About

A traditional Maypole

Finding Atheopaganism –both th(e) book and the broader movement/ community of practice it’s tied to– was deeply meaningful to me because it put a name to what I had long felt as a skeptic/nonbeliever who finds beauty and meaning in the natural world.

–C.F., Atheopagan

A Science-consistent path of reverence, celebration and service.

Welcome!

The Atheopagan Society is a tax-exempt nonprofit religious organization* whose mission is to foster the growth and success of the religious path of Atheopaganism throughout the world.

The Society has no members (although we do have Patrons who enable us to pay the bills!) You do not have to contribute to the Society in order to practice Atheopaganism or self-identify as an Atheopagan.

We are currently an all-volunteer organization. No individual profits from the Society’s revenues, and we are committed to organizational transparency. Our financial books are available for review by the public.

The Society is directed by a Council of practicing non-theist Pagans from various walks of life. Our bylaws are available here; minutes of Council meetings are posted here.

Atheopaganism is a Pagan** religious path initially conceptualized by Mark A. Green, a lifelong atheist who found that most outspoken atheists erred seriously in their understanding of the function and value of religious practice in building community, inculcating values and gratitude, and otherwise enriching a human life.

After years of practicing rituals and observances with his local Pagan community and exploring how religious behavior serves the imperatives of various parts of the human brain, Green developed for himself what is now called Atheopaganism. It is a supernatural-free religious tradition of celebrations, observances, meditations and other meaningful practices, the goal of which is to increase happiness both individually and in society, and to foster the development of a more sustainable, just and kind world. It is, in short, a path of meaning, celebration and service.

To his surprise, upon publication of his path, first hundreds, and then thousands of interested people joined him in revering the Sacred Earth, embracing the Atheopagan Principles and values, celebrating the Sabbaths of the Atheopagan “Wheel of the Year”, and helping to shape the movement as it is today. You may read a synopsis of Atheopaganism here.

In addition to the Atheopagan Four Sacred Pillars and 13 Principles, our community has developed a Statement of Policy Values that expresses our position on various important issues that confront our world. You can read it here.

Details on Atheopaganism are available here, and in this video. Those interested in learning more can read extensive resources at the Atheopaganism blog, and also request to join the Atheopagan Facebook group, where thousands of Atheopagans discuss and Atheopagan ideas, rituals, liturgy and community.

The Atheopagan SunTree symbol was designed and selected by the online Atheopagan community in 2018. It has many metaphorical meanings.

For more information on the philosophical details of Atheopaganism, visit the FAQ page.


*US Federal EIN 85-1325053.

**Paganism, while challenging to define, in most cases includes characteristic elements that are included in Atheopaganism: reverence for the Earth as Sacred, religious rituals, and a calendar of holy days, or Sabbaths, occurring at the solstices and equinoxes and the midpoints between them.

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