posted on Jun, 25 2013 @ 11:28 PM
I wish to thank Cirque for the opportunity to debate an interesting topic such as this.
On my behalf, I'll present that Paganism is a Religion that doesn't adhere to any of the three Abrahamic Faiths, namely, Judaism, Islam, and
Christianity, in that historical order. Surely, in modern society, at least, in the United States, there is a church every few blocks that adheres to
some form of Christianity. Catholic cathedrals are tributes to such, and have hundreds of adherents per geographic location.
Does a dominate percentage of structures dedicated to a particular religion denote a preference to such? Such a question is mere rhetoric, when you
realize that people who are not a Jew, a Christian, or a Muslim, are in fact, Pagans. Atheists? Agnostics?
Yep, viable Pagans, by definition. Heathens.
In my opening to this debate, I'd also like to stress that while Christianity in it's early years tried to dominate, the Pagans merely went
underground. A belief is something you die for, and I could show you examples of people who died for their beliefs throughout history, but it could
be understood that a predominant regime may introduce new ideals, but not necessarily because you to adhere to them.
In such cases, survival was foremost. Knowledge held before the Dark Ages may never be recovered, but I think there is redemption still within us.
Just because you are forced to accept a new ideology, a foreign belief, doesn't make it right, and human nature tends to what works. Paganism
survived as a belief system, much without rigours of solid definition, for thousands of years, and was completely acceptable, and unchallenged, until
Christianity came along trying to define an illogical premise of God on earth.
However, might wins. The armies of Constantine were relentless, and the concept of Christianity prevailed for hundreds of years without much
resistance, due to the fact that Pagans, by nature, are peaceful people. (Save the Norseman, or Vikings, but that was their way of life, and of
course, had a hard time adapting when originally presented with Christianity.)
I'll posit that Paganism was never replaced by Christianity, but people said they believed in Jesus to escape persecution, and practised their
beliefs in the privacy of their own homes. Conformity saves lives, not rebellion. In a modern age where rights are protected, we'll find further in
this debate that Paganism is alive as it ever was, and while a niche, still survives.
Back over to you, Cirque.