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Engaging and thoughtful 5 Dec. 2012
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
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This thoughtful and comprehensive book takes readers on a tour of the evolving theologies of the contemporary Pagan movement. Although the concept of Pagan theology is often questioned both by those studying Pagans (because of the movement's tremendous diversity) and Pagans themselves (because of a resistance to the concept of orthodoxy), Kraemer offers a convincing argument that there are a number of traits defining Paganism, most of which are shared by most Pagans. She is careful to document the wide variety of approaches to the sacred and to honor Paganism's focus on *doing* theology -- through embodied practice -- rather than just thinking it.

In addition to offering definitive information on what Pagans believe to academics, religious studies teachers, and interfaith leaders, this book -- whose author is a practitioner herself -- offers practicing Pagans a way to engage the tools of theology to further develop and discuss their own personal theologies.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Surprising read! 19 Aug. 2013
By Ari - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this when a small group of Pagan women I belong to online decided to read it. We were all surprised and pleased with this book. Easy to read, but still, written by a religious scholar, we learned terms for our beliefs we either didn't know or didn't really understand before. Most of us felt the book helped us to define our beliefs to ourselves in ways we never attempted. Some of us were challenged into some serious thought and soul-searching.

I would put this on my list of necessary reads for anyone claiming any Pagan religious expression as their own. Most of us agreed there were problems with the second chapter - not in content, but in a preaching 'you must' sort of attitude that I and others found unpleasant. It wasn't repeated elsewhere in the book and the information in that chapter was too valuable to skip over the chapter. That was the only reason this book got 4 instead of 5 stars from me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good introduction 3 Jan. 2013
By S. Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
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Seeking the Mystery is exactly what it claims to be: an *introduction* to Pagan Theologies. Kraemer lays out all the most important basics to understand what "theology" means in a Pagan religion. In fact, reading this book helped me understand my own theology a little better, but putting a name to the various beliefs I've held for years without knowing there were names for them.

While I could wish there were some more exploration of certain terms and thoughts, I understand why Kraemer chose not to do so; again, this is an introduction, not a thorough exploration.

The only thing about this book I didn't like has nothing to do with the writing or the information presented. In this ebook edition, many of the footnote definitions of words or terms are repeated. I don't need a definition of "Wicca" or "polytheism" five times, I only need it once. However, this is a formatting issue, and may have more to do with the publisher than with the writer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Informative, Accessible, Passionate, and SANE 11 Aug. 2013
By A. David Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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Kraemer uses plain language and what might be considered surprising calm and directness in unpacking the complex and (truly!) mysterious world of modern Paganism, for which she has obviously great (but tempered) passion, for readers. This book never forgets its audience, always maintaining an even-handed, even keel on its course through this uncharted sea for many. Stereotypes are addressed, differences are recognized, and the evolving energy of the faithful is maintained. I could not recommend this book more nor, as a non-Pagan colleague of Kraemer, be more proud than to experience this work!
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Clear, comprehensive and complete. 22 April 2013
By Ziu Cammelu - Published on Amazon.com
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Is paganism a creedal phenomenon? Do pagans need a creed? What do we believe?

This text introcuces to all the themes and streams of pagan cultures, encompassing all of them in a comprehensive analysis.

Do not expect rituals and history, this is a great text if you want to discuss paganism in theological or filosofical terms, or just want to have a better understanding of your personal creed.

Definitely a must for interfaith studies.
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