Pagan Prayer and Worship: A Qualitative Study of Perceptions


  • Janet Goodall Department of Education, University of Bath
  • Emyr Williams Division of Psychology Glyndŵr University
  • Catherine Goodall The University of Nottingham



Paganism, prayer, worship.


This article reports on an exploratory qualitative project exploring how the concepts of "prayer” and “worship” are understood by those who identify as Pagan in the UK. There were more than four hundred completed responses to an online survey containing a modified version of the Attitude to prayer scale. We found that although respondents raised issues in relation to the use of the terms, “prayer” and “worship”, in relation to Pagan practice, the majority were in agreement that they did, by their own definitions, both pray and worship.

Author Biographies

Janet Goodall, Department of Education, University of Bath

Janet Goodall is a lecturer in the Department of Education, University of Bath.

Emyr Williams, Division of Psychology Glyndŵr University

Lecturer, Division of Psychology

Catherine Goodall, The University of Nottingham

Catherine Goodall is a research student at the University of Nottingham.


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How to Cite

Goodall, J., Williams, E., & Goodall, C. (2014). Pagan Prayer and Worship: A Qualitative Study of Perceptions. Pomegranate, 15(1-2), 178–201.




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