Friday, May 14, 2010

Discovered interesting Ezine for Pagan people

I should say that Nature's Child eZine discovered me. I occasionally publish mini-sites about topics I find interesting, and one is Natural Beliefs about pagan and wiccan views.

Nature's Child selected one of my articles for its quarterly publication that just went out to its 11,000+ subscribers. It was a basic informational article about common reasons people cite for choosing paganism as a religion.

I just got done reading the Summer 2010 issue of Nature's Child, which is divided into three sections: children, teens, and adults. Although I don't particularly feel the need to belong to any religious organizations, the topics covered by this publication were interesting. It includes fiction, book reviews, craft projects, herbal lore, homeschooling, and rites of passage to name a few.

A very interesting article was about the Advanced Bonewits' Cult Danger Evaluation Frame developed by Isaac Bonewits. This is a tool that can be used to examine a cult and judge its potential for danger or identify it is a likely harmless spiritual pursuit. Through questions that are answered with a numerical scoring scale, the frame seeks to separate harmless groups from dangerous groups. Among a long list of questions, topics like rigidity of dogma, level of control exerted by group leaders, isolation, and sexual favoritism are analyzed.

People interested in Pagan and Wiccan subjects or simply seeking new subjects to explore would likely find Nature's Child worth a look.