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On Being A Pagan

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In this small masterpiece, the great French thinker Alain de Benoist claims that only the pagan deities of ancient Europe offer a spiritual recourse to the present religious malaise. The guilt, the fear, the narrow petty-bourgeois obsession with well-being, and the self-loathing love of the Other that has left Western man defenseless before the destructive behaviors of our ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published 2004 by Ultra (first published 1981)
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Karen Engelsen
Oct 13, 2007 Karen Engelsen marked it as to-read
n this small masterpiece, the great French thinker Alain de Benoist claims that only the pagan deities of ancient Europe offer a spiritual recourse to the present religious malaise. The guilt, the fear, the narrow petty-bourgeois obsession with well-being, and the self-loathing love of the Other that has left Western man defenseless before the destructive behaviors of our nihilist age derive from the alien belief system that Christianity introduced to the West. They are not part of the pagan spi ...more
Stephen
Aug 09, 2013 Stephen rated it it was ok
The title of this book ought to be "On Not Being Jewish". Depending on whether politics is something the reader thinks about a lot, or something the reader does and lives, this book will be either appear to be profound or a useful specimen of a political type.
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Jan 02, 2012 treus rated it really liked it
De Benoist shows the fundamentals of what the pagan world represented and how its echoes are still present today. This is contrasted with monotheism. Essential for pagans/pantheists, and monotheists that think modern pagans have bad arguments.
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Recommended to Erisson by: plutonica.net
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From this review on plutonica.net this sounds like a very interesting book.
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Alain de Benoist (born 11 December 1943) is a French academic, philosopher, a founder of the Nouvelle Droite (New Right) and head of the French think tank GRECE. Benoist is a critic of liberalism, free markets and egalitarianism.
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“There is no need to ”believe” in Jupiter or Wotan—something that is no more ridiculous then believing in Yahweh however—to be pagan. Contemporary paganism does not consist of erecting altars to Apollo or reviving the worship of Odin. Instead it implies looking behind religion and, according to a now classic itinerary, seeking for the “mental equipment” that produced it, the inner world it reflects, and how the world it depicts as apprehended. In short, it consists of viewing the gods as “centers of value” and the beliefs they generate as value systems: gods and beliefs may pass away, but the values remain.” 6 likes
“In the Bible, man is only free to submit or be damned. His one freedom is the renunciation of that freedom. He finds his “salvation” by freely accepting his subjugation. The Christian ideal, says Saint Paul, is to be freely “subservient to God” (Romans 6:22).” 4 likes
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