Somebody called me a pagan and I took offense, but upon further research I could be considered by definition, a pagan.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/pagan

It is obvious that this definition was created by a christian, but I wonder if this definition still applies? Or have we finally evolved past such defintions?

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  • The original word comes from the Latin Paganus meaning rustic/country dweller, and it was an insult. Christianity was an urban religion, and the country folk saw no need to convert, so they were labelled Pagans.

    My own personal preference is that it relates to any of the PRE-christian religions, where-as what we are today is NEO-Pagans, which means we are reconstructing the religions of our ancestors.

    My issue with that website is the following:-
    2. Professing no religion; heathen.
    A heathen is one who follows the religions of the North, where as this dictionary labels a heathen as an atheist.

  • The traditional definition of pagan is anyone who’s not Christian, and this definition was only used by Christians. But some people today self-identify as pagans, and they have some specific beliefs and practices.

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