Celebrating Planet Earth, a Pagan/Christian Conversation
Pagans and Christians meet and celebrate together.
Celebrating Planet Earth, a Pagan/Christian Conversation explores the similarities and differences between these two paths. It will appeal to Pagans and Christians and students interested in making connections and bridging the divide. Issues are discussed from an academic view point with practical emphasis on personal spirituality and ritual practice.
Contributors include leading figures in British Paganism, in the Christian Forest Church movement and academics in the field of religious studies and earth-centered Christianity. These include Philip Carr-Gomm, Graham Harvey and Philip Shallcrass (Greywolf). This book integrates aspects of Pagan and Christian traditions.
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Highly recommended. This book, edited by Denise Cush, comes out of a weekend ‘conversation’ held at the Ammerdown Centre near Radstock, Somerset, England, from 31 January-2 February. Originally devised as a Druid/Christian event it was widened to include other Pagans and was intended to generate “dialogue, reconciliation and renewal”. The hope was that the participants could explore their prejudices and preconceptions, learn more about each other, and find common ground in ‘Celebrating Planet Earth’, as the event was called. The book’s contributors were all involved in the conversation. The book is aimed at Pagans and Christians interested in making connections; academics and undergraduate students in Study of Religions taking courses on inter-faith dialogue, Paganism and Christianity; and anyone with an interest in inter-faith activities. Some of the contributors are academics in the field, but as well as academic input, there is a practical emphasis on personal spirituality and ritual practice. From where I stand the ‘Celebrating Planet Earth’ more than meets its aims. It’s a feast, I felt that each contributor had thoroughly earned their place in it. ~ James Nichol, part of the review posted on his blog, also emailed to me.
"This is an important book. Actually I might even go as far as to say that this should be on the “essential reading” list for Pagans new to their path, and not simply because I am involved in the interfaith movement. This book really teaches the reader to examine Paganism in an objective and, at times, critical manner." "On the whole, it is a successful achievement as an introduction to Christian-Pagan interfaith dialogue. Very readable, filled with brilliant insight, and vigilant in highlighting the misconceptions that act as a barrier in building Christian-Pagan relationships." ~ Megan Manson, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pagantama/2016/07/27/pagan-shinto-spiritual-book-reviews-july-2016/
If you are either looking for a rich perspective on how to practically integrate these traditions or if you are involved in interfaith work, Celebrating Planet Earth is a great anthology. ~ Linda, https://theflailingdutchwoman.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/celebrating-planet-earth/