Patheos.com which is a huge site showcasing blogs on All religious persuasions (see their blog list) has posted a link to 3 articles on 25 Most Influential People in the Birth of Modern Paganism written by Jason Mankey of the Raise the Horns blog. To quote from his blog:
“Paganism has been influenced by countless people over the past 200 years, but only twenty-five of them made my list. This installment looks at ten Europeans who made invaluable contributions to Modern Paganism. Part two of this series look at eleven Americans who also played a large role in Paganism’s rebirth. The third and final installment is a “Top 5″ list and contains all the people you thought would be in this post.”
“Only numbers five through one are listed in sequence, the other European and American pioneers are all listed by continent of origin and in alphabetical order. The very brief “Why they are on this list” part is not meant to be exhaustive, it’s just a brief thumbnail listing a few accomplishments and reasons for inclusion. Opinions are strictly my own, though you are certainly welcome to share some. This list has a very Wiccan slant, but since Wicca is the largest Pagan denomination that’s probably to be expected.”……..
“I’ve had a few people question my methodology so I thought I would explain how I made my selections. The most important question posed to myself while putting together this list was “Out of the 75 or so candidates, which of them affect how Pagans think and practice on a day to day and moment to moment basis?”
The three parts are -
And take the time to read various readers comments after these posts. He had to know these were coming, lol.
I agree with most of what he has written, and he has taken into account both sides of the pond covering 200 years and tried to narrow it down, so he did good. Remember, this is not about who are the best witch/pagans of late but rather who had the most influence on modern witchcraft and paganism, and mostly they overlap anyway. Its good to see good Ole Uncle Al on the list, and my lineage grandmother Sybil Leek. Enjoy, and Blessed Be!
(Hey – this is my blog post # 666 LOL!)