The Paganism Reader
Edited by Chas Clifton, Graham Harvey
Routledge – 2004 – 400 pages
Paganism is one of the world's fastest-growing religions, practised in a huge variety of ways. The Paganism Reader provides a definitive collection of key sources in Paganism, ranging from its ancient origins to its twentieth-century reconstruction and revival. Chronologically organized sections include extracts from ancient Greek, Norse and Celtic literature, inspirational texts from the early twentieth-century, writings by leaders of the Pagan revival, and newer perspectives showing the diversity of Paganism today. Witchcraft, nature religion, shamanism and goddess worship are considered, as is the influence of environmental and feminist movements. Fully introduced, with editors' prefaces to all extracts and suggestions for further reading, this comprehensive book is an invaluable guide to Paganism and critical issues in its study.
'The end result is an overview of paganism and neo-paganism that provides some interesting insights and comparisons between ancient and modern views. Highly recommended.' - The Cauldron
'The Paganism Reader is a laudatory first attempt at summarizing via primary texts the scope of revived Paganism/Neopaganism. It will be useful not only for undergraduate and graduate courses, but undoubtedly for thoughtful Neopagans interested in the history and diversity of their worldviews.' - W. Michael Ashcraft, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions