Paganism is generally defined as a religious system outside one of the main world religions. (I don't necessarily agree with that defintion.) It is often used in a derogatory sense.The word 'pagan' is very similar to the word 'heretic' to me... All Pagans are heretics, but not quite all heretics are pagan.
Think paganism is what Paul described to us in Romans 1.Paganism is generally defined as a religious system outside one of the main world religions. (I don't necessarily agree with that defintion.) It is often used in a derogatory sense.
Heresy, on the other hand, is a deviation from a receieved orthodoxy within a religion.
Of course there is overlap, especially when religions syncretize (which happens a lot), but, for the sake of clarity, the terms are best kept at some distance from each other.
Paganism in American Christianity? Are you wondering about professing Christians that also partake in Pagan (or pagan) practices/beliefs?How do you define Paganism?
Based on that definition how what is the problems with Paganism, and how common is Paganism in American Christianity?
It's like when the Catholic Church allows for occultic practices, animal and Shaman activity in say island nations they sent priests to convert.Paganism generally operates within a closed system -- manipulate one thing within the created order to affect another. Even if a god or spirit is mentioned, it offers no relationship and no revelation apart from visions induced by manipulating the natural order.
Within Christianity, paganism has become an issue when some manifestation of the church encounters a pagan culture but does not eliminate the practices when people enter the church. You still see this in Mexico and other Latin American nations. (Wanna celebrate Dia de muertous anyone?) For that matter, "Luck of the Irish" and wearing costumes to ward off ghosts are hardly theistic in origin.
I define it (and use the term) as the religion of the heathen, usually those who worship nature, manufactured idols, and/or believe in polytheism. I suppose it has a more refined definition, but this is how I relate the term in my mind.How do you define Paganism?
It is opposed to God and true religion. I believe it is more (or becoming more) common than we realize right now.Based on that definition how what is the problems with Paganism, and how common is Paganism in American Christianity?
Exactly. I think what we are seeing around us: the transgender hysteria, the sodomite agenda, "climate change" derangement, and just the general depravity is pure paganism. It is to replace the Creator with the creature and to substitute the Truth with a lie.In terms of describing paganism in the modern American context, I think the 1987 Dragnet movie offers us a helpful acrostic: People Against Goodness And Normalcy.
When I think of the modern freak parade to which we're exposed, I routinely think of that movie and that acrostic.
It sounds like you're desctibing neo-paganism, which is an idiotic revival of dead pagan religions. Norse paganism seems to be particularly popular, but Greek-based neo-paganism has its followers as well. Neo-paganism is a Western phenomenon. I figure it's mostly people with crises of identity and, perhaps, spiritual longing.I personally knew a few pagans in my past. These were people who worshipped multiple gods. The gods were the typical gods like Zeus, Aphrodite, etc. sometimes people mix them up with atheists (using the term pagan to describe an atheist). They had specific worship rituals and alters. They were always scared of angering a god and if they felt they had they said they would turn around and threaten that god or completely ignore them. It’s a scary way to live I’m sure.