On Thu, 1 May 1997, Sharon Smith Hurlburt wrote:
> O.K., Neil. What do you actually know about Modern Paganism?
> who is going to starting yelling really loud if she gets told once more "Oh,
> you're only doing this to rebel" (I'm a High Prietess for Goddess sakes! I
> would think that would imply some sort of mature reasoning on my part.)
I'm not going to get into a slanging-match with you, Sharon. I only
happen to think that a good many phenomena that appear "spiritual" to
many people are readily explainable in social terms -- and if you
disagree, what can I say to that? You know how I feel, I know how you
feel, and it would be stale and unprofitable to take it further than that.
Just as a clarification, tho', I'm not saying that you're "doing it
to rebel". You're not a teenager. I'm only saying that your choice of
religion is to some extent dictated by your background and upbringing.
This is no more controversial than pointing out that a religious person
in Texas is more likely to be a Christian than one in Iran would be -- it
doesn't mean that I'm accusing the Texan of rebelling against Islam.