(1) It always seems based on hodge-podge, catch-what-you-will spirituality. (This makes it appealing to anyone wanting to smorgasbord their spiritual thinkerings and tinkerings).
I have to agree. Unfortunately we have to recreate the religion because it was erased from our history.
(2) You always hear conspiracy theory history. I especially like the bit about “millions killed” by Christians. Now, speaking realistically, how do you kill millions of people without such things as atomic bombs, gas chambers or bubonic plague? This charge is simply hyperbole.**
Again, I have to agree. Don’t know why people have to vilify another religion or people in order to give their’s more weight.
(3) It’s just a fancy mask for New Age thinking. Personally, I have conceptual trouble with a religion that just lets you do whatever you want to do.
Fine, then don’t do it. I have a problem with a religion that rules against personalizing my faith.
**I don’t buy the “No Harm” clause: philosophically, the discernment of damage and harm always must be understood beyond the mere physical sense.
Not all pagans believe in the “no harm” clause as you put it. But again I’d have to agree - harm is more then just physical. I’m inclined to believe that most pagans understand and agree with that definition of harm.
(4) It’s connected with the glamorization of Olde Mother Englande. It’s almost always the Celts they talk about; never the Vandals or Mongols or Romans. If you’re really into Anglophilia, this “pagan” stuff might twitch your bone.
Mostly it is, isn’t it? Some pagans would find it strange that Christians converted to a jewish based religion. Whatever floats your boat. You might be interested to know that there is a wide variety of pagans who prefer non-celtic religions. I like to think of it as reclaiming my aboriginal faith and since I’m scottish/irish then thats the area that I focus on.
(5) Romans killed plenty of pagans; I suppose this is “Pagan on Pagan” violence. I’ve read Tacitus’ account of Caesar’s fighting against the Celts.
I suppose they did, didn’t they? One people from one country waging war against another, when both countries are pagan, would be pagans killing pagans.
I find it more interesting that Catholics killed Catholics of a different ‘flavor’…burned them alive I believe. But I’m sure you can dig up stories of pagans burning pagans of the same religion too…sounds more like it one could cut to the point and merely l say that sometimes people kill people…and sometimes they share religions.
At the end of the day I really see more similarities between human beings then differences. But we like to emphasis the differences in order to define ourselves as different from another group…otherwise we’d all be one big group…like a race of humans or something.