This entry is also posted on the Grove forum, asthefiretree
(there are enough people who read this journal but not that one that may find this interesting food for thought.) and possibly The ADF discussion list. With a couple of lines cut out that are only really relevant to grove-specific discussion)
One thought that I'm adding to this journal that wasn't in the rest of the cross-posts- Many people read my journal. Of different faiths and the ack thereof. As with any of my other posts on religion...really, as with any of my other posts...please feel free to discuss, debate and dissent, but do so in the civil and respectful manner in which I know you would even if I didn't ask you to!
a·pol·o·get·ics ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-pl-jtks)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
1. The branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines.
2. Formal argumentation in defense of something, such as a position or system.
So today at the Grove, I had in hand a copy of Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements: Goddess Worship, Witchcraft And Neo-Paganism by Craig S Hawkins. This is basically an outline for Evangelical Christians to study for guidance on how to witness to pagans. Several poeple took some degree of interest to perusing this bok, and there was some on and off discussion from this ranging from..."how do we respond to the points, claims and issues raised by those Christians who prostheletize to us"? To "How can we use this in the event that these questions are raised in a public forum?"
Now...glaring errors and humorous misconceptions aside...
This is definitely information that we can all arm ourselves with, because we all encounter the occasional individual, quite eager to share the Good News, and some of us will just say "No Thanks!" and walk away, but others actually enjoy the occasional discussion and debate if circumstances allow.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you never know when you may be in some public forum and questions come up. Let's say you decide to go to some Big Olde Publick Paganne Ritual(TM) and the media decides to drop by and talk to people...and they pick you, Joe Pagan to interview. For the sake of this discussion, you're answering their questions. Do you know how you would answer such questions as...
What is ADF?
What is Druidry?
What is Paganism?
How/When/Why did you get involved?
What generated your interest in the first place?
Why are you stil involved?
What benefit do you get from it?
What needs do you feel it meets in your life?
Who/what do you worship?
What do you like most about it?
What do you like least about it?
Now...what about a few more questions, less neutral than the others
How do you know that Druidry (Wicca, paganism, whatever) is true?
How do you define truth?
How do you know what is true?
How do you know that Christianity is not true?
What would convince you- if anything would- that Druidry (or whatever you follow) is not true, or that Christianity is true?
Do you think we should all be able to give some sort of uniform- or at least similar- answer to questions like What is ADF? What is Druidry? What is paganism?
This is quite a list to start out with. I'll leave you to mull it over and discuss.