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Author Topic: Special Topic: Why We're Touchy About Defining Paganism  (Read 47622 times)
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« Reply #25: April 19, 2007, 05:27:34 pm »

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. 
  

I wasn't making any kind of judgment concerning the definition being negative vs positive. I didn't call the statement a "negative definition" or mean to imply that it was a "crime against logic."

Actually...  I don't think that's the kind of positive/negative divide that was being addressed in what you quoted.  I think it was defining a group by what they are (positive) as opposed to what they are not (negative), not whether they're good or bad.  Smiley

Yeah, that's what I meant, the statement defines us (Pagans) as a group by what we are not as opposed to what we are. And that may be the best we can do in defining modern Paganism.
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