Video: Is Religion Supposed to be Explanatory?

A lot of the conversations we have about “religion” as a general concept betray underlying assumptions that all religion resembles Christianity in key ways. In this video, I dissect some of those assumptions, focusing on the idea that the function of religion is to provide explanations–whether we’re talking about the creation of the world, what happens after death, or the reasons for moral behavior. None of these apply to Wicca. I think we go a long way toward a better understanding of Wicca, and of religion in general, when we take the time to peel away cultural assumptions that come to us filtered through a particular Christian worldview.

I had some trouble with the audio for this recording. I did my best to fix it, but apologies if it’s a bit off!

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