Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What is a Heathen?

There is a difference between a Pagan and a Heathen. A Heathen is anyone of a different religion than yours. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and the rest all can consider each other as heathen. A Pagan is someone who practices an ancient European nature religion, one that predates Christianity. When the Romans arrived in Northern Europe, they did not (for the most part) evangelize Europe to their own ancient religion. Instead they brought Christianity.

The core belief of the ancient religions of India, Greece, Asia, Africa, and Europe was a belief in masculine and feminine deities. These gods were often capacious even cruel in nature. From the Hebrew and Christian perspective, this represents a degeneration from a once world-wide belief in a single beneficent Creator who mankind had abandoned. From an anthropological perspective, just the opposite is proposed. Religious development is seen as arising out of simple animism to multiple local gods and goddesses, to systems of deities controlling various aspects of the natural world, and finally to the belief in a single transcendent Deity, a Spirit Being who does not need a consort, and who does not have a gender.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Time of the Heathen

I have completed a novel, TIME OF THE HEATHEN, that could be classified in any of the genres Literary/Fantasy/Sci Fi. I will try to post a sentence a day from the book. See the website for a description of the novel, a chapter-by-chapter synopsis, and a free download of the first 50 pages.

The purpose of this blog is to discuss the book and the Literary/Fantasy/Sci Fi genres. Currently I am seeking a literary agent for the book but also developing an independent marketing scheme to distribute the book electronically over the Internet. This blog is also the correct place to discuss experiences with direct marketing of literary material.

Something about me:
I have written almost 50 technical books for Fortune 1000 companies as a Sr. Technical Writer. My last three books have been published by Microsoft.

James E. Matteson