Friday, September 09, 2005

Defining Pagan Religions -- Can It Be Done?

Can Pagan religions be defined? Is it allowed by the "common Pagan consensus"?

Should one draw lines that possibly exclude some people who self-identify as followers of a given religion? Why - why not?

Is it even possible to define Pagan religions, or is it perhaps the other way around ? does a religion actually exist before it has been defined? How can we know what a religion is, before that religion has been defined somehow?

Will the names of different Pagan religions turn meaningless, if one can practice whatever one wishes and believe what one desires under a given name?

Is defining a religion equal to shepherding the members of a religion, or forcing them to rigid forms?

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