A Pagan is simply someone who lives in nature, in the country, close to
natural resources: Latin paganus. Not an urban person who lives caged
in a cell among strangers and relies on human-made and artificial means and
resources to live. All indigenous peoples are Pagan. Considered as a religion or
worldview, Paganism is the non-institutional, tribal or community orientation of
human culture to the non-humam world, with the intent to preserve a pact or bond
with the greater forces of the environment so that human society can survive in
a sane and harmonious manner. As such, Paganism is just the collective cultural
expression of the oldest worldview on earth, animism.
Protests against the film on the issue of nature worship are likely to reveal in a most flagrant matter the stupidity and ignorant prejudice of Christians entrapped in a series of mental glitches that runs something like this: Pagan - tree-huggers - dirty hippies - indigenous savagery - nature worship - Satanism - sadism - human sacrifice - orgies - black magic - harming and killing people for the kick of it. Now that is a heady recipe for some wicked fun, perhaps, but hardly equal to the record of the Church of the One True Faith.
Think of a religion that offers a torture instrument as a symbol of divine love and elevates suffering to a divine purpose: "The divine victim mirrors to humanity, not the solution to our suffering and a way to overcome it, but our total, consuming enslavement to it. Victimage works because it makes the force of suffering look stronger than the life force itself." ----John Lash (Not in His Image: Ch. 19, A Unique Message of Love) "TAKE BACK THE PLANET" A Review of James Cameron's Avatar by John Lamb Lash
The main objection of the Christophiles is that we cannot find
salvation in the natural world, but only through the supernatural messiah. I
would reply, if we really live in harmony with the natural world, we don't need
salvation in the first place.
The Curse inside Dictionaries. In the old days, 1970's, pagan was just someone with NO religious beliefs. Today, in 2006, a pagan is someone with OTHER religious beliefs.