Pagan Christianity of the Early 20th Century

Christianity remains the most acceptable, best-known and officially sanctioned religion in America, but American Metaphysical Religion has intersected and in many ways transformed Christian belief and practice. The brothers Guthrie are an excellent example of the tension in this dichotomy.  Both were Episcopalian ministers in New York City, but both had deep interest in non-Christian culture, including European paganism. The elder brother, William, integrated native American, Hindu, and other spiritual traditions in his liturgies and services. The younger brother, Kenneth, self published many books about Neoplatonism, and also the first translation into English of the Mayan Popul Vuh. But neither brother considered themselves anything but Christian, although in earlier eras of Protestant and Catholic governance they would have certainly been persecuted as heretics if not outright pagans.

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