1. Even in an orthopraxic religion, it’s true that there is a community of belief; basic, yes, but still there. Different people may have different views on the Gods, the cosmos and the afterlife, but they all share the belief that the Gods are somehow real or, at the very least, the belief in the usefulness of the rituals. That can bring people together of their on free will to form religious communities, and the creation of an orthopraxy arises with the need to have a ritual common ground in the midst of a diversity of opinions or personal, family and group traditions.
2. On the matter of personal ethics and social morality, what happens if you live in a country whose dominating moral standards are in direct opposition to the ethos of the God(s) you’re closest to? Well, I guess that depends a lot on the specifics and your own sort of “moral fiber”. Take the issue of homosexuality: your religious beliefs influence you to cherish sexual diversity, but the country or State where you live in is heavily dominated by homophobic and transphobic feelings. Whether you decide to uphold the ethical trend set by your favourite Gods or to accept social morality as yours is really up to you. If there’s enough legally established freedom for it, you may fight for greater tolerance and LGBT rights; if not, the choice is between adapting to the dominating social standards or moving to greener and more free pastures.
3. Finally, the question of an orthopraxic ritual tradition. Imagine that Svartesol, Nicanthiel and I were to meet for a group ceremony for Frey. Now, Svartesol is a wiccan and I’m more of a recon; I don’t know if Nicanthiel blends heathen and Celtic material in his rituals, but let’s imagine he does for the sake of argument, and add the fact that we all have our own personal or group traditions as a result of growing up in different places where we faced different practical needs. What ritual plan would the three of us use together at a group ceremony? This is what I’m addressing: not the imposing of orthopraxic uniformity, but the creation of a ritual common ground that allows people from diverse walks of life and religious paths to worship together common Gods. Every individual and group is of course free to create and have its own settings and practices, but reaching across the isle in the midst of that diversity requires a sort of ritual protocol that can be used by different people when they meet around a common altar. And the starting point to its construction are the old ways, followed by comparative religion and shared UPG to fill in gaps, adapting where necessary and creating close alternatives when modern demands and practical needs arise.
To end as I started, this was not a presentation of a putative pan-polytheistic system. It’s mostly a personal take on ritual and morality inspired by the example of Ancient Roman religion, and two cents on some of the questions facing modern day pre-Christian religions, recon or not.