The authority of intimacy in Paganism and goddess spirituality

Harvey, Graham (1996). The authority of intimacy in Paganism and goddess spirituality. Diskus: The journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR), 4(1) pp. 34–48.



Contemporary Paganism and Goddess Spirituality are most distinctive in celebrating nature (inclusive of the earth and the body) rather than denigrating it in favour of 'spirit'. They are also distinctive in their positive valuation of women, females and the feminine. This paper situates their sources and expressions of authority in intimacy (relationship or neighbourliness) with the various realities and experiences of embodied life. Supernatural and hierarchical claims to authority are refused

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