Myth-Busting the Druids

Philip Carr-Gomm, head of OBOD, doing a Sunday outreach, busts 3 major misconceptions about Druidry today.

1~ Druidism is not OLD! Though there are historical reconstructionists among them, the Druidry of today is necessarily its own animal, having been revived most recently in the 1960s, and also in the 18th and 19th century as a reaction to the relaxing of the power of the Christian Church in Europe. No modern Druid organization can trace its roots back more than 250 years, and most are brand new.

2~ Druidism is not FAKE ! Face it, all religions, no matter how ancient, are essentially ‘made up’, ie, the product of human cogitation. And in the course of human endeavors, there is always a natural interest in newer ideas to supplant older, which can be found in minority or ‘fringe’ experimental areas. Druidism is no more ‘fake’ than any other experiment in existing.

3~ Druidism is not only for the “WACKY” ! In terms of sheer numbers, those who identify as Druid are about equal to Zoroastrians or Baha’is . The Queen of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury are Druids! Winston Churchill was a Druid (take note, OBOD and the organizations these people are in are English) . The majority of Druids are not out doing ‘wacky’ things on television at Stonehenge.

4~ Druidism is not POINTLESS! The true enemy of our continued existence as a species is the creeping scourge of meaninglessness. If a thing is meaningless, you feel free to trash it. You feel free to disregard basic morality which keeps us civil to one another. Modern Druids merely search for meaning with a focus which is GEOcentric rather than ANTHROpocentric. It is not the only religion to do so, either.

All in all, well worth a listen.

Philip Carr-Gomm's Weblog

I gave a talk at a London club on Easter Sunday and thought I’d focus on busting the typical stereotypes that gather around the term Druid. The club put this film of the event together really well, complete with illustrations. Peter Owen-Jones also gave a talk about what he felt were the challenges facing Christianity today, focusing on the need for reform within the church and the need for it to address environmental issues – if they make a film of his talk I’ll pop it up too.

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