. All of us now live in multi-faith societies, in which established religions co-exist with new and alternative spiritualities. The internet and the rapid development of communication technologies have increased our awareness and knowledge of other cultures and communities. Effective Christian ministry thus demands a basic grasp of the beliefs and practices of other faiths. Drawing together the best in conservative Christian scholarship, this dictionary provides concise discussion and analysis of contemporary religions in the context of modern and postmodern culture. The volume has a bipartite structure: Part One consists of introductory articles dealing with general religious and cultural issues; Part Two contains articles on the principal religions and new religious movements found in the West. An accessible work of reference, the Dictionary of Contemporary Religion in the Western World will be an indispensable tool for scholars and students, teachers and ministers, Christian workers, and anyone who is seeking an informed understanding of today's religious plurality.

Dictionary of Witchcraft

The first reference work to seriously document manifestations, magic, and superstitions, this historical dictionary details beings, characters, books, deeds, and causes that pertain to the manifestations and magic of trafficking with Hell, ...

Dictionary of Witchcraft

The original and authoritative A-to-Z reference guide to witchcraft, paganism, and magic, compiled by the famed nineteenth-century French occultist. Following its original publication in 1818, Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal became a landmark study of witchcraft, pagan religions, and the occult. The first reference work to seriously document manifestations, magic, and superstitions, this historical dictionary details beings, characters, books, deeds, and causes that pertain to the manifestations and magic of trafficking with Hell, as well as divinations, occult sciences, grimoires, marvels, errors, prejudices, traditions, folktales, the various superstitions, and all manner of marvelous, surprising, mysterious, and supernatural beliefs. A significant influence on the Romantic literary movement and notably consulted by author Victor Hugo, it remains an essential text for any student of the dark arts or demonology.

A Dictionary of Spirituality

Containing over 5.200 entries in the field of all the aspects of sprituality, religions and human spirit achievements, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of spirituality in paperback.

A Dictionary of Spirituality

A Dictionary of Spirituality is intended to help the subject of spirituality to become more accessible to the general public. It is also hoped that students of world religions, spiritual people and even professionals, religious peole, monks and believers of all religions, yoga teachers, and practitioners will turn to it for helpful information. It does not have pretensions to completeness, but it does provide a wide range of entries. While the scope of the book has been restricted to the Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and other major religions and spiritual phenomena, aspect of the subject associated with Sikhism, Jainism, Zen, Shinto, history of religions, theology, philosophy and religions, spiritualist psychology, yoga, sufism, meditation, Paganism, spiritual social movements. Special attention is dedicated to the terms in the field of spiritism, magic (paranormal), rituals, symbols, actions, language, as a category separate from religion. In particular, influences of East religions on Western civilization are mentioned, although no attempt has been made to include the vast terminology of religions of India, China, Japan that would itself fill volumes. Apart from the books devoted to single religions, much information has been extracted from more general sources: other dictionaries and internet. Containing over 5.200 entries in the field of all the aspects of sprituality, religions and human spirit achievements, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of spirituality in paperback. On 672 pages the book covers all aspects of human spiritality in all periods of history of civilizations, from East to West. It is an invaluable work of reference for the general reader and believers in all major religions, from Hinduism to Christianity.

Historical Dictionary of Islamic Fundamentalist Movements in the Arab World Iran and Turkey

Provides a reference to essential information on and discussion of basic ideas, notions, concepts, doctrine, leaders, thinkers, and movements of Islamic fundamentalism and Islamism in the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey.

Historical Dictionary of Islamic Fundamentalist Movements in the Arab World  Iran  and Turkey

Provides a reference to essential information on and discussion of basic ideas, notions, concepts, doctrine, leaders, thinkers, and movements of Islamic fundamentalism and Islamism in the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey. Entries give information not only on the origins and actions of Islamic fundamentalists, but the ideas and principles on which they are based, covering concepts that distinguish Islamic fundamentalism from other modern manifestations of Islam. Basic concepts are treated at length.

A New Dictionary of Fairies

What is Paganism? A religion, a spirituality, an alternative belief system, nature worship? You can find support for all these definitions (and many more) in dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and text books of religion, but subscribe to any ...

A New Dictionary of Fairies

Fairies are a challenging subject, intertwining culture, folklore, and anecdotal accounts across centuries and millennia. Focusing primarily on the Celtic speaking cultures, with some material from adjacent cultures including Anglo-Saxon and Norse, A New Dictionary of Fairies has in-depth entries on a variety of fairies as well as subjects related to them, such as why we picture elves with pointed ears or where the idea of fairies being invisible comes from. It also tackles more complicated topics like the nature and physicality of the fairy people. Anyone with an interest in the Good Neighbours will find this book a solid resource to draw from.

A Theological Dictionary

Containing Definitions of All Religious Terms, a Comprehensive View of Every Article in the System of Divinity : an ... As the Christians were opobedience , in compliance with our poor , posed by the Pagans and the Jews , they infirm ...

A Theological Dictionary


Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses

Provides information on both significant and minor deities of cultures from around the world, discussing the role of the god in each culture and the characteristics and symbols associated with each god.

Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses

Provides information on both significant and minor deities of cultures from around the world, discussing the role of the god in each culture and the characteristics and symbols associated with each god.

General English and French Dictionary

Newly Composed from the English Dictionaries of Johnson, Webster, Richardson, Etc. from the French Dictionaries ... Yet the archbishop soon ceased to take an active part in the business of the world , and nerer became a popular saint .

General English and French Dictionary


Drawing Down the Moon

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, for example, says that the word “witch” is derived from the Indo-European root “weik2,” ... Neo-Pagan Witchcraft is seen here as one of a number of modern polytheistic religions.

Drawing Down the Moon

The essential text and classic study of Neo-Paganism Since its original publication, Drawing Down the Moon continues to be the only detailed history of the burgeoning but still widely misunderstood Neo- Pagan subculture. Margot Adler attended ritual gatherings and interviewed a diverse, colorful gallery of people across the United States, people who find inspiration in ancient deities, nature, myth, even science fiction. In this edition, featuring an updated resource guide of newsletters, journals, books, groups, and festivals, Margot Adler takes a fascinating and honest look at the religious experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles of modern America's Pagan groups.

A Theological Dictionary Containing Definitions of All Religious Terms

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A Theological Dictionary  Containing Definitions of All Religious Terms

A Theological Dictionary, Containing Definitions of All Religious Terms by Charles Buck, first published in 1831, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better readability and enhanced appreciation. Restoration Editors' mission is to bring long out of print manuscripts back to life. Some smudges, annotations or unclear text may still exist, due to permanent damage to the original work. We believe the literary significance of the text justifies offering this reproduction, allowing a new generation to appreciate it.

Pagans and Christians in the City

religious and the secular, represent not only very different patterns of separation of the secular state and religion but also very different models of state ... “Secular,” English Oxford Living Dictionaries, accessed July 13, 2017, ...

Pagans and Christians in the City

Traditionalist Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and other cultural developments in the United States wonder why they are being forced to bracket their beliefs in order to participate in public life. This situation is not new, says Steven D. Smith: Christians two thousand years ago faced very similar challenges. Picking up poet T. S. Eliot’s World War II–era thesis that the future of the West would be determined by a contest between Christianity and “modern paganism,” Smith argues in this book that today’s culture wars can be seen as a reprise of the basic antagonism that pitted pagans against Christians in the Roman Empire. Smith’s Pagans and Christians in the City looks at that historical conflict and explores how the same competing ideas continue to clash today. All of us, Smith shows, have much to learn by observing how patterns from ancient history are reemerging in today’s most controversial issues.

Circle Network News

Pagan Scholars in American Academy of Religion Networking Spiritual Healing ... Pagan organizations including Circle Sanctuary , recently headed a campaign to change the negative definitions of Witch and Pagan in major dictionaries .

Circle Network News