Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Paganism: A Very Short Introduction” as Want to Read:
Paganism: A Very Short Introduction
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Paganism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #269)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  6 reviews
'Paganism' is an evocative word that, even today, conjures up deep-seated emotions and prejudices. Until recently, it was primarily a derogatory term used by Christians to describe the non-Christian cultures confronted and vanquished by their Churches. For some it evokes images of sacrifice and barbaric behaviour, while for others it symbolises a peace-loving, nature-worsh ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 26th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Paganism, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Paganism

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 132)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Запознаването с езичеството трябва да става и чрез сериозните изследвания по темата. Поради тази причина си поръчах изданието „Paganism“, което е част от серията „A Very Short Introduction“, издавана от Oxford University Press (OUP). Целта на тези книжки е да се представи обзорно конкретна тема, представя се историческа справка за развитието на явлението и се дават примери от древността и съвременността, ако е възможно.

Когато говорим за такъв тип книги е изключително важно да отбележим автора и
Vikas Datta
Superb introduction to the concept, though limited in scope (as the author himself makes clear that he is restricting himself to a Christian prism) but the best is about the bouquet of spurious pagan practices in the last two centuries or so....
Lee Broderick
This is a typically dense and concise Very Short Introduction text. Taking as it's starting point the fact that 'paganism' was a term coined by the first Christians in defining themselves, Owen Davies explores how it relates to the 'other' (see Orientalism) and, as such, to Christianity. The story of paganism is then traced through two thousand years of Christian history, including the reformation and missionary-ism, to a point in the late twentieth century where that 'other' has become so appea ...more
Expected to find out more about what pagan practices actually consisted/consist of, but a very interesting history nonetheless of how paganism has been defined / has defined itself over the centuries.
It was an interesting read. A lot of the book covered paganism through the ages rather than the present day. I think it should very much be considered an introduction which would hopefully encourage the reader to look for further reading material.
It took me a while to read this little book, but I enjoyed learning more about paganism over the centuries. So many misconceptions. :-/
Pijus Valiukenas
Pijus Valiukenas marked it as to-read
Sep 03, 2015
Andre Berzins
Andre Berzins is currently reading it
Aug 31, 2015
Rohan marked it as to-read
Aug 15, 2015
Eoin marked it as to-read
Aug 14, 2015
Mohammed Alattar
Mohammed Alattar marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2015
Nathaniel Knoll
Nathaniel Knoll marked it as to-read
Aug 11, 2015
Efi marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2015
Brandon marked it as to-read
Aug 03, 2015
Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson marked it as to-read
Jul 27, 2015
Val marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2015
Lukas Sotola
Lukas Sotola marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2015
Martin Spiegelman
Martin Spiegelman is currently reading it
May 26, 2015
Jessica Rabalais
Jessica Rabalais marked it as to-read
May 24, 2015
Kelly Farnan
Kelly Farnan marked it as to-read
May 22, 2015
Trisha marked it as to-read
May 22, 2015
Tatiana marked it as to-read
May 20, 2015
Bert marked it as to-read
May 16, 2015
Christina marked it as to-read
May 12, 2015
James Ramos
James Ramos marked it as to-read
May 08, 2015
Enya-Marie Clay
Enya-Marie Clay marked it as to-read
Aug 16, 2015
Samuel marked it as to-read
May 01, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Other Books in the Series

Very Short Introductions (1 - 10 of 425 books)
  • A Very Short Introduction to Everything
  • Classics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Music: A Very Short Introduction
  • Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
  • Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Psychology: A Very Short Introduction
  • Islam: A Very Short Introduction
  • Politics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Theology: A Very Short Introduction
Grimoires: A History of Magic Books Popular Magic: Cunning-folk in English History America Bewitched: The Story of Witchcraft After Salem Magic: A Very Short Introduction The Haunted: A Social History of Ghosts

Share This Book