Yes, that has emerged from your own and other comments. I suppose one could say whether one follows one's own way or the way of another, the term orthodox — ortho (right or straight) doxa (belief) — would not really apply only to the latter.
The thing is, most Pagans are agnostic in terms of belief. Belief is a very personal thing in Paganism and generally speaking, one doesn't think their beliefs are "right" or "straight" but rather "useful," "accurate to one's experience," and "the best one can do given limitations."
As one of the keynote speakers put it, "We are not people of faith. We are people of experience. Our beliefs are grounded in our personal lived experience." This is partly why there is little emphasis on unity of belief. People are thought to each be on an experiential spiritual journey that will cause them to change beliefs as they perceive more deeply and widely.
As Victor Anderson (the founder of Feri Witchcraft) put it, "Perceive first, believe later."
Well we would say not 'repurposed', but in the adoption of pagan deities and festivals, it is because they correspond to the nature cycle and signify what the Christian would regard as 'true'.
I take a middle (and I think practical) road on this. I think the Catholic church co-opted deities and festivals all over because it made it a lot easier to spread Catholicism. However, at the same time, I am not entirely cynical and I do think that despite the institutional design of doing so in what I would consider an unethical and sneaky way, your average priest or monk could certainly have been coming out of a space that recognized the truth, beauty, and glory of the cyles of nature.
Personally I am still fond of St Christopher, although patently a myth, and in another context, a minor deity ... but what he signifies is what matters.
That's what I was getting at- the gods/goddesses of various pantheons and the saints, while different in some ways (doctrinal) are very much the same in terms of relating between the Divine and the human psyche. They speak to human need.
I would tend to disagree ... a saint is not the source of his or her own virtue, nor is sanctity an inherent quality of human nature. So the saints display given charisms of Divine Grace.
Well, certainly, there are differences between Christian doctrine and the common beliefs in Paganism. However, it is not necessarily so different as you'd think. Quite a few Pagans believe in a Divine Flow that moves in beings to cause harmony and virtue, if such beings allow it based on free will. This is little different from the concept of grace, except that Pagans generally do believe in the immanence of this Divine, and so it is meaningless to distinguish between the sacredness of human (or other) beings and the sacredness of God. Except in the case of "hard" polytheists without a sense of that Divine Flow, which seems to be a subset but certainly not the only one, nothing is the source of its own anything. The Source of everything is the Divine, which unfolds or flows through everything, making all sacred. It's immanence at its fully extended point- singularity becoming/manifesting into all.
That's technically incorrect. Satan is not the equal of God, so it's not dualist in that aspect.
I know that it isn't technically correct. But in practice, it comes pretty close. Personally, it was one of the things that always bothered me within Christianity- the amount of power that many Christians afford Satan. It seems fairly clear that this view is not grounded in Judaism and is likely influenced by Mithraism and Zoroastrianism.
Thus 'traditional' Christianity expresses the one-ness of the unity in Him, and it is union in Him that embodies the unity among the communion. This is the principle and primary rite of the Traditional Church: that all who engage in it are one body, and one mind.
But just change "Christ" to "Divine" or "Goddess" or "Great Spirit" and it would apply to Paganism pretty well--
"Paganism expresses the oneness of unity in the Divine, and it is union in the Divine that embodies the unity among the community. This is the principle and primary rite of Pagan groups: that all who engage in it are ultimately of one body and one mind."
As is common to say: "Thou art Goddess. Thou art God."
Generally speaking, people do not mean this as an individual deity... but unity in the fabric of the cosmos itself, the Great Spirit. Being of one body and mind in Paganism is not about believing the same things or doing the same things, but rather in recognizing that the diversity is, in fact, the beautiful tapestry of God Herself.