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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 March 1st 1981)
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Þróndr
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The original title of this book is a question: “Comment peut-on être païen?” – so the dimension of a question is lost in the English edition - this book nevertheless takes the form of an intellectual quest – for authenticity, for true spirituality, and for rediscovering the pagan tradition in the European heritage that has in fact never been lost - in spite of a Judeo-Christian hegemony of long duration. There is a Nietzschean flavour to de Benoist’s quest. He spends a lot of ink on the Judeo-Ch ...more
Fadi
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Perfect. It suits my Nietzschean taste.
TR
Jun 21, 2011 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.
Karen Engelsen
Oct 13, 2007 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
Jun 06, 2013 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.
Erisson
Aug 06, 2008 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Erisson by: plutonica.net
Shelves: pagan, philosophy
From this review on plutonica.net this sounds like a very interesting book.
Wulf Grimsson
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Truly magnificent work
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Depuis plus de trente ans, Alain de Benoist poursuit méthodiquement un travail d'analyse et de réflexion dans le domaine des idées. Ecrivain, journaliste, essayiste, conférencier, philosophe, il a publié plus de 50 livres et plus de 3000 articles, aujourd'hui traduits dans une quinzaine de langues différentes.

Ses domaines de prédilection sont la philosophie politique et l'histoire des idées, mais
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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.” 9 likes
“Paganism therefore implies the rejection of this discontinuity, this rupture, this fundamental tear, which is the “dualistic fiction,” which, as Nietzsche wrote in The Antichrist, “degenerated God into the contradiction of life, instead of being its transfiguration and eternal Yes!” 4 likes
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