Paganism, as a belief system, is most congruent with both current scientific advancements and the psyche of the human being as they are understood today. Archaeological and textual evidence will be examined that will suggest that paganism of whatever genre is the indigenous religion of human beings on planet earth. This course lays the foundations from early tribal belief systems to the establishment first pagan societies in the Mediterranean, Near East, Middle East, Orient and the Americas and explores some of the common beliefs across these societies. Prerequisite: P/T5090, World Religions from a Pagan Perspective, or permission of instructor.
Instructor: James Fielder, Ph.D.
Meeting time: Tuesdays, 7 p ET
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