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PaganNewsBeagle Airy Monday December 1

The PaganNewsBeagle took off last week (our internet went down!) but we are back in the saddle. In today's Airy Monday segment, we concentrate on academic issues of interest to Pagans and their allies. Magpie Wicca?; degrees of British traditional Wicca; Pagans and the land; Novo Religio (an academic magazine devoted to New Religious Movements); the World Religions and Spirituality Project.

Is Wicca inherently syncretic? Sable Aradia says "yes!" and offers ideas as to the difference Wicca's borrowing of ideas from many paths makes in inter-Pagan relations.

Deborah Snavely writes persuasively on the degree structure of British Traditional Wicca, and how it relates to medieval guilds in this first of a series of guest posts on Jason Mankey's blog "Raising the Horns."

Interested in the academic discussion of Pagan connection to the Land? You're in luck, as Cherry Hill's lovely small book "Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes" is now available in print and digital versions. Pagan blogger Chas Clifton reviews the book.

A new edition of "Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions" published in August includes several articles of interest to Pagans. Here's a link to the table of contents.

Of interest to Pagan academics: the World Religions and Spirituality project is accepting articles and interviews from a variety of contemporary faiths. This project is headquartered at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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