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Why I Call Myself Pagan

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by The Hammer, Aug 10, 2022.

  1. The Hammer

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    Why I Still Call Myself Pagan

    This gentleman hit a few good points on this topic. But kind of like they say, it's because it fits.

    But. It's a catchall term for any number of Devotional, Ecstatic, Polytheistic, Magickal and ultimately Nature oriented practices. And yes I think all five of these are important to have in some degree to be considered under "big tent Paganism".

    And yes, depending on the company and knowledge of those I'm talking with or where we are, this label shifts around (Druid, Polytheist, Mage).
     
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    Labels mean a lot to some and almost nothing to others at the same time.
     
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    @The Hammer, being a Wiccan and a polytheist has been a very positive experience for me. I can genuinely say that it fits my life perfectly. Sadly, I can't say the same when I was a Christian for thirty years. Thank you for posting the article. I truly appreciate it.
     
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    Words, expression, spoken or written is what we Christians call the Logos. In the beginning was the Word (Logos) It's said to be God in John - Divine expression, written and/or spoken words and creative force - Music, art, words (language), anything relative to conveying a message or truth to another. I read your signature. Paganism? Well, it's a big tent - Some of which found its way in my belief system. I'm fairly certain a great deal has been borrowed from - "The big tent". I don't call myself a pagan, but I'm not unfamiliar with paganism - at least not the nature oriented type. Sun, (moon?), wind, rain, fire ... earth - These are very significant in my faith. God a consuming fire, floods, dust of the ground, flaming swords, life under the sun, breath of life/God's spirit, etc. These are all natural to us, yet often viewed as something other than. How is Pagan defined anyway?

    Flaming sword - Image
     

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    I call myself a Pagan as I'm not Abrahamic. It may be old-fashioned now but that's the definition I go by.
     
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    As a Hindu, I am pagan, but not a Pagan (an abbreviated title given to a follower of a neo-Pagan religion).
     
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    pa·gan | \ ˈpā-gən \
    plural pagans
    Definition of pagan
    (Entry 1 of 2)

    1: an unconverted member of a people or nation who does not practice Christianity, Judaism, or Islam
     
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    Uh huh. And?
     
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    SalixIncendium I hope all is well...
    I am a-feared if I post anything other then the Dictionary I will be accused of preaching!
     
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    Fair enough. If you are unable to engage in intellectual discussion without preaching, then perhaps it's best to stick with sharing with us your definitions of terms.

    Good talk.
     
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    This is just it.... intellectual discussion without preaching
    Anything said that is not agreed with can be called preaching!
     
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    Listening before lecturing usually remedies that.
     
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    Note, they commented they're lowercase pagan rather than uppercase Pagan. The latter indicates the modern Pagan religious movement aka Neopaganism or Contemporary Paganism. The dictionary entry pertains to the former, not the latter.
     
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    Nope. Any personal opinions or views you present here as definitive fact with the intent to convert or lead someone away from their path is preaching.
     
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    One could also call oneself a comminatory cereologist and achieve the same degree of ambiguity.
     
  16. The Hammer

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    I see your still trying to be combative. Figures.

    <Yawn> ignore </yawn>
     
  17. Jayhawker Soule

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    A couple of questions ..,
    1. Why is considering "pagan" to be an ambiguous term combative?
    2. What "figures"?
    3. Why "Yawn." Though HTML5 tags are not case sensitive, using lower case continues to be seen as "best practice."
     
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