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The Sisters of the Silver Branch spent several months exploring ethics in modern Pagan/Heathen religions. Below are web-based resources we used in our study and some additional ones discovered thereafter. This list is by no means complete and the web sites for a particular religion may not be the most representative of the ethical concepts of a particular religion. If you have other sources we should include, please contact us at the address below.

Introduction to Ethics

Definitions

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online:
http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=ethics
http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=moral

The American Heritage Dictionary Online:
http://www.bartleby.com/61/79/E0227900.html
http://www.bartleby.com/61/75/M0417500.html

The Columbia Encyclopedia:
http://www.bartleby.com/65/et/ethics.html
http://www.bartleby.com/65/x-/X-morals.html

Some Introductory Texts on Ethics

Of these, we found the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s article to be the most useful in understanding the subject and for analyzing the ethical statements for various Pagan religions.

Encarta:
http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/refarticle.aspx?refid=761555614

Religious Tolerance web site:
http://www.religioustolerance.org/morality.htm

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
http://plato.stanford.edu/contents.html
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/morality-definition/

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/e/ethics.htm

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Neo-pagan Religions and Traditions

“A Discussion of Some Neopagan Religions and Their Ethics” by Jolandra
http://www.angelfire.com/mi3/diyao/PaganEthics.html

“Magical Ethics and Pseudo-Metaphysics” by John J. Coughlin http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_meapm.html

Pesonal writings on ethical issues by Angela Roberts
http://www.nineravens.com/archives/category/ethics/

Wicca

“Everyday Ethics and Philosophy of Right Living”
http://www.wyrdweavers.org/files/ethics.html

“The Evolution of Wiccan Ethics” (the “related links” section is useful)
http://www.waningmoon.com/ethics/

Proteus Coven Library — Judy Harrow (scroll down to ethics section)
http://www.draknet.com/proteus/library.htm

Robin Wood’s “Ethics FAQs”
http://www.robinwood.com/LivingtreeGrove/Ethics/EthicsSet.html

“Wicca for the Rest of Us” web site
http://wicca.timerift.net/rede.html and
http://wicca.timerift.net/three.html

Wiccan Ethics and the Wiccan Rede

“The Witch’s Cauldron” web site
http://www.witchscauldron.net/cauldron/ethics.htm

“Problems with the Wiccan Rede” by Randall Sapphire
http://ecauldron.com/rssrede.php

“Rede and Fluff” by Osthein
http://ecauldron.com/opedrede.php

“Responsibility and Paganism” by Elspeth Sapphire
http://www.ecauldron.com/opedresponsibility.php

“A Partial Analysis of the Wiccan Reed” by Lynna Landstreet
http://wildideas.net/temple/library/letters/rede.html

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Modern Druidry

“Traditional British Druidry” by John Michael Greer
http://www.witchvox.com/trads/trad_traddruidry.html

A Compilation of Triads
http://gamall-steinn.org/Leabharlann-org/triads.htm

Note: Triads from Celtic cultures are used as guides to values, ethics and morals for some modern Druidic groups and for some Celtic Reconstructionist groups.

“A Druidic Vision of the World: A Reinstatement of Truth” by the Order of the White Oak
http://www.whiteoakdruids.org/news/item.cfm?NewsItemID=4

“The Brehon Laws: Defining Ethics and Values for Modern Druidry” by Athelia Nihtscada
http://www.druidnetwork.org/ethical/articles/athelia_brehon.html

Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD)

Ethics & Values in Druidism

“Druidry Encourages Us to Love Widely”
http://www.druidry.org/obod/intro/druidtradition.html or
http://druidry.org/obod/touchstone/2000annrev.html

Druidry & Peace — The World Situation
http://druidry.org/obod/wtc/index.html

An' Driaocht Fein (ADF)

“What do Neo-Pagan Druids Believe” by Isaac Bonewits
http://www.adf.org/about/beliefs.html

“Crime: Sacred or Profane”
http://www.adf.org/articles/philosophy/crimesp.html

“The Nine Pagan Virtues”
http://www.chronarchy.com/mjournal/virtues/

The Dedicant‘s Work: The Nine Virtues
http://www.stonecreed.org/dedicant/9virtues.html

The Order of the White Oak

http://www.whiteoakdruids.org/

“Understanding The Ways of the Ancestors” by Ellen Evert Hopman
http://saille333.home.mindspring.com/UnderstandingAncestors.html

Henge of Keltria

http://www.keltria.org/FAQs.htm

Tuatha de Brighid

Who We Are
http://www.tuathadebrighid.org/aboutus.htm

The Druid Network

The Druid Network‘s “Ethical Living” pages
http://druidnetwork.org/ethical/index.html

The Summerlands

“A Druid's Code” by Searles O'Dubhain
http://www.summerlands.com/crossroads/library/a_druids_code.htm

“A Collection of Druid Triads”
http://216.67.248.139/crossroads/library/triads.htm

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Reconstructionist Religions

Celtic Reconstructionism

“Celtic Ethics: An Introduction” by Brian Walsh
http://www.newtara.org/newtara_lib_ethics001.asp

“Celtic Values” by Alexei Kondratiev
http://www.newtara.org/newtara_lib_ethics002.asp

“The Truth Against the World: Ethics and Modern Celtic Paganism” by Erynn Rowan Laurie
http://www.newtara.org/newtara_lib_ethics003.asp or http://www.seanet.com/~inisglas/ethics.html

“Cliu — the Gaelic Conception of Honor” by Christopher Thompson
http://www.newtara.org/newtara_lib_ethics004.asp

“The Ethical Paradigm of Druidism or, It's Not Just Tree Hugging After All …”
(Third Draft) by Brendan “Cathbad” Myers
http://wildideas.net/cathbad/ethics.html

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Asatru and Other Northern Paths

The Nine Noble Virtues For Kids (And Other Interested Parties) by Annette Hinshaw
http://www.friggasweb.org/nvirtues.html

Vanic Values & Ethics by Thorunn
http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~fealcen/ethics.htm

The Thews of Asatru and Heathengyld by Swain Wodening Canote
http://haligwaerstow.ealdriht.org/thews.html

The Assembly of the Elder Troth: The Nine Noble Virtues of Asatru
http://www.aetaustralia.org/nnv.htm

Asatru Fold Assembly: Law of the Hall
http://www.runestone.org/flash/articles/lawofthehall.htm

The Values of Asatru
http://www.webcom.com/~lstead/RBValues.html

Index of Articles in The North Star
http://www.northvegr.org/leidstjarna/spring2000/index.php

The Praiseworthy Virtues of the North
http://www.northvegr.org/northern/book/praiseworthy.php

Trúlög: Northern Truisms
http://www.northvegr.org/northern/book/trulog.php

Sögumál: Wisdom inspired by and from the Icelandic Sagas
http://www.northvegr.org/northern/book/sagamal.php

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Hellenic Reconstructionism

“Hellenic Ethics: Living Virtues in Community” by Drew Campbell
http://www.ecauldron.com/greekethics.php

Hellenotamaia Oath of Ethics
http://duttond.topcities.com/Hellenotamiai/ethics.html

Religio Romana

Roman Virtues
http://www.novaroma.org/via_romana/

Virtues
http://religioromana.net/virtues.htm

Kemet

“Ma’at: The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same” by Tamara Siuda
http://www.kemet.org/maat-lecture.html

The Order of Ma’at: The 42 Laws of Maat
http://www.maat-order.org/maat42lawsnn.htm

Ma’at
http://www.per-sekhmet.org/perankh/maat.html

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