CHURCH OF THE ETERNAL SOURCE (CES)
An American Pagan Reconstructionist movement, constituting an amalgamation of various autonomous movements, with a focus on Egyptian gods and their associated religion, each administrated by its own priesthood.
It claims to be the reconstructed religion of ancient Egypt with ideals based on the power and artistry demonstrated by the Pharaonic culture. Its founder members included Don Harrison, a commercial artist, Jim Kemble, Elaine Amiro and Harold Moss, an engineer.
It has traditionally run correspondence courses for its membership, with each individual worshipping before a private shrine. Never attracting a large congregation, its popularity has waned in recent years in the face of a growing interest in Wicca.
One of the major problems with 'defining' Paganism and/or its beliefs and practices is that it is an 'organic' movement, in that it is undergoing constant change and re-evaluation from within, and as such any 'one-size-fits-all' approach to understanding Paganism will be found wanting.
Due to the very 'organic' nature of Paganism, and the many differing Paths and Traditions within it, in many cases no one definition may be universally accepted by all Pagans. Therefore, where such cases of possible conflicting and/or contradictory meanings of certain terms occur I have endevoured to give not only the generally accepted meaning, but also any major 'variations' in belief and/or practice.
Christians who believe this difference in meaning of certain key terms, beliefs and practices to be unique to Paganism need to remember that such conflicts also arise within the Body of Christ - the Church. Take for instance the differing practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.
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