ANCZYK, Adam and Matouš VENCÁLEK. Coming Home to Paganism: Theory of Religious Conversion or a Theological Principle? Studia Religiologica. Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2013, vol. 46, No 3, p. 161-171. ISSN 0137-2432. Available from:
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Original name Coming Home to Paganism: Theory of Religious Conversion or a Theological Principle?
Authors ANCZYK, Adam (616 Poland) and Matouš VENCÁLEK (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution).
Edition Studia Religiologica, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2013, 0137-2432.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Article in a journal
Field of Study 60300 6.3 Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Country of publisher Poland
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14210/13:00075443
Organization unit Faculty of Arts
Keywords (in Czech) novopohanství; hypotéza "homecoming"; náboženská konverze
Keywords in English neopaganism; "homecoming" hypothesis; religious conversion
Tags rivok
Tags International impact, Reviewed
Changed by Changed by: Mgr. Michaela Ondrašinová, Ph.D., učo 64955. Changed: 4/11/2017 15:34.
The so-called "homecoming" is one of the most (if not the most) popular ways of depicting the process of becoming a follower of Neo-Paganism found in literature, from Margot Adler's classical Drawing Down the Moon (1979) to contemporary authors, like Graham Harvey. It is interesting that "homecoming" simultaneously occurs in Neo-Pagan literature, as the common way of becoming Pagan, seen as opposite to the process of conversion (usually as a rapid change of religious beliefs). The critique of the "homecoming" defined in the academic field concentrates on showing that there is a possibility it may be more a theological notion, rather than a model of religious change to contemporary Paganism. The broad definition of religious conversion, understood as change in religious behaviour and beliefs, does include "homecoming" as one of the possible conversion narratives. Therefore, we may speak of a "coming home experience" as one of the main themes – but certainly not the only one – that is present in the histories of conversion to contemporary Paganism.
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