Reform Paganism is a new branch of the timeless tree that is Paganism. We believe that Paganism is the natural human spirituality of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, inseparable from the human heritage and—by virtue of reform—the human future.
The beginning and end of our spirituality, the very purpose of its existence, is to challenge, encourage, and support all human persons to choose thoughts and behaviors every day that lead to personal spiritual development and human flourishing.
What We Believe
For the sake of simplicity and clarity, we might outline our beliefs as follows:
- Spirituality inheres ubiquitously and invaluably in humanity; humanity is inseparable from spirituality. (See also: “Universalism” and “Mysticism”.)
- All of humanity, including human spirituality, arises from, exists within, and belongs to Nature. (See also: “Naturalism”, “Realism”, and “Nontheism”.)
- All forms of spirituality, to the extent they accord with Nature, have something to teach us. (See also: “Unitarianism” and “Syncretism”.)
- Spirituality should unite humans as humans, not divide us or set any of us against, above, or below any others. (See also: “Nonsectarianism”, “Egalitarianism”, and “Integrationism”.)
- Spiritual knowledge is direct, free, open, and practical. (See also: “Transcendentalism” and “Exotericism”.)
- Spirituality should figure in and enliven all aspects of our individual lives. (See also: “Holism” and “Sacramentalism”.)
- Spirituality is a choice that must be made personally, actively, and continually. (See also: “Regenerationism”.)
What Makes Us Unique
We find excitement in the age-old human truths that enliven and continually renew Paganism, making it as accessible and relevant today and tomorrow as it has ever been.
Though we’re a faith firmly rooted in the human experience, we don’t call ourselves “humanistic Pagans”, “humanist Pagans”, or “Pagan humanists” because our faith is, rather, nature-centric.
Though we reject superstition and profess nontheism, we don’t call ourselves “atheistic Pagans”, “atheo-Pagans”, or “Pagan atheists” because our faith is rooted in the deeper, broader, and richer ideas of reform and renewal.
And we don’t call our faith “spiritual naturalism” or “natural spirituality” because, though we certainly do believe our faith is the most natural human spirituality, we are, first and foremost, Pagan.
We characterize our faith by reference to fifteen principles, five of Paganism and ten of Reformism, which are described on the fifteen pages to which this page links in the vertical navigation bar on the left-hand side of this page.