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Please excuse my ignorance but what are pagans?

Please excuse my ignorance but what are pagans?

sparton223

A pagan is a "religion", if you will. I use the term religion loosely, because it's unlike most other religions, in the sense that it focuses less on deities, and more on a natural view of things.

Michael

Paganism is a term for polytheistic religious traditions. Christians tend to use it to refer to anything outside the Judeo-Christian tradition. It has, somewhat recently, been used to describe new religious movements to include Hellenistic Polytheism, Celtic Polytheism, and Norse Polytheism, Wicca, and Germanic Neo-paganism. In a society that is dominated by the Judeo-Christian tradition, competition is usually met with scorn, especially when logic fails. Hope this helps.

Omar

pagans are people who believe in gods(pulral)(other than GOD). usually talked negatively because common practices include human sacrifices.

Nick

Pagans are those who followed the religions of Greece and Rome before Christianity. They had many famous members such as Plato and Socrates. They had temples and shrines all the way around the Mediterranean. There were two forms and they were the inner pagans, and the outer knowledge pagans. Pagan simply means peasant, in Latin. That is all. The outer pagans were those who met at the temple and prayed and did not have much to do with the religion. The inner ones were those that knew the mysteries of life and the universe. Maybe like monks. Roman emperors were pagan mostly. But as Christianity grew and became dominant they destroyed the pagan temples and killed the followers and destroyed their writings of the inner mysteries. Today the word is used to mean a person of backward faith, but that was not true. Many early pagans claimed paul was a Christian pagan, and that there were christan pagans as well. But as most of what they were has been destroyed, there is little more to glean. I Hope this helps. Oh, and they did not use the word pagan to call themselves.

Craig

Pagans were followers of polytheistic religion. They have been referred to as Heathens or deniers of a monotheistic philosophy. The word Pagan is of the 14th century, but it would apply (according to christian missionaries) to all indigenous cultures that were around far longer than Christianity itself. African tribes, American Indians, Aztecs, Incas were all regarded as pagans.

A1ej4ndro

Pagans are people with many deities

Anja

Pagans are people who follow an earth-centered religion. Paganism is very diverse- some Pagans believe in many deities, while some may only believe in one. Pagans don't have a centralized book like the Bible, nor do they have a centralized religious "government" (for lack of a better word.) Most Pagans worship pre-Christian deities, like the Greek pantheon or the Celtic pantheon. Pagans do not perform human or animal sacrifices, and they are generally very tolerant of other religions. They don't try to convert others or criticize their beliefs. We're more like hippies that way. We're viewed negatively sometimes because people are afraid of what they don't know. I like how you asked instead of just assuming something. Very cool. If more people followed your example, I think we could all work together to build a happier world. Thank you!! Source(s): Pagan

Guest

all the other answers are wrong Paganism is another group of religious beliefs. They believe in many deities (gods.) Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades are all Pagan gods stemming from the Greek form. A modern mainstream form of Panganism is Hindu

Scourgio

They worship nature and listen to heavy metal music.

K

to believe in nothing means freedom to have no conviction, that is what true pagan is. and why so negative, because anyone that believes in christ is a fool in their eyes. Truth is hard to say.

Gareth

First: who and in what context are people talking about Pagans negatively? Different people will have different reasons for being negative about Pagans. Some may see Pagans as evil demon worshiping cultists ( usually if they're certian kind of Christian) at the other end of the scale there are those "secular atheists" who see Paganism as being a threat. I strongly suspect that neither groups have much of an up to date understanding of modern Paganism (or religion for that matter).To recycle a previous answer:"Pagan” can refer to someone that is not Christian, or it can refer to an adherent of modern Paganism (aka neo-Paganism. Often when capitalized (Pagan, Paganism) it refers the modern religion (as you would with Christian, Christianity)- if not (pagan, paganism) then it refers to the broader meaning.Here’s some info on the modern Pagan religion:What is Paganism?Paganism (also called neo-paganism) is a modern religious movement that draws inspiration from pre-Christian and non-Christian religious cultures as well as folklore, mythology, anthropology and a variety of other sources. It is this binds that Paganism together as one religion, not a shared scripture or theology. There are many denominations of Paganism such as Druidry, witchcraft, Wicca, shamanism and Asatru to name just a few.Origins of the word ‘pagan’It is commonly held that the origin of the word ‘pagan’ is ‘paganus’ meaning ‘country-dweller’ (or 'peasant, as some here have suggested) however the French scholar Pierre Chuvin argues that the notion that the word ‘pagan’ meant ‘country-dweller’, despite the romantic imagery, could not work as when the word was coined most town-dwellers were pagan. Instead, he argues that the word means followers of the religions of the ‘pagus’ or locality i.e. the old, rooted faiths instead of the new universal one (Christianity).Paganism and NaturePaganism is often labelled as a ‘nature religion’. Although some Pagans describe themselves as worshiping or revering Nature, ‘nature religion’ in the above context does not refer to this nor is ‘nature’ being used to refer to the dualistic view of nature being all that which is not man-made and urban. Instead ’nature’ is being used to refer to the physical life and world as opposed to the divine or transcendental realties that tend to be the focus of many other religions- as put by Graham Harvey: “Paganism is a ‘nature religion’ because it is defined by practices that root people in ‘nature’ - the physical, sensual worlds within which human are embodied participants. Belonging and behaving appropriate are prioritized rather than, as in some other religions, anticipating a postulated alternative spiritual reality”.Paganism and GodsAttitudes regarding gods and the divine vary greatly. Pagans can be just about anything whether it be theist, polytheist, pantheist, animist, agnostic or even atheist. There is also variation amongst those who believe in gods with regard as to what gods are- some see gods as literal beings whereas others regard them as symbolic archetypes created by the human conscious whilst still performing acts of devotion to them.Paganism and MagicWithin Paganism there is a widespread, but not universal belief in what is called ‘magic’. This is sometimes spelled ‘magick’ in order to differentiate it from the stage show variety. Conceptions as to what magic is, what it is used for, and how it functions vary amongst Pagans as does the importance placed upon magical practice. For some it is central whereas for others magic plays a minor role, or even have no belief in magic what so ever.Paganism and the New AgeIt is often assumed that Paganism is part of the New Age. Paganism is a diverse religion that draws from many different sources of inspiration- it is not part of the New Age movement although it may draw from some of the same sources of inspiration. Pagans are often critical of the New Age and the ways in which differs from Paganism are numerous. Perhaps one of the most significant differences is the New Age places emphasis on the idea that the world’s meaning is to be found in spiritual realities, whereas Paganism emphasizes the this-worldly, with the spiritual as embedded in nature- the living sensual world is integrated with the spiritual not denigrated in the latter’s favour.Source:Listening People Speaking Earth: Contemporary Paganism by Graham HarveyIntroduction to Pagan Studies by Barbara Jane DavyTriumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft by Ronald Hutton'Living with Witchcraft' in: Witches, Druids and King Arthur by Ronald Hutton

Guest

Pagan are idiots: that's all you need to know.

Fireball

they deny the TRinity---it is cult beliefs

Eagle

Pagans worship idols. Multiple gods and goddesses. That is y they r talked about negatively. Take a look at these hindu (pagan) idols. http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/...

Instant

Pagans are people who believe in gods outside the Abrahamic tradition. The origin of the word comes from the Latin word for village- it designated the religions of the country people, because the country people at the time this word started being used, were not Christians, whereas the Romans and the people of their cities had been officially converted to Christianity. The word has negative connotations because Christians looked down on people of other religions, considering them backward and ignorant.

Guest

You're not ignorant for not knowing something. :) We are a form of polytheistic religions. Pagan is a general term. Hindus are Pagan. Wiccans are Pagan. Native American religions are Pagan. etc. Most of us, nowadays, are usually with the Wicca/Wtchcraft sect. (not all Witches are Wiccan though.) Many Pagan religions (More Wiccan based) use witchcraft in their practices, worship a God AND a Goddess, follow the seasons of change, etc. Not sure why we're talked badly about.Guess those people that speak badly are the ignorant ones that don't know much.

Cynthia

pagan usually refers to a person who does not worship God, they do not know about God, and they may worship man made things or other gods because they do not know that there is only one God who is above all other gods.

Mike

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paganism

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