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.

See also: Paganism, Statistics