Originally posted by karoly aczel
I want truth. It is my understanding some pagan beliefs were in accord with the truth.
I do not know if Christianity is “superior” as rabbie pointed out earlier; but I know that the Christian temples were built on Pagan holy grounds and that the Christians kept the Pagans on the run mainly by means of accusing them for “witchcraft”. Even the famous philosopher and mathematician Hypatia was cut in pieces by Nitrian monks because she was ridiculously accused as a witch by that morbid joker, Cyril, who later was declared a saint by the Orthodox Christian Church! The Inquisition and the Puritans amongst else had also their share…
However today one can spot Druids, Shamans, Sacred Ecologists, Odinists, Wiccans and Heathens amongst else, all of them parts of the Pagan community. I could also accept that the systems Hinduism-Taoism-Shintoism are of Pagan origin, along with the Pythagorean, the Platonist/ Neo-Platonist and the Aristotelian approach -and this is the reason why many Christians claim that even the Atheists and the Ancient Greek Naturalists and the Pre-Socratic philosophers are also Pagans.
It seems to me that the Paganism of today is not related to a specific doctrine although the recognition of the “divine in nature” is considered a fact. The Pagans of today “see” the power of the divine in the ongoing cycle of life and death and they consider it “holy”. They appear eager to protect the natural environment and they want to contact the "divine element" of the nature that surrounds them. As far as whatever they are doing causes no harm, methinks they should be free to do their thing as every other believer of every religion.
Anyway, to me religions and ungodliness are both products of the human mind -nothing holy