Gnoses and -isms

The Pagan Blog Project: G is for Gnoses and -isms

One thing I really like about the pagan community is that (in general) people are very accepting of others’ experiences in beliefs, even if they don’t agree with their own.  Of course, that’s also one of the main sources of contention in certain circles, especially groups that are much more lore-based rather than experience.  Usually, though, people seem to get along in a happy middle ground.

It’s really helpful to have a working knowledge of some terms, though, because otherwise you’re watching people throw these terms around without knowing what they’re talking about.  It can also be helpful as you go farther in your own path to consider the terms and find which seem to work for you.

I was going to actually write definitions out, but there was a lot of bread-baking today instead, so, yeah.  Instead I’m going to list some terms and you can do your own homework.  A lot of definitions can be found at this link, though.

  • Gnosis
  • Gnostic
  • Agnostic
  • UPG/Unverified Personal Gnosis
  • Praxis
  • Doxa
  • Theism
  • Atheism
  • Monotheism
  • Polytheism
  • Animism
  • Deism
  • Henotheism
  • Pantheism
  • Panentheism
  • Monism

Who knows, maybe in a couple of days I’ll fill them in myself. Right now it’s bedtime.


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