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what is a pagan?

i really have no idea.. just wondering. thank u

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:32 AM on Jun. 25, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • A pagan is someone who like believes that everything has a soul or spirit. Google it, my friend.

    Answer by tykesmommy at 1:44 AM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Pagans basically commit to live in harmony with nature and all creatures and they're not neccasarily "witches". Like I said, the Internet has lots of info about everything. I'm sure there is so exception with paganism.

    Answer by tykesmommy at 1:46 AM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • The "normal" definition - any religion that is not Abrahamic (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). The truer definition is about nature based religions. They're mostly religions older than the Bible, though there are other newer variations like Wicca and New Ageism. Some of them really do not fit the description aside from being not Abrahamic, but they get lumped in anyway because people are too lazy to say non-Christian when that's what they really mean.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:28 AM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • NotPanicking, i dont believe the "truer" definition is a nautre based religion. There are three different kinds of paganism. But usually whe one says they are pagan they mean they are neo-pagan. This is not always the case. ...but often.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:36 AM on Jun. 25, 2009


    Thats a link i found. it lists 5 different kinds of paganism. ...i only knew of 3


    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:40 AM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • A lot of people say it's anything not Christian, Jewish or Muslim (as NotPanicking said). There are other definitions, though, as outstandingLove pointed out. If you're asking because of posts like mine on here, then I would say that the nature centered religions is a more accurate definition. Pagan is an umbrella term that encompasses many different religions and belief systems.

    Answer by Mrs.BAT at 5:58 AM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Bonewits spearheaded the breakdown on Paleo- Meso- and Neo- Paganism, so I tend to prefer his explanation on it. Everyone is still trying to arrive at a decent defination for Paganism. So it's still best to ask what they mean when they say "Pagan."


    Answer by isabellalecour at 7:36 AM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Technically a Pagan is anyone that's not a member of a Sect of Judism, Christian or Muslum... Now, that said. When you hear the term pagan or someone claims to be pagan, they are most likely a member of a faith that originated pre-Christianity. Most are Earth loving but not all. Although Budhists and Athiests would technically fall under the pagan umbrella they are not what is refered to when the word is in use as a religious title, generally. The only time that they are generally refered to as Pagan is when you hear a Christian refer to non-Christians as Pagan, When however you see someone say "I'm Pagan" or you see a question directed to Pagans, they are refering to those that belong to pre-Christian based faiths.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:47 AM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • The definition of Pagan as all non-Abrahamic religions is a dated definition no longer in use in philosophical, theological, or academic circles. It is rarely what is meant when used by the general public either. If an American is saying Pagan they usually mean Neo-pagan or ancient Pagan religions.

    Answer by nysa00 at 2:43 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • The word "pagan" is derived from the Latin word "paganus" which essentially meant someone who lives in the country. As more city dwellers changed over to a new religion (Christianity) it was used to refer to people who still practiced the old (pre-Christian) religions because they tended to be country dwellers. Eventually it was used as a negative blanket term for any non-Christian religion. In more recent times, certain people have reclaimed the word and used it to describe a group of religions that were/are partially inspired by pre-Christian religions. Neo-Pagan is perhaps a better term, but for brevity's sake a lot of people just use "Pagan". Religions are capitalized, so if one is referring to Paganism as a religion and not just any ol' non-Christian, it would be capitalized.

    Answer by jessradtke at 5:53 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

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