So, what's the problem with all this Episcopalians dressing up as Druids? I admit, it seems in bad taste, like mixing Christian stripes with Druid plaid, or wearing vestments from two different seasons. But my religious sensibility isn't as offended as, say, watching people chant the "Bush Pledge" at a rally.
It might simply be that Episcopal bishops simply are at a loss to respond to these new religions. They are correct to note that these religions are not the same as the religions that offended the Israelites. I agree with conservatives that these religions are... inaccurate in their representation of reality. For example, monotheism is feminist as it prioritizes agency, a God that wants me to act, over gender, a god that makes me act in a engendered way.
And what is paganism? Is it worshipping nature? Or is it worshipping gods with long welsh names? Or do pagans also worship the old Gods, like Zeus? Or is there a unifying God behind nature? I just don't know much about it.
And, I don't think that bishops know. I think that they know, however, that modern nature religions are a bit different than the idolotrous religions in scripture. They probably know that nature religions have a long history in the US.
Jesus did not seem to care about pantheism or panentheism.
Jesus and the Israelites were not battling the play of the bored getting naked - although the first Christians did get naked and slather themselves with perfumed oil - they were fighting the religion of empire.
I suspect that the druids were not too happy about the Romans either. Maybe both Christianity and the European nature religions may have had common cause against the rape and exploitation that exemplified the empire.
Maybe a truth of modern paganism that might be a corrective to the dominion strand of Christianity is its recognition that we cannot truly control God's creation - the earth. If pagans teach Christians a bit more ecological humility I'm glad for the correction. Of course, the Union of Concerned Scientists have also been demanding a little more humility for a long time.
But wait - Christians are already called to be good stewards and walk humbly.
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