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Author Topic: Special Topic: Why We're Touchy About Defining Paganism  (Read 63147 times)
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« Reply #15: April 13, 2007, 02:35:22 pm »

"A Pagan religion is a religion that is not Jewish, Christian, or Islamic and self-identifies as Pagan."

A definition is generally a statement that describes what something is. The statement above seems to be describing what Paganism is not.

I do understand how difficult it is to define such a wide variety of beliefs with one short, all-encompassing statement, but that does sound like it says "We don't know what it Paganism exactly, but we do know what it isn't." I guess that's as good a place to start as any.  Smiley

So?  It's a misnomer that "negative definitions" are *always* some horrible crime against logic.  In certain situations, negative definitions are the best and most useful -- such as this one. 

   
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