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Atheopaganism: An Earth-honoring path rooted in science

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Every human culture has evolved religious practices. Clearly, there is something inherent in humanity about religiosity: it must fulfill certain needs that evolved with us as our modern brains developed.

ATHEOPAGANISM explores how the evolution of proceeding brain systems contributed to the belief systems, value sets and religious practices that characterize cultures all over the world. And then it implements this understanding of the nature of religion in a science-consistent religious practice that fulfills the human need for meaning, connectedness,  inspiration and purpose.

235 pages, Kindle Edition

Published October 1, 2019

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Mark Alexander Green

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5 reviews3 followers
July 28, 2020
While I find listening to Mark Green's podcast and reading his blog posts compelling, I struggled to connect with the writing style of this book. Besides the numerous spelling and editorial errors, I found the slow, methodical groundwork for the reasoning behind atheopaganism tedious - and the dismissive, mildly sarcastic tone that others who hold different views than the author are written about in the book made it difficult for me to take the first half of the book seriously. I wish that this book had been written as building an argument for the justification for atheopaganism instead of a guided, hand-holding list of reasons why it's the only logical thing to believe.

HOWEVER, those issues notwithstanding, I fould the second part of the book, with the practical atheopagan tenants, practices, and useful suggestions in it, to be very useful to me. It's style was more engaging and is the reason I'm hanging on to the book. Mark has included some lovely ideas for rituals and verbiage that I think will greatly enrich the practice of anyone open to the atheopagan path.
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8 reviews12 followers
August 24, 2022
Not what I expected tbh. Virtually all of the info could be found for free on the blog, and the book added very little extra value. Also, there were typos, missing or duplicated words, and typesetting issues on almost *every other page*. I get that this was self published, but the printing seemed pretty sloppy.

I enjoyed the start of the book more, with the reasoning and explanation for Atheopaganism. But the second half was all very familiar to me, having already spent time on the website.
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116 reviews9 followers
August 4, 2022
In a nutshell, I consider myself a non-theist who believes in the reverence of nature and mother Earth without having to deify anything, and I've been a hardcore atheist in my younger years. I had high hopes that "Atheopaganism" would resonate with me, but its presentation in this book bothered me quite a lot.

First of all, I found it rather bothersome the way Mark A. Green spoke of pagans as a majority in this book based on his experiences. Even as an atheist, I've had worse experience with fellow atheists than with pagans, most of whom have been incredibly open-minded despite having their own deities to worship, even though I would not do the same. I am sorry for him that he had to deal with showy "pagans" and even what seems like a cult, but that is not an issue with paganism itself, and I see him making a lot of judgments about that group even though he himself expresses that paganism varies greatly.

I respect the idea of "truth mattering" because it does to me too. I will always hold scientific evidence above my own personal experiences with how I may perceive the divine, let alone anyone else's even though I validate what they have to say. However, I find that Green speaks poorly about worship, and even about "altars," yet he seems to partake in worship himself. I do not like the principles that he lays out and I would much prefer a religion that is more free, even if I do want to honor the Earth and partake in what's true to science.

Also, he really needs an editor. The poor formatting and many typos of this book was rather distracting, even though I consider Green to be intelligent and a good writer.
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Author 9 books19 followers
December 3, 2020
May lose a few points for brevity, and for the blog-style formatting. Much of the information can be gleaned from their website, and their Facebook group. However, it is nice to have a source to refer to, so I don't regret picking it up. This is an introduction to what it says: a largely neo-pagan practice that's based on science and honesty, and separating metaphors from reality. I really appreciate the focus on the fact that science, and philosophical atheism, don't give people what they need emotionally and psychologically, so they need vehicles for expressing their awe at the natural world and other abstractions, but in a healthy way. I look forward to more, maybe more in-depth writing on the subject, but it needs to start somewhere!
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Author 4 books9 followers
January 11, 2023
Good in parts. I liked the exploration of what it is about religions that we atheists crave, and the outline of the pillars and principles. But the group rituals and songs/ poems didn’t connect with me at all, and I was left feeling like this was maybe not for me. I have done further research and am finding ways to do individual practice but this was not really touched on in the book, it was more group rituals with fire pits, dancing, bells and robes - which all seems quite cringeworthy to me right now! But an interesting read all the same, despite the numerous typos and formatting errors …. I can recommend a good proofreader for future books :)

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9 reviews
June 13, 2021
I see what he is trying to do, but it is rather lacking in the ineffable things he's trying to describe.
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9 reviews1 follower
May 1, 2022
Wonderful, life-changing. I would, however, suggest a new/the addition of an editor for future works--typos here and there.
March 29, 2023
This author treats religious people as inherently superstitious. They're not. He treats the world as declining into a dark age of ill reason. It's not. He claims to value inclusivity, but treats religious people as flawed and inferior. They're not. I don't think he's the salvation of the world from ill reason. I think that the attitude that society is decaying and a set of scriptures must be embraced to save it is rather conservative.

When I got into the rituals section of the book... I hated it. I'm glad I don't need to do such things in my life. It sounds primitive and meaningless. The rituals remind me of social experiences that hurt, where I was pushed into positions where I didn't know how not to be rude. I don't have those social skills and I don't even want them.

I skimmed quickly through the section of songs at the back of the book. Songs to science. I guess that's novel.

It's said that the only books you truly own are the ones that you have read, and on that idea I pushed myself through this book just to have it done. I read it quickly so as not to linger on it. I come away feeling like I don't feel like I need someone to tell me how to be an atheist.
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12 reviews
May 14, 2022
As an Atheopagan myself, I found that most of this was stuff I already knew, but it was wonderful to feel connected to this and realize there are others out there who share my beliefs and experiences so closely. I do thing it is a great place to start for those getting into Atheopaganism, or for those interested in learning about it. There were some example prayers and songs and things of the sort included which did not appeal to me personally, but I am very picky about language being someone who closely links my poetry to the religion. At the very least, it's a book that brings validation and a hope for community among Atheopagans
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5 reviews
February 20, 2023
I got some good stuff out of the book but it still leaned too far into woo for me. I wish there had been more citations - it felt less academic than I was expecting/hoping.
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4 reviews5 followers
March 17, 2023
Overall I enjoyed this and resonated with a lot of it. I would have liked more individual rituals to practice myself
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