If Carol has taken a look at the Pagan Federation website
(by which one assumes you mean www.paganfed.demon.co.uk)
I suspect that she swiftly became tired, as I did, of
failure to find any definition of what the term 'Pagan'
is supposed to mean. After wading through a lot of woolly
stuff about "pagan outlook...and 3 principles", "seekers
after the Old Ways" and a "rich variety of traditions",
including apparent attempts to reconcile the ancient
Egyptian, Persian, Hindu, Graeco-Roman and Norse pantheons
with themselves and other anonymous deities bafflement
prevailed rather than clarity. Then one finds breathtakingly
sweeping statements such as "Paganism is the ancient religion
of the whole of humanity". How about some evidence, falsified
The closest statement to a definition of 'Pagan' was again
in the negative: "a religion without goddesses can hardly be
classified as pagan". Until something more precise is
published, Carol's dictionary definition looks as good as
From: Andy Norfolk [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 22 May 2003 08:33
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Subject: Re: Pagan nonsense
> What exactly do the people who call themselves "pagans" mean? According to
> my dictionaries, paganism consists in not being Christian, Muslim or
> Jewish. In less enlightened times even Muslims and Jews were considered
> be pagans too.
Sorry Carol, but this I think shows the pitfalls of expressing an opinion
based on insufficient information.
Have a look at the Pagan Federation website where I think you should find a
rather more useful description of contemporary Paganism.