How can people be just plain “Pagan”?

Question by brian8907, VT: How can people be just plain “Pagan”?
No offense, but I mean….what IS your definition of Pagan?

When I think of Pagans, I think of differen’t things…like Egyptians were Pagans weren’t they? What about the Romans and the Greeks? The Anglo-Saxons, and the religion in Arabia before Islam….you know?

There are different Pagan religions, so when people on here say “I’m Pagan” which Pagan religion do they follow?
Thanks Daughter of Isis…lol I would;ve been able to tell which one you followed just by your name. I am not as ignorant as most of my fellow “Christians” lol.

I now understand what you mean…

P.S. With me…I am Christian…I don’t go to a church, therefore I am not a baptist, or a Catholic etc…I am just Christian. I believe in Jesus and God.
While voiceofreason made me laugh, thumbs down, not all are like that.

Best answer:

Answer by Daughter of Isis
We say Pagan like people say Christian.
I’m Pagan Specifically? I’m UU eclectic Egyptian Pagan. Pagan is easier to type.
If you ask, Pagan will tell you which tradition they are.

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6 thoughts on “How can people be just plain “Pagan”?

  1. The word “pagan” was assigned to non-Christians by Christians. Let them explain what they mean.

  2. That’s one of the reasons that I use the term “Wicca-based Pagan”, but some people follow their own polytheistic, nature-based religion that doesn’t fit neatly into any box other than “Pagan”.

    And actually your example of Christian is a nice analogy. If you say “Christian” it can mean any of a number of denominations, some of which are VERY different in how they interpret Christianity than others.

  3. Why, whatever religion they choose.

    I’m a general Pagan because I’m a solitary and ecclectic witch. That p***es off a lot of people. If you would prefer, I can simply say I’m a witch. Not that that narrows down the field of religion any, since a witch is simply one who practices witchcraft, which is not a religious designation. Pagan is an umbrella term for many religions. Since I’m not defined in any particular one, I capitalize Pagan and call it a religion.

  4. Well these days a pagan means some bogan who likes to dress up in black and prance around at medieval faires and smoke weed all the while claiming to worship nature.

  5. Pagan actually, historicall just meant sort of what we mean when we say “bumbpkin”. Just a derogatory word for a peasant.
    For example: in scotland a long, long time ago, before the enlightemnment, a lot of people in the cities were either some sect of protestant christianity or another, and people in the highlands in the clans were usually catholics or episcopalians. However, people in distant little villages without connections to huge communities of people might still be connected to old polytheistic religions. Like, druidism, or the old gaelic religions. They were reffered to as “pagan” mostly because they were “backwards” – they spoke the old gaelic and they practiced old superstitious religions, but the term stuck and now “pagan” means someone with an earth mother religion, or someone with a polytheistic religion tied to tales about the earth.
    Pagan sort of meant non-christian, but it doesn’t really. Today it’s a lot more specific.

  6. Good question. It’s like what Daughter of Isis said, just a general term.

    If people want me to define my religion in a term I say “Christian.” But more specifically I say “non-denominational liberal/progressive Armenian Protestant Christian with open theistic leanings.” That’s a bit much to say at first, but it’s what distinguishes me from the rest of the Christians. I think Paganism is similar. They use it as a general term, but will get more specific if asked.

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