Frequently Asked Questions
Q) What is the Polytheist Community Center?
A) Check out the About PCC page to learn more!
Q) What is a polytheist?
A) The Polytheist Community Center defines a "polytheist" as someone who believes in multiple deities. Typically, this belief influences the person's life in a meaningful way.
Q) What is a pagan? Are pagans allowed to participate in PCC?
A) "Pagan" is hard to define. There are atheist pagans and monotheistic pagans, but there are also plenty of polytheistic pagans. Not all pagans are polytheists and not all polytheists are pagans, but there are people who are both.
But more importantly, if someone identifies as pagan, they are welcome to participate in PCC.
Q) I've heard the terms "soft" and "hard" polytheist used. What is the difference?
A) A "soft" polytheist tends to believe that all the deities are facets of one or two deities, eg: all gods are facets of One God and all goddesses are facets of One Goddess. A "hard" polytheist tends to believe that all gods are separate from one another, eg: Aphrodite and Venus are separate deities despite being related to one another.
Not everyone falls to such extremes, however, and that's perfectly acceptable. All types of polytheists are welcomed at PCC.
Q) I've heard terms such as "revivalist" and "reconstructionist" polytheism used. What is the difference?
A) To some people, there isn't a difference at all. But in general, a "revivalist" tends to want to "revive" an ancient religion while allowing for adaptations while a "reconstructionist" tries to keep things as historically accurate as possible.
Both types of polytheists, as well as polytheists who practice neither, are welcome here.