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Religion is a concept of the cause, reality, and purpose of the universe, and a conscious attempt to attain harmony with that reality and aid that purpose.

There are as many definitions of religion as there are commentaries on the subject, and we are exercising the usual prerogative of redefining the word. By this broad definition, we place all concepts of the universe, including those offered by Western science and Western philosophy, as well as those based on beliefs in god- creatures, in one category.

 This enables us to look at all men's purposes from the same perspective. Locating a real point for that perspective is one of our major concerns. The Emotional Color of Paganism.


This is a book of religion. It recognizes the major institutional religions of the world, but its purpose is not simply to give condensed information about them in such broad generalities as to be acceptable to all. Nor is its purpose to ride the tide of current religious thought by deftly mixing and turning about the beliefs of various religions, throwing on them facets of colored light, like a kaleidoscope, in the hope of bringing a feeling of "ecstatic radiance" to the devoutly confused.

Its purpose is to examine the validity of concepts, the direction, and efficacy of men's purpose, and, finally, to set forth a systematic concept of the universe, together with a morality derived from that concept, as the basis for living religion. This religion is called Pagan.


It is not consciously evolved from the fragmentary remains of what was once called paganism, and what is now neatly entombed under headings of Greek, Roman, German, Scandinavian, Chinese, Japanese, and early Indian "mythology." It takes the name Pagan not because its concepts are obviously those of the pagan era but in acknowledgment of its spiritual heritage.

The concepts contained in religions that were once dynamic enough to act as evolutionary catalysts in the development of Indo-European man have been mutilated and distorted by writers with dogmatically fixed perspectives until their remains are placed alongside Mother Goose Tales without offending the general sense of propriety. We could perhaps reconstruct something of great significance from these mutilated conceptual fragments, that children now keep in their toy boxes, as a paleontologist reconstructs pre-historic animals from two teeth and a splinter of jawbone found among the assortment of ornaments on the necklace of a savage. But we are content to let the portions of the past that are dead remain dead. This is a book about living religion, not dead mythology.


Contents of the book:
Part I Orientation.

 Definition of Religion The Emotional Color of Paganism The Barbarian Attitude Our Interest in Religions The Nature of Religions The Existent Religious Cultural Forces The analytical and introspective religions Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism Taoism Shinto Western Science The Religions of Expedient Ethics Confucianism Ethical Christian-Democracy The Dogmatic Religions Judaism Christianity Mohammedanism Popular Materialism Western Philosophy 

Part II Concept.

 Concepts of Knowing and Sources of Knowledge. The Six Disciplines of Man's Being The First Discipline. Awareness The Universe of Time The Second Discipline. Objectivation of Awareness The Universe of Space. The Third Discipline. Automation of the Subconscious Matter. The Fourth Discipline. Abdication of Control Organic Life. The Fifth Discipline. Assurance of Diversity Sex. The Sixth Discipline. Approbation of Diversity Man. A Speculation Regarding Further Disciplines The Pagan Concept of Reality Viewed from the perspectives of Christianity, Western Psychology and Western Science. 


Part III Being. 

The Pagan Concept of the Good Life The First Stratum of Being The Second Stratum of Being The Third Stratum of Being The Fourth Stratum of Being The Fifth Stratum of Being The Sixth Stratum of Being The Problem of Creating a Pagan Society.




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Author: Melvin Gorham 
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