Hello there, and welcome to the Integrational Polytheism site. Recent additions to the site are listed below, please click here to find out what Integrational Polytheism is all about.
Fairly recent additions to the site include My rant about Christmas and my article about Easter. I also added a couple more links to the links page, and of course, there's a lot of interesting discussion going on in the Integrational Polytheism discussion forums.
Religion is usually a fairly exclusive thing. You don't usually get 'religion enthusiasts'. What i mean by that is, if someone is enthused about a religion, they are often pretty closed about any other religions. If you go, for example to a website about food, you might expect to see items about many kinds of foods and if you visit a website about amphibians, you could reasonably expect to find information about a wide range of different creatures. Not so with religions. If you visit a religious website you will usually be confronted with one set of doctrines, one set of rules and one pantheon of gods (or more fashionably just the one god).
This website represents a new religion which is not hidebound by any of the things which have traditionally made people uneasy about religion. Basically Integrational Polytheism allows you to decide entirely for yourself what your preferred religious beliefs will be. You do not need to donate or sacrifice anything, fear anything or anybody. The only thing you commit yourself to when adopting this new religion is keeping an open mind. So, what makes this religion different from any other religion, then?
Polytheism means a religious situation which allows for the worship of several gods. This idea is not, of itself, a new one. In fact polytheism has probably been around longer than monotheism (a scenario where the existence of only one god is admitted to). The ancient Greeks had a polytheistic religion, as did the Norse. Hinduism is an example of a polytheistic religion that is still upheld in many parts of the world. Religions which cast heavenly bodies or natural phenomena as divine spirits are polytheistic as well, since they allow for the worship of more than one entity.
Integrational Polytheism takes the concept of polytheism one step further than other polytheistic religions. These religions, while allowing for more than one god, and in some cases allowing for the discovery of even more new gods, still do not usually allow for the existence of all gods. For example, those who believe Zeus exists will most likely not concede to the existence of Wotan and vice versa. A believer in Wotan and a believer in Zeus may be able to agree that the two names ultimately represent the same god (in the same way that many claim that Jehovah and Allah are different names for the same god), however a closer examination shows us that Wotan and Zeus have different personalities and different aspects from each other, so this has more to do with a need for reconciliation between followers of differing religions than any real heartfelt conviction that Wotan and Zeus are actually the same guy.
If you are in any doubt whatsoever about what Integrational Polytheism is all about, i would urge you to read the Frequently Asked Questions page and the Doctrines page. I hope you can gain something from this site, and this religion.
Page Last updated on the 20th March 2003