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The Religious Landscape

Why do we find it necessary to explain our beliefs by contrasting them with the majority religions of this age? One part of the answer is that most of us had come to Heathenism after leaving one of the monotheistic religions. At this time – 2008 CE – the majority of new Heathens are former Christians. Granted that we have a second and even third generation that are being born into Heathenism, but their numbers are small. Even if we were to become a major religion by the end of this century, we would still be acquiring many members who had previously belonged to another religion.

Whether we remain a minor religion or become a major one, we will be dealing with monotheistic religious concepts for at least the next two hundred years. JudeoChristian concepts have become established norms within our society. They are staples of literature, entertainment and the vernacular lexicon. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find a genre that does not contain some element of the conventional monotheistic beliefs. The only way to avoid them would be to isolate ourselves from society. As that is not a viable option, we will have to deal with them.

Read the original article at: Uncle Thors Lessons

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