I read a post, about why Pagan shouldn't be used as a broad term (used to describe any non-Christian).. it's offensive to Pagans to be grouped as such, since it doesn't truly define them. Historically the term was used by Christians as a derogatory term.
After reading an anon. reply... about why should a Pagan care, because that's the definition (when it's truly not).. I pointed out the reason behind why it started. I will post what the term Christian originally started as well as Pagan, below. They aren't nice terms originally. A Christian however has adopted the term, and has been able to reuse the definition in a dictionary.. Pagans were not given the same rights until recently you can find updated dictionary definitions online. They have a right to be mad that it took so long to fix, especially since it's not fixed in every dictionary.
Answer by NotPanicking at 2:19 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 1:10 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
CHRISTIAN comes from Latin 'christanius' as does 'cretin', 'cretan' and 'cretian'. The term was a derogatory word. Meaning little Messiah.. it was meant to be used to poke fun of Jesus's followers.
PAGAN: Some believe that in the early Roman Empire, "paganus" came to mean "civilian" as opposed to "military." Christians often called themselves "miles Christi" (Soldiers of Christ). The non-Christians became "pagani" -- non-soldiers or civilians. By the third century CE, its meaning evolved to include all non-Christians. Eventually, it became an evil term that implied the possibility of Satan worship.
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