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Thread #64049   Message #1044955
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
30-Oct-03 - 08:50 PM
Thread Name: Chants vs. Song: why don't Pagans *sing*
Subject: RE: Chants vs. Song: why don't Pagans *sing*
And "heathen" has similar roots, meaning a person from the heath, a country person.

I hadn't heard the Roman army/soldier of the Lord explanation for the application of "pagan" to non-Christians. I had understood that it arose from the fact that the strength of the Christian movement in the early days was in the cities, especially after it was the official religion, with Imperial sanction, and so it was in the country districts where the old practices and religions held on. Thus, the old religions/practices were of the country, the pagus, and so pagan. Can't remember where I read that.

Dave Oesterreich