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

    “pa·gan   /ˈpeɪgən/ [pey-guhn]
    –noun 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. 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”

    Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!


    Yours, Mine and Ours

    “Is that right, YOUR going to grow some tomatoes”. Now, knowing I am the official and only gardener of our grounds, this was an interesting desire on his part as we both know exactly how he was going to accomplish this effort.


    1. 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.

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

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

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