Author(s): Graham Harvey
Paganism is among the fastest growing religions in the world. It is most commonly expressed in the celebration of seasonal festivals, such as the solstices, and through the use of 'magic'; attempts to make changes in the world or in individual consciousness. Among the number of different paths to paganism are Druidry, Wicca, Heathenry and Goddess Spirituality, all of which celebrate nature. Paganism engages with some of the chief concerns of this age: ecology and feminism for example. It draws on ancient sources but allows individuals to explore their current relevance. At its heart, Paganism encourages people to live respectfully alongside all life and not to raise humanity above any other species. Graham Harvey explores Paganism's appeal and gives a clear insight into its key beliefs.
Graham Harvey is a lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University, UK. He celebrates Pagan festivals mostly with Druid Orders and animist eco-activists, but he also celebrates Jewish festivals with his wife, Molly. His books include Listening People, Speaking Earth: Contemporary Paganism, The Paganism Reader (co-edited with Chas Clifton) and Animism.