Friday, May 26, 2006

Books, Reading and Discussion

In my never-ending quest for Pagan or Pagan-related books, I am always finding interesting websites, books and blogs. Today, my quest started on Amazon while looking for interesting books that I may want to add to my library. Of course, I found several books that I would like to read which were added to my reading list. I posted a list last year of books that I have read or am going to read and I would like to add:

Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice by Catherine Bell
The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure by Victor Turner
Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity by Roy Rappaport
Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought by Pascal Boyer
Breaking the Spell : Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett

Granted, not all these books listed above are very Pagan in nature, but I thought that each one of these could give me a perspective on the subject of religion in general which I could then relate to Paganism.

Another thing that I found is a site regarding a Pagan book club, which is a great idea but doesn't seem to have any activity since last fall. I would love to see the start of a Pagan online book club, but don't know if anybody else would be interested. I think that more discussions about the books that are commonly read in Pagan circles would help to bring on a better understanding of where Paganism is going today.

2 comments:

soleclaw said...

I would totally be into a Pagan book group! That's a wonderful idea...so many Pagan books are based on personal opinion anyway...and picking another brain about subject matter is a fun way of defining what your own beliefs are.

Sojourner said...

I would love to start one as well, but don't know who would be interested. Do you know of anyone else that would be?

There are a couple of Yahoo groups that seemed to have one going but there are hardly any posts. I really like the forum style of the one that was linked to.