Pagan Portals - Polytheism: A Platonic Approach
By: Steven Dillon - Moon Books, $12.95
Description: Scattered articles, impenetrable vocabularies; until now there has yet to be a single volume that shows what all things look like in the big picture from a polytheist perspective.
Pagan Portals - Polytheism: A Platonic Approach fills that gap. Drawing on the wisdom of the Platonistís, this book gives the reader a comprehensive, unified and accessible tour of reality, from the rather innocuous assumption that something is beyond Nature to the profound and thunderous unraveling of all things from the Gods.
Verdict: For those unaware, Polytheism is the belief in multiple deities, which are usually assembled into a pantheon of gods and goddesses, along with their own religious sects and rituals. Polytheism is a type of theism. Within theism, it contrasts with monotheism, the belief in a singular God, in most cases transcendent.
Though Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are monotheistic (see monotheism), most other religions throughout history have been polytheistic. The numerous gods may be dominated by a supreme god or by a small group of powerful gods.
The gods originated as abstractions of the forces of nature such as the sky or the sea and of human and social functions such as love, war, marriage, or the arts.
In many religions the sky god is powerful and all-knowing (ie: Dievs), and the earth goddess is maternal and associated with fertility. Gods of death and the underworld (ie: Osiris and Hel) are also important. In addition to many gods, polytheistic religions generally also include malevolent or benevolent spiritual forces or powers.
Ergo, Steven Dillonís new book Pagan Portals - Polytheism: A Platonic Approach, is a rather wondrous work of heartfelt prose that takes on the big questions about the Gods and the world in a way that will be useful to polytheists in any tradition; or to seekers just trying to understand a polytheistic worldview.
Simply put, this is the kind of book that those interested at an early age would have killed for when they had begun looking into polytheism ie: a pithy and informal presentation of the gist of a polytheist worldview, what it all looks like in the big picture: the Gods, the world and us.
Running at less than 80 pages, it may well be a brisk read, and one that is wholly not a presentation of its history or the practices and beliefs of this or that polytheist religion, but of the idea of polytheism itself and what it implies about everything else, but it is most definitely one that keeps the reader enthralled from start to finish.
Whether they be of the mind of the author or someone just popping in to see what all the noise is about, each and every reader will most assuredly leave with a clearer mind on the subject and, hopefully, some questions that still need answering.
About the Author - Steven Dillon has been a practicing polytheist and a pagan author and philosopher for over 10 years.
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