By Star Foster
Have you ever read the Nicene Creed? It’s an affirmation of the theological concepts of one type of Christian orthodoxy. What about the Shahada? It’s an affirmation of the principal theological concept in Islam. The Shem Yisrael is yet another creedal affirmation of a theological concept.
We don’t generally have an equivalent in Paganism. Theology isn’t as important to us as action, as practice. We don’t generally tolerate people telling us we believe wrong. We are more than happy to point out that someone practices wrong.
[Snip] Yet we are reaching a point in our history where beliefs do matter. I’ve written before that there already is a Pagan orthodoxy, a standard of right belief, that anyone who chooses to use this label will be judged by. We saw it with the furor over Z. Budapest excluding trans-women from her exclusively female rituals. Instead of saying “not my belief, not my ritual, not my concern” she was essentially shut out of a national Pagan event.