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Join our huge and varied Pagan, Heathen, Wiccan, Reconstructionist, Indigenous, spiritual and magical groups in education and celebration February 2016 in San Jose, CA. More information can be found about the conference at www.pantheacon.com

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Monday, February 20 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Earthseed: Uses of Fiction in Spiritual Belief and Practice

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Using numerous examples drawn from books, film, and tv as well as recent scholarship on "invented religions," we will engage in a lively discussion on the role of fiction in spiritual belief and practice. Special attention will be given to African-American Science Fiction author Octavia Butler's "Earthseed" religion. Issues for discussion will include the nature of religion (and cultural assumptions about "real religions"), authenticity, identity, and the role of the imaginal world. Attendees will be encouraged to give examples from their own experiences.


Patrick Reeves

Patrick Reeves, PhD, is a spiritually eclectic scholar and professor of the history of religions. An avid reader in all forms of speculative literature, he's particularly interested in how myth (which comes to the modern west as literature) and imaginative literature shape spiritual... Read More →

Monday February 20, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am PST
San Carlos