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Pagan v pagan

Reader comment on item: Something Rotten in Denmark?
in response to reader comment: Is this true information about the Muslims ? or is it a conspiracy ?

Submitted by Sword of Islam (United Kingdom), Mar 31, 2006 at 06:43

Google tells me that you're BOTH correct as far as a definition of the word is concerned. I think it fair to say that it means different things to different people due to the history of the word rather the actual belief system that it describes. It historically was used by Christians to describe anybody who didn't follow the same belief system so I think that JustMe's faux pas is understandable.. I generally take the noun 'pagan' to mean this and the pronoun 'Pagan' as an umbrella term covering the pre-Christian European religions. But again, that definition is going to vary from person to person.

I thought that Wicca was applied to witchcraft (that's not a term that I use judgmentally as it's probably more reasonable to me than either Christianity or Islam as the science that we practice today would have been considered witchcraft a century ago!) so don't read anything into the use of that particular word. I thought that it was more about Mother Earth/Gaia than the Norse Gods so I found your post very interesting. A day is always well spent if you can say that you've learned something new at the end of it!

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