From “Beyond Evangelical” blog by Frank Viola
Welcome to another Thursday UNFILTERED blog post, the only blog that isn’t ashamed to spend Friday nights at home.
Quick history lesson on the word “pagan” since I’m using it in the article title.
The term pagan was used by the early Christian apologists to group non-Christians into a convenient package. At its root, a pagan is a country dweller, an inhabitant of the pagus or the heath (the rural district).
Because Christianity primarily spread in the cities, the country bumpkins, i.e., the pagans or heathens, were regarded as those who believed in the old gods.
So “pagan” is a synonym for people who do not follow Jesus.
Now that we have that cleared up, that’s NOT the point of this article. Read more