Discussion in 'Pagan' started by enlightenment, Jul 24, 2007.
I'll have to look those up. Great, my amazon wishlist shall grow yet more....
I made a mistake too in that post... Nancy B. Watson's book is called "Practical Solitary Magic."
Please don't apologize for asking. I'll gladly answer your questions.
1) This is a hotly debated topic within Paganism. My opinion is that one can be a Christian with Pagan influences or a Pagan with Christian influences, but not entirely both religions at once.
2) The Roman Empire was Christianized before its fall. History books go into much more depth than I can here. Gibbon's The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ought to be available online. Chapters 15, 16, 20, and 21 are relevant, if my memory serves me well. It's long (12 volumes), so you might not want to read all of it unless you have more than a passing interest in history. The chapters I mentioned should all be contained within volume 3.
3) I don't know. That depends on how we define Pagan. Defining what does and does not qualify as a member of a specific religious category can be a dangerous business.
4) Not all Pagans revere nature, and not all Pagans practice magic. Additionally, most practitioners of magic consider magic to be natural, rather than supernatural.
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