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Author Topic: Neo-Pagan Unity: Does it Exist, Should it Exist?  (Read 14662 times)
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« Reply #18: January 26, 2008, 08:13:27 am »

He has good arguments to call them a part of Christianity, but I find his argumentation that they are a dualistic faith much better.

As neither Satanists nor other Christians consider Satanism a Christian religion, it is really arrogant to classify them as such as it imposes the beliefs of the person doing the classifying on the groups being classified. This is what folklorists and anthropologists writing in the 1800s and early 1900s used to do. It is not acceptable practice today.

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Wouldn't it be easier to shun them out, as he wishes, by that category?

I have no desire to shut them out just because I disagree with their beliefs. I support freedom of religion for all, not just for those people I agree with. Trying to kick them out from under the "Pagan umbrella" because we don't like them is no different from Christian fundies trying to kick Pagan religions out from under the "religion umbrella" because they don't like our beliefs.

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Are there any Pagans who seperate the world into good and evil?

Yes. Many do in practice and many Pagan religions do see good and evil in the world even if the practices those religions assign to the good and evil columns are different from those assigned by JCI religions.

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Or maybe Satanism is an own religion in the JCI-tradition, for which dividing the universe into god & evil is a major characteristic?

Just a side note, but not even all JCI religions divide the world into good & evil to the extent the most Conservative Protestant churches. Many less vocal branches of Christianity, for example, see all of Creation as good.
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