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    Isaac Bonewits passed away quietly in his sleep this morning, according to the Bonewits's Facebook page. The following is from the blog that he and Phaedra shared. I am so saddened by the loss of this truly remarkable person. May the many wonderful memories of him bring comfort to his family and friends. Peaceful journey, Isaac...

    Isaac Bonewits 1949-2010

    August 12th, 2010
    Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits, founder and Archdruid Emeritus of of ءr nDraيocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, one of North America’s leading experts on ancient and modern Druidism, Witchcraft, magic and the occult, and the rapidly growing Earth Religions movement, died today after a short struggle with cancer.
    Mr. Bonewits first came into the public eye when he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Magic and Thaumaturgy (1970). During his tenure there, Mr. Bonewits worked with many renowned professors including Nobel Prize Laureate Owen Chamberlain. The work he did for that degree became his first book, Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic (1971).
    In 1983, he founded and became the first Archdruid of ءr nDraيocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) an international fellowship devoted to creating a public tradition of Neopagan Druidry. In 1995, he retired from a leadership role due to complications from eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome. ADF has grown to become the best-known Neopagan Druid group based in North America. At his death, Mr. Bonewits held the title of ArchDruid Emeritus.
    During his forty years as a Neopagan priest, scholar, teacher, bard, and polytheologian, Isaac Bonewits coined much of the vocabulary and articulated many of the issues that have shaped the rapidly growing Neopagan movement in the United States and Canada.
    Mr. Bonewits was internationally known as a speaker who educated, enlightened and entertained two generations of modern Goddess worshippers, nature mystics, and followers of other minority belief systems, as well as explained these movements to journalists, law enforcement officers, college students, and academic researchers.
    His personal papers will become part of the American Religions Collection at the Library of University of California at Santa Barbara.
    One of his most influential contributions was the Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame (the “ABCDEF”), developed in 1979 as a response to the Jim Jones People’s Temple tragedy. It has been translated into many languages and used around the world to evaluate how dangerous or harmless an organization might be. It was the first such scale to use theories of mental health and personal growth to judge rather than theological or ideological standards.
    His other books include Authentic Thaumaturgy (1979, 1998), The Pagan Man (2005), Bonewits’s Essential Guide to Witchcraft and Wicca (2006), Bonewits’s Essential Guide to Druidism (2006), Neopagan Rites (2007), and Real Energy (2007), which was co-authored with his wife, Phaedra, as well as numerous articles, reviews and essays. As a singer-songwriter, he released two albums, Be Pagan Once Again (1988), and Avalon is Rising (1992).
    He is survived by his wife, Phaedra, his son from a previous marriage, Arthur Lipp-Bonewits of Bardonia NY, his mother Jeannette, his brothers Michael and Richard, and sisters Simone Arris and Melissa Banbury.
    I am a part of all that I have read.
    ~John Kieran

    This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
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    If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
    ~Mother Teresa

    You don't have a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body.
    ~C.S. Lewis

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    I was just about to post a thread... I hope you don't mind if I create a new thread from your post.
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    • #3

      If anyone is able, please visit his site to either make a one time donation or to subscribe. I know they were in need of financial help for his treatment. Although he has passed I am sure the help will still be needed.
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      • #4
        Another good eulogy for Isaac:

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        • #5
          And we loose another great one. Slلn abhaile a dhearthلir.
          Semper Fidelis


          • #6
            Oh Issac.


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              • #8
                He will definitely be missed.
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                • #9

                  We have lost one of the good ones.

                  May you rest in peace Isaac Bonewits.
                  In memory of my brother.
                  July 12 1965-July 7 2005.
                  May you find peace on your journey.

                  "To be a man you must have honor, honor and a penis!"
                  ~ Shin Chan ~

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                  • #10
                    Adding another suggestion to donate what you can to help Phaedra cover hospital bills, funeral costs, and the like.
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                    • #11
                      Definetly will be missed.

                      Sometimes, you just have to go with your gut

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                      • #12
                        I pray for his peaceful transition to spirit and also for healing to be sent to his loved ones at this time.
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                        • #13
                          Good bye to a Dear friend, counselor, and supporter of a Dream and my future. The Dream that helped make me who I am today.

                          Rest in Peace Dear Isaac. Your life has not been in vain!

                          Phaedra and family, you are in my prayers.

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