June 26, 2008

Author: Electa Draper

Source: The Denver Post,0,6813789.story

Give them that old-time religion — ancient religion — and then watch an exploding population of modern Pagans give it a contemporary twist.

The number of Neopagans roughly doubles about every 18 months in the United States, Canada and Europe, according to the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.

Neopaganism, whether a careful reconstruction of ancient practice or a completely modern interpretation of ancient lore, is among the country's fastest-growing religions.

People, especially teens, are rejecting what they see as the "autocracy, paternalism, sexism, homophobia and insensitivity to the environment" of more traditional religions, the Ontario Consultants conclude.