not trying to start anything dramatic, just curious and a bit of a language geek, perhaps even skeptical enough to even be skeptical of your skeptisism. ; ^ )
reguardless, the subject is this -
"We don't buy into the assumption that paganism = nature-oriented religion."
then what is it? to my admittedly language-geek mind the following appear:
- pagan, from the latin pagus, meaning 'country district', tilled land, place of nature with some influence of man.
- heathen, from the germanic heath, un-tilled land, place of nature, man-influence-free.
both have to do with nature.
how do you see pagan as _not_ nature related? or are you just using the word
'pagan' instead of 'polytheistic' ? (though most all polytheistic religions
have pagan aspects to them as well, related but separate topic.)
interested to hear your views.