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Do you see how vague that definition is?  It encompasses just about everything out there, but truly describes nothing. It would be like describing an elephant as an animal and leaving it at that.  If you didn't know what an elephant was, you still wouldn't know what an elephant was.

posted by kooka_lives on June 7, 2010 at 11:08 AM | link to this | reply

Pagan: heathen... Heathen: 1. a person who is not a believer in any of the world's chief religions, especially one who is neither Christian, Jew, or Muslim. 2. an unenlightened person, one regarded as lacking culture or moral principles.  Compliments of the Oxford American Dictionary.

posted by MadelynHoudini on June 7, 2010 at 8:28 AM | link to this | reply

Sunny, pagan has become too much a throw away term for Christians
If they just label it all 'pagan', that shows they don't care and have no desire to go beyond meaningless labels.  To use pagan in such a manner does make in meaningless, becasue it tells you nothing at all about the deity in question.  And I think that is part of why they want to over use it so much.  They don't want to have to think, with everything being Christian or not Christian.  It is just an easier way to roam through life without having to do any real thinking.

And as I said in the post, the suppose anti-Christian activities are not actually happening.  The airport is NOT telling their employees to not wear crosses or that they can't display Christmas decoration in the work spaces.  It is NOT happening, but these Christians don't care.  They are embracing such misinformation and using it to justify getting offended for no real reason.

posted by kooka_lives on June 6, 2010 at 9:32 AM | link to this | reply

While you are right, that it would likely be better to use more accurate
terms, how many people would actually care?

Most Christians don't want to learn anything that may encompass another religion. And being that Pagans don't recruit, it would be strange to think that a Pagan, even one worshiping a deity from that particular pantheon would be upset on how the deity is referred to.

But I guess what you are saying is that Pagan is too general of a term to be used, which I guess it may or may not be, depending on how you look at it.

In the case you are talking about the woman overreacting to a statue, I can kinda see her point if other "religious" things are forbidden.  Yet one has to wonder why these things are so offensive to people who don't believe these other deities to exist anyway.  From where comes the threat of something that is not real?
It would be like being pissed because of a statue of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny ... non threatening and just doesn't make sense.

posted by Afzal_Sunny7 on June 5, 2010 at 8:39 PM | link to this | reply

He is pagan, as pagan can refer to any deity not Christian or Jewish.  But that is not a good way to classify him in that it tells you nothing about the being.  Pagan is way too vague and over used of a term. When talking about the various gods out there it is just better to use more accurate terms as to where they come from.

posted by kooka_lives on June 5, 2010 at 8:08 PM | link to this | reply

Actually Anibus would be considered a Pagan God.
And I'm sure that there are "many" people that worship him, though compared to the total population would be few.

I have not studied the many pantheons, but I believe that anything that has more than one God/Goddess is considered Pagan.

Some Pagans worship one or more gods from one pantheon, and some worship from several pantheons.

Some don't so much "worship" as they do hold respect for their chosen Gods.

They are often chosen and worked with by what traits they hold and how they are able to help a certain person in a certain situation.

It doesn't matter that most or all of these Gods/Goddesses are mythical. One could justly say that the Christian and other Gods are equally mythical. I have seen many Pagans talk about Gods from the Egyptian Pantheon.

I have, in the past worked with bast(et) an Egyptian Goddess.  The purpose being that this particular Goddess is known for the protection of women and cats, and at the time I had a need for that particular trait.

It wasn't really like a worshiping relationship but more such of a respectful request.

posted by Afzal_Sunny7 on June 5, 2010 at 7:56 PM | link to this | reply

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