Main Menu
Featured Events
Donate to PAN via PayPal

Enter Amount:

Current News

THE REASON FOR THE SEASON: PAGAN BOOK EXAMINES THE REALITY BEHIND CHRISTIANS AND CHRISTMAS

The Pagan Awareness Network

MEDIA RELEASE

THE REASON FOR THE SEASON: PAGAN BOOK EXAMINES THE REALITY BEHIND CHRISTIANS AND CHRISTMAS

For release 21/12/2011 2100 hrs AEDST

What do Pagans and Christians have in common? The answer: plenty - and the origins of Christmas are just the beginning. This, thanks to 'PAGANISM AND CHRISTIANITY - A Resource for Wiccans, Witches and Pagans', a new book published by the Pagan Awareness Network Incorporated (PAN).

The launch of the book was timed to coincide with the solstice, an auspicious date for followers of nature-based religions, both in ancient times and modern. December 25th, three days after the solstice, was celebrated in the Roman Empire as the feast day of Sol Invictus, marking the return of longer days and light to the world.

"Most Pagans are aware of the irony of Christians decorating Yule trees, kissing under mistletoe and giving gifts - all activities that have their origins in pre-Christian midwinter traditions," PAN President David Garland said at the launch of the book. "But this is the concise story of how the two belief-systems have entangled since the very beginnings of Christianity itself."

2011 has been a year of backlash against modern Pagan religions according to the Pagan Awareness Network, with the Catholic Church releasing a book in January warning against the 'dangers' of Wicca and witchcraft, and blaming an upsurge in demand for exorcisms on increasing interest in pre-Christian spirituality. Evangelical Christians in the USA have released similar works.

"We wanted to get to the heart of why many Christian institutions seem to have such a problem with who we are and what we do," Mr. Garland said. "In writing this book, Gavin Andrew has made an important contribution to a dialogue that for too long has been one-sided."

He added, "Next time a Pagan is faced with accusations that they worship the Devil, or engage in idolatry, or practice a religion that is inauthentic, this will help them understand why many Christians have these attitudes, and hopefully, how to respond appropriately."

'PAGANISM AND CHRISTIANITY - A Resource for Wiccans, Witches and Pagans'
is available in e-book format via Smashwords Distribution:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/114560

CONTACT

David Garland
PAN President
0413 180 973
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gavin Andrew
(Author)
0402 587 219
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Search
Join PAN