Reasonable Paganism

A Logical Framework for Pagan Belief and Practice

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Reasonable Paganism aims to be a work of serious pagan philosophy. It aims to provide a logical framework for contemporary pagan belief and practice. It provides an alternative to those paganisms which are irrational, anti-scientific, and trapped in a Christian conception of the occult. If paganism wants to flourish today, it needs to gain philosophical maturity. Reasonable Paganism offers one path to that maturity.


0. Preface

1. Concentrating

  • 1. Digital Platonism
  • 2. We Welcome Everybody
  • 3. Concentrating Rituals
  • 4. The Progression of Elements

2. Water: The Zero is Non-Being

  • 1. Pagan Origin Myths
  • 2. Peirce: The Self-Negation of Non-Being
  • 3. The Abyss of Non-Being
  • 4. Materiality and Evil
  • 5. Fathomless Depths of Power

3. Earth: The Ground of Being

  • 1. The One is Being-Itself
  • 2. The Ontic and the Ontological
  • 3. The Logical Analysis of Being-Itself
  • 4. The Two Ways of Anti-Negativity
  • 5. The Earth Emerges from the Sea

4. The Priority of the One

  • 1. The Lowest One
  • 2. The Wiccan Ultimate Source
  • 3. Altars and Sacrifices
  • 4. From Running to Cannabis

5. From the One to the Two

  • 1. The Androgynous Dyad
  • 2. Reasoning without any Reasoner
  • 3. Emanating the First Beings
  • 4. All the Air in the Abstract Sky

6. Air: The Logic of Existence

  • 1. The Laws of Logic
  • 2. Propositions Emanate Objects
  • 3. Reasons For and Reasons Against
  • 4. The Rational Ordering of Existence

7. From Simplicity to Sets

  • 1. The Simple Initial Object
  • 2. Distinct Copies Do Not Exist
  • 3. Reasons Against Regressions
  • 4. Every Many has its One
  • 5. The Iterations of Objects

8. The Axis of the World

  • 1. The Axis Mundi
  • 2. The Evolution of Numbers
  • 3. From the Finite to the Infinite
  • 4. The Incantation for Numbers
  • 5. The Star of Numbers

9. The Sky of Sets

  • 1. Selections and Rejections
  • 2. The Stack of Power Sets
  • 3. The Incantation for Sets
  • 4. The Axioms of Set Theory
  • 5. Intrinsic Value is Distance from the One

10. Mathematical Physics

  • 1. Intrinsic Value is Distance from the One
  • 2. The Unfolding of the One
  • 3. Sacred Arithmetic and Sacred Geometry

11. Unfolding

  • 1. The Incantation for Strings
  • 2. Axioms for Digital Agents
  • 3. All Mathematically Possible Universes
  • 4. Biological and Cosmic Programs

12. The Sapwood

  • 1. Arguments for Animation
  • 2. From Intrinsic Value to Complexity
  • 3. The Comparative Values of Universes
  • 4. Seeds and Skulls
  • 5. The Incantation for Seeds

13. Fire: The One Animates the Seeds

  • 1. The Animation of Programs
  • 2. The Sources of Animating Reasons
  • 3. The Logic of Animation
  • 4. The Incantation for Animations
  • 5. The Worlds and their Blazes
  • 6. Fire Fills the Abstract Sky

14. The World Tree

  • 1. The Stoic Conception of Fire-Energy
  • 2. Fire-Energy Animates the Cosmic Seeds
  • 3. Animated Seeds Manifest Cosmic Computers
  • 4. The Incantation for Demiurges
  • 5. The Biocosmic Analogy

15. The Sexual Aspects of Fire-Energy

  • 1. The Hierogamy of Zeus and Hera
  • 2. The Closing and Opening Powers
  • 3. The Gynomic and Andromic Powers
  • 4. The Wiccan God and Goddess

16. Fire-Energy at Work

  • 1. Networks of Connected Dots
  • 2. The Emergence of Physical Presence
  • 3. The Incantation for Universes
  • 4. This Tree Stands in Flames
  • 5. Universes are Agents

17. The Counterparts

  • 1. Things Surpass Themselves
  • 2. Plotinus: The Lower and Higher Universes
  • 3. Little Trees inside the Big World Tree
  • 4. The Incantation for Things
  • 5. Possible Futures

18. The First Universes

  • 1. A Modernized Great Chain
  • 2. The Simple Universes
  • 3. The Geometrical Universes
  • 4. The Emergence of Simple Particles
  • 5. The Natural Obligation to Self-Organize

19. Physical Complexity

  • 1. The Physical Universes
  • 2. The Emergence of Physical Bonds
  • 3. The Emergence of Wholes
  • 4. The Emergence of Atoms

20. Chemical Complexity

  • 1. The Emergence of Molecules
  • 2. The Thermodynamics of Self-Organization
  • 3. Self-Maintaining and Self-Adaptive Systems
  • 4. The Emergence of Functions
  • 5. The Emergence of Biochemistry

21. Biological Complexity

  • 1. Ancient Evolutionary Theories
  • 2. Unicellular Organisms
  • 3. Multicellular Organisms
  • 4. Better Parts Make Better Wholes
  • 5. How Optimization Permits Conflicts

22. Social Complexity

  • 1. Organisms Cooperate
  • 2. Societies of Complex Organisms
  • 3. The Categorical Imperative for Social Agents
  • 4. Virtuous and Vicious Conflicts
  • 5. The Triumph of Goodness over Evil

23. On Casting Spells

  • 1. Purely Semiotic Causality
  • 2. The Effectiveness of Magic
  • 3. The Grimoires at Universes

24. Birth and Fate

  • 1. Welcome to Our Universe
  • 2. The Influences of the Stars
  • 3. The Influences of Your Genes
  • 4. The Influences of Your Season of Birth

25. Mind-Craft: Stoicism

  • 1. From Duties to Virtues
  • 2. The Stoic Workout
  • 3. Sources of Adversity for Stoic Training
  • 4. The Virtuous Person
  • 5. The Stoic Moral Compass

26. Mind-Craft: Stoic Exercises

  • 1. Stoicism Old and New
  • 2. Stoic Mind-Craft Practices
  • 3. Mindfulness Meditation
  • 4. Working towards an Ideal Self

27. Sign-Craft: The Body and the Soul

  • 1. The Soul is the Form of the Body
  • 2. Matter is Functional Impairment
  • 3. The Accumulation of Errors

28. Sign-Craft: Techno-Theurgy

  • 1. The Craft of Self-Surpassing
  • 2. Techno-Theurgy Corrects Bodies
  • 3. Techno-Theurgy Enhances Bodies

29. Sign-Craft: Magic

  • 1. How Magic Works
  • 2. An Illustration of Magic
  • 3. The Rationality of Magic

30. Benefactors

  • 1. Exchanges of Food and Grooming
  • 2. Reciprocate Food with Grooming Avatars
  • 3. Teleonomic Benefactors

31. Giving Thanks

  • 1. Giving Thanks to Evolution
  • 2. Giving Thanks to our Sun
  • 3. Giving Thanks to Deep Agents
  • 4. Atheistic Contemplative Prayer

32. The Wheel of the Year

  • 1. The Solar Holidays
  • 2. Celebrating the Solar Holidays
  • 3. The Common Liturgy
  • 4. The Great Cycles of Nature

33. Fire-Craft: Sacrifices

  • 1. Sacrificial Offerings to the Good
  • 2. Simulating Personal Rebirth
  • 3. Simulating Cosmic Rebirth

34. Ancient Reincarnation

  • 1. Ancient Arguments for Reincarnation
  • 2. Retributive Karma
  • 3. Problems with Retributive Karma
  • 4. Wiccan Reincarnation

35. Naturalizing Reincarnation

  • 1. Arguments for Rebirth
  • 2. The Emergence of Karmic Laws
  • 3. Karmic Laws for Humans
  • 4. Rituals for Accelerating Your Ascent
  • 5. The Incantation for Your Lives

36. The Divine Animals

  • 1. The Deities are Animals
  • 2. The Deities are Superhuman Animals
  • 3. Possible Future Superhuman Aimals
  • 4. Many Future Divine Animals

37. Divine-Craft: Becoming Divine

  • 1. Humans Becoming Divine Animals
  • 2. The Ways of Biotechnical Evolution
  • 3. The Way of Cosmological Evolution
  • 4. The Superhuman Universes

38. Divine-Craft: The Ranks of Bodies

  • 1. Transhuman Bodies
  • 2. Heroic Bodies
  • 3. Daimonic Bodies
  • 4. Olympian Bodies
  • 5. Celestial Bodies
  • 6. Holographic Bodies

39. Divine-Craft: Future Deities

  • 1. Evolving Divine Animals
  • 2. Unsurpassable Sequences of Surpassable Bodies
  • 3. The Stars are Ideals
  • 4. With Your Arms Upstretched

40. Shape-Craft: Shifting

  • 1. Simulating Greater Selves
  • 2. Shifting via Theurgical Rituals
  • 3. Shifting via Ecstatic Dancing

41. The Perfect Bodies

  • 1. Ancient Divine Minds
  • 2. Plotinus: The Infinite Holographic Mind
  • 3. Progressions of Finite Omega Points
  • 4. Progressions of Infinite Omega Points
  • 5. The Perfect Ecosystem

42. Light: The Good

  • 1. The Good is Not the One
  • 2. The Holy Light of an Unsurpassable Fire
  • 3. The Sun Illuminates the Earth
  • 4. The Sky is Filled with Stars
  • 5. Mystical Experience

43. Light-Craft: Psychedelic Shifting

  • 1. Modernizing the Mysteries
  • 2. A Network Enchanted by Fire-Energy
  • 3. Hallucinatory Journeys through Logical Space
  • 4. Purging and Ego Dissolution
  • 5. Transformational Experience

44. The Sun and the Stars

  • 1. Striving for Divinity
  • 2. The Plurality of Perfections
  • 3. The Pentacle

45. Releasing


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