What the hold in common is they hold the Earth and nature as sacred. They use Gods and Goddesses, but for the most part they are considered different facets of nature. There are no sacred books or a person held has a sacred or guru. There is no central authority, other than what needed to organize rituals and activities, such as festivals. Learning comes from experience and many different sources. If you go into a book store you will see hundreds of books on Neo Pagan paths. The thought is there are many paths to the divine and each must find their own way. We don't seek converts, people come to us looking for spiritual guidance and looking for a greater connection with nature.
So when people tell me Neo Paganism is not a religion, I say, is Christianity a religion, is Islam a religion, is Hinduism a religion? There many different kinds of them and they usually have a spiritual component in them. They say it is a spiritual path, but if you look up the definition of Religion and Spirituality they are not that far apart.
The problem is by saying it is not a religion it loses the protection other religion have under the law.
Edited by GreenmansGod, 02 February 2014 - 01:12 AM.