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Are Modern Druids Antinomian?

January 6th, 2008

“Antinomianism is the polar opposite of legalism, the notion that obedience to a code of religious law is necessary for salvation” (Wikipedia)

Modern followers of Druidry, certainly many members of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, are far more antinomian than legalistic in their outlook, and a study of this might be of interest to a postgraduate theology student. I think it would be correct to say that non-affiliated Pagans are also more inclined in that direction, whereas Wiccans would be less so, and would place more authority in tradition, the Wiccan Rede, and the HP & HPS. A psychological exploration of this might include looking at the dimension of inner-directedness vs. outer-directedness, with an antinomian approach being more likely to be espoused by the inner-directed.