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Pagans & Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience

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Although Christianity is still a major religious force, there are growing numbers of people in other faiths, including the various Pagan traditions. Some Christians have responded to this trend with fear and derision, while some Pagans have reacted to that fear with anger and mistrust.
Much of the problem is due to misunderstandings and lack of communication. This can chan
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Paperback, 242 pages
Published February 8th 2001 by Llewellyn Publications (first published February 1st 2001)
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Allison
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was really quite happy with the first part of the book where he simply describes what Pagan spirituality is. I've been reading a lot of books about it, but never really got a straight answer on the subject. Learning that there are certain similarities to all Pagans, yet it's completely normal for others not to believe everything others do was reassuring.

The two other parts of the book were also very intriguing. The chapter on Christian criticisms of Paganism made me realize just how much my Ch
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Lisa
Jul 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: seekers
I learned that my world view has in fact been formed by a Christian framework and that framework is difficult to see around. The value of understanding what I percieve as otherness in many people's lives has become important to me. Just as some are different to me, I am different to some. One tenet of Christianity that I have clung to intellectually is that we are to love one another. That has been elusive to me not knowing how to love who is different partly because the culture around me tends ...more
Molly
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
In light of my recent spiritual explorations, this book is exactly the kind I'd been looking for. I stumbled across it in a used bookstore in St. Louis and noticed that it seemed to be discussing the pagan worldview in a philosophical/theological way, rather than as a how-to manual for aspiring witches (which most of the books on Paganism I've seen so far have been).

That assessment proved correct. Gus diZerega presents an argument that Christianity can be interpreted alongside pagan traditions
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Ryan M.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting read that doesn't fit neatly into a genre. Part apologia for paganism, part love letter to the better angels of Christianity's nature, part forward-looking historical meditation, this book was both insightful and far-ranging. I learned a lot from it. The style was easy to read, but the topics were still treated with depth. I've been given a lot to think about by this enjoyable read...
Tatiana (DraCat)
Все ещё читаю Гуса Ди Зеригу "Христиане и язычники: Анализ воззрений и поиски взаимопонимания". Можно сколько угодно спорить о её сомнительной интеллектуальной ценности и явной вторичности, тем более, что я и так признаю, что за плечами уже полкниги, а новых мыслей я в ней пока не обнаружила. Но ценность её несомненна. По крайней мере в Москве.
Есть в этой книге абзац: "Некоторые психологи пользуются стандартизированными чернильными пятнами, которые называются тестом Роршаха, для диагностики проб
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Julie Decker
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
A not-too-scholarly, layperson's approach to reconciling differences between Christian and Pagan perspectives. This is written from a Pagan perspective--perhaps with the intention of helping Pagans with Christian friends/relatives learn to make their faith seem less threatening by giving them talking points--and it offers quite a lot of philosophy on why these two faiths are not so different. It discusses the misconception that a religion needs to depend on claims of exclusivity to be authentic, ...more
Jack Hartjes
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
A helpful description of Paganism from the inside and an honest treatment of the similarities and differences between Paganism and Christianity. I think at the very end of the book DiZerega was insufficiently critical of the stories of Christian wrongdoing in cases like the murder of Hypatia, the Inquisition, and witch hunts -- there was enough evil without the exaggerations and misinterpretations and biased interpretations. For the most part DiZerega is knowledgeable about and sympathetic to Ch ...more
Joslin
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am very impressed with this book. DiZerega presents both sides of many of the common debates without anger or spite. In my experience, comparisons between paganism and Christianity typically lead to mud-slinging, spewed hatred and very little understanding or compassion on either side. I find that attitude makes things near impossible to have a reasonable conversation about these views. DiZerega's discussion is very informative with a refreshingly respectful and calm perspective on a difficul ...more
K Kriesel
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, reference
I appreciate this book. diZerega works as a mediator between generalized Paganism and generalized Christianity in terms of both philosophy and practice. This isn't the book I had been expecting, and I'm actually glad about that.
Swankivy
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
I wanted to see how the different arguments for both philosophies were compared with one another. This offers a Pagan perspective.
Patricia
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very informative. Well written. Not a dull read.
Kellyn Brooks
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hard-copy
I underlined the hell out of this book! Very insightful, intelligent, and fair representation of both faiths. Learned a lot and will revisit. :)
Kharm
Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A good modern book about relations between Pagans and Christians today.
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