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

“pa·gan   /ˈpeɪgən/ [pey-guhn]
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.
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”

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What is the scientific name for the herb “spanish needle”?

Question by Diwa: What is the scientific name for the herb “spanish needle”?
This herb is native to Jamaica West Indies. Origin I am not sure – may be spanish or latin.

Best answer:

Answer by annie201207
I believe, its Bidens pilosa (family: Asteraceae). It has insecticidal properties.

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What’s the name of this kind of “Spirit Guide”?

Question by Mad Hatter: What’s the name of this kind of “Spirit Guide”?
i had no clue how to word the question, so my apologies for the vagueness of it.

But: I’m looking for a particular word of this kind of person. I remember a physic talking about these kind of people who, as they sleep, help spirits go into the next world/afterlife, like through astral projection, or something. That is, they are some means of guide. I can’t remember what this is called, and it’s driving me crazy. Does anyone know what I’m talking about?

p.s. I don’t need any remarks about whether or not this is true. I don’t care if it’s true, because it’s for a fiction story, anyways, so that doesn’t matter.

Best answer:

Answer by lisa d
The name would be conscience- or our left Luey. When we astral travel we merge our soul and travel back to visit someone in Hebew. Duey says that you last astral traveled to visit your Earth mom, about 4 days ago. Don astral traveled about 4 days ago too, to visit his Earth dad. Tom astral traveled back to Om about 6 days ago to thank him for reinstating him again:) I used to pray to remember my astral travel, but that never happened. It has been 1 and a half years since I have traveled, because I am suffering. i used to pray to astral travel in my sleep in Earth too, like to visit New York or something, but Duey says that we only travel back to Hebew. Maybe you can ask your conscience about your travel and who else you visit when you go back Home when you are sleeping.

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Spammers Illegally Using The Noble Pagan Domain Name

(PRWEB) October 3, 2003

Federal Way, WA (PRWEB) October 3, 2003 The Noble Pagan is a web site devoted to educating the public regarding pagan religious paths and promoting acceptance of all religious belief systems. Currently, its domain name is being illegally used by spammers. Spammers are using the domain name to give themselves the appearance of a legitimate business. The Noble Pagan, TNP, is aware of the IP addresses and locations of as many as 45 email relays which are being used to send messages to the public.

The spammers draw up an email and then mass message all of the public email servers like AOL, Yahoo and MSN. These messages are not being sent by TNP but from different email “relay” stations around the globe. When it reaches the end user, the sender’s address is an indecipherable name (for example, jbnskk@noblepagan.com). When the spammed user goes to The Noble Pagan web site, they find it is a legitimate entity.

TNP is not sending these emails nor does it condone the use of this type of advertising. TNP will never advertise for non-pagan commercial sites nor does TNP use spam to simply get a message out to the public. In response to the slandering of its name, TNP is following legal procedures. Charges are being filed against all individuals/businesses that are responsible for these mass emailing messages.

TNP humbly apologizes to all who have received these mass-emailed advertisements from the domain noblepagan.com. The staff at TNP is doing everything possible to avoid future occurrences of spam.

For further information, please contact TNP’s Administrator at noblepagan@noblepagan.com.

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The Noble Pagan has been an official web site since February 2000, and has been promoting the tolerance of all religions and peoples by educating the public about earth based religions and their beliefs. We an a non-denominational, open door community. We do not discriminated due to sex, color, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or otherwise.