I’ll be doing my own research, but there is almost /too/ much different information on the internet for just wanting a basic or general concept.
Also, what are some specific earth-based religions?
I don’t know what you mean by earth based religion. Some people call humanism a religion. I disagree but if you want a concise, easy to read summary of humanist beliefs try here:
Are you looking for neo-pagan or earth-based religions? How are you defining “earth-based”? Many of the world’s religions could qualify if it simply means a respect for the beauty of the earth and its creatures. What qualities define a religion as “earth-based” as opposed to a religion that is not earth-based?
If you mean neo-pagan religions, Wicca is the most well-known. But there is also Shamanism (classical and core), various Druidry traditions, and many reconstructionist religions such as Asatru, Hellenism, Kemeticism, Celtic Reconstructionism, Romuva, and Slavic, Canaanite, and Baltic Reconstructionism. There are also a number of people who do not have a formal name for the path that they follow.
Each of these groups are significantly different from the others and there is little common ground other than they do not practice an Abrahamic religion.
Respect all life/ nature. And the most basic which, I think has been adopted by most Pagans is the Wiccan Rede (coined by Gerald Gardner) “And it harm none, do what ye will”. Some may also say the “three-fold law” which states that whatever energy you put out into the world will come back to you three fold….basically Karma.
BTW – All Wiccans are Pagan but not all Pagans are Wiccan and Wicca is but one of many “earth-based” religions. The link below is a very good place to start your research.
I am on the outskirts of town , so it is semi rural but in a housing development not a very nice place to live …. but two minutes from country side though and my walks each day keep me connected , just a short walk , through the fields where others would take the main road I walk on the grass even where there are paths I walk through the trees and take my time instead of rushing it amazes me how many people take the main roads and ignore what is around them
basic beleifs for an earth based relgion for me as apagan it is as follows:
respect everything in my environment and honor it as with out it i could not exist as i do now.
that may sound exceptionally simplistic , but it is when you consider EVERYTHING in my enviroment it is exceptionally complex.
earth based beleifs respect all, and frankly alot of the Deity based beleif systems dont really do this.
I teach mychildren from an extremely young age tollerance is the most important attribute they can possess. one of my funniest recollections of how this impacted on them was when my then 2 year came running into the kitchen and said mummy so and so just hurt the tree .i asked her if made him tell the tree sorry ,she stood there with a very indignant look on her face and very loudly , OF COURSE . apparently she made this 4 year old hug the tree and say sorry for pulling the branch off it . i had to stop myselfl aughing it was gorgous . but to me i am imparting a love and apreciation of all things by doing this.
Most religion is man centered not God centered. Most religion advocates the doing of good deeds in order to make yourself acceptable to the God they have created. Earth based religion is no different Wiccans, New Agers etc. The fact is everyone is filthy in sin so no matter what you do you can’t get to heaven on your own merit. Even Mother Teresa can’t get in by her good works (sorry) she’s a sinner too.
The only way in is to come to the God who is, and to come his way.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
This is not what most people want to hear, however we should be greatful there is any way at all.
The basis for all the “Earth-Based” religions I know out there today is the age old concept of Pantheism… God in everything, everything is God. (gods, goddess…. the differences after that is in terminology)
I have to agree with Pagan Poetess.
Fantastic answer, Blessed Be, Pagan Poetess. )0(
“earth-based”?? As against Mars based?
LOVE GIVE IT SHARE IT RESPECT YOURSELF ENOUGH TO LOVE WHO YOU ARE.
BELIEVE NOT ONLY WHAT YOU READ OR SEE BUT WHAT YOU ARE GIVEN – GOD ‘S GIFTS ARE MANY NOT ALWAYS WHAT YOU EXPECT.
SEEK HIM ALWAYS