Ways of the Asatru

By Michael J. Smith

Genre:
Contemporary
First published in:
2003

About this book

From the preface:

There are two issues which I would like to bring to the reader’s attention concerning this book. The first would be that this book should not, by any means, be considered an absolute authority on Ásatrú. The reader is encouraged to read other books, do research, and explore their own hearts to find their own religious and spiritual truths. The main reason for that would be because of the second issue I have to briefly make note of.

The second would be that regardless of all, Ásatrú is chiefly a religion of the individuals’ spiritual path. Although there is a strong sense of community that is encouraged, it is up to the individual to find what rings true to them for their own spiritual health. Ásatrú itself is a religion of fairly broad guidelines. It is up to the individual to decide where within those broad guidelines they lay in what they believe.

So please, dear reader, I will be bold in giving you a set of “rules” for those who decide to research or become Ásatrú. Rule # 1 is: Be your own scholar. Ásatrú is a religion with homework. This extends to not just contemporary writers but, to authors in the fields of linguistics, history, archeology, and other scholarly fields of study. All can help you in your spiritual quest. Rule # 2 is: Always get different perspectives. This is a religion that has its roots in the past, but is (and must be!) evolved within modern context. And it must and will evolve as the future unfolds.