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This Apocrypha will also show them how Reformed Druidism can improve or mesh with a NeoPagan Druidic religion (or any other type of religion), and yet still remain a quasi-distinct organization. e. Preface to the Carleton Apocrypha My purpose in printing the writings here collected is (of course) three-fold. First, I would like to preserve some of the history and tradition of Carleton Druidism that was not preserved in The Druid Chronicles (Reformed) or that developed after the Chronicles were written.

Several such works were in fact written. But as the aesthetic unity of the Chronicles came to be appreciated, it was decided not to add the other works, which naturally became known as the Apocrypha. The term apocrypha signifies “things hidden away”, and indeed almost all of these works remained literally hidden away in the personal files of the founders until comparatively recently. Some in fact were withdrawn by their authors. Thus, although they are of independent historical interest, these “early Apocrypha” did not contribute significantly to the development of either the Carleton Grove or the Reform in general.

There was the spirit of intelligent and critical inquiry in matters religious, essentially an application of the high intellectual standard encouraged by the College in all things. There was the emphasis on the necessity of each person finding his own path himself, and a strong dislike for the very ideas of Dogma and Orthodoxy. There was a mistrust of formalism, a feeling that formalism tends to drive out meaning. Finally, there was the firm belief in the inseparability of humankind from its place in nature.

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