Why do people think “Pagan” is the name of a religion?

Why do people think “Pagan” is the name of a religion?

Question by BrokenEye, the Straw Man version: Why do people think “Pagan” is the name of a religion?
Its a derogatory term that Medieval Christians used to refer to non-Abrahamic religions, and on occasion, Judaism and Islam.

Here’s the entire entry on the word “Pagan” from dictionary.com
(http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pagan)

“pa·gan   /ˈpeɪgən/ [pey-guhn]
–noun
1.one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.
2.a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim.
3.an irreligious or hedonistic person.
–adjective
4.pertaining to the worship or worshipers of any religion that is neither Christian, Jewish, nor Muslim.
5.of, pertaining to, or characteristic of pagans.
6.irreligious or hedonistic.”

Best answer:

Answer by Curing Religion
Define “people”

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

  1. Red Doll ShoesSep 20, 2011

    Because “one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks” means it’s a religion.

  2. Bill CosbySep 20, 2011

    Be sure to watch The Cosby Show!

  3. Lincoln6Sep 20, 2011

    Originally, “Pagan” was a definition for, ‘country people’.

  4. ~~**Ma'iingan**~~Sep 20, 2011

    I think numbers 1 and 4. answered your question. It’s an umbrella term, like Christianity.

  5. imagineSep 20, 2011

    People can give their religion whatever name they want.

  6. xanzibarSep 20, 2011

    Why do people think anything. They’re all morons.

  7. D AravahSep 20, 2011

    answer: actually it’s much older and meant a rural country dweller. Just because ignorant ancient Christians meant it as an insult doesn’t mean they had it correct.

    Most pagans will rightly point you to number 4 of your own list and roll their eyes at lame attempts to discredit their religions, especially from those that are intolerant enough to claim there are only two religions: Christianity and Satanism – which would include Judaism and Islam to them, no doubt.

  8. CMSep 20, 2011

    I thought the belief in Santa was Pagan.

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