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"It was deliciously pagan." - Gregory Maguire

"Europe has resurrected its pagan gods." - Subhash Kak

"Great God! I'd rather be a Pagan...." - William Wordsworth

"He's a pagan! I'm an artist! We"re naturally sympathetic!" - Sidney Howard

"You're mine, Pagan Moore. You will always be mine." - Abbi Glines

"Demons lie behind much of the world's pagan worship systems." - Max Anders

"He had fought like a pagan who defends his religion." - Stephen Crane

"Europe has resurrected its pagan gods. ** Recursionism and Reality." - Subhash Kak

"He's a pagan! I'm an artist! We're naturally sympathetic!" - Sidney Howard

"Scratch the Christian and you find the pagan - spoiled." - Israel Zangwill

"Everyone would like to behave like a pagan, with everyone else behaving like a Christian." - Albert Camus

"The Christian fear of the pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of man." - David Herbert Lawrence

"The free will is a pagan goddess that the Church has worshipped for far too long." - Steve Lawson

"I'll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy." - Herman Melville

"Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Till Peter's keys come christen'd Jove adorn, And Pan to Moses lends his Pagan born." - Alexander Pope

"Darwinism is a pagan religion whose roots go back to the Sumerians and Ancient Egypt." - Harun Yahya

"The UK is becoming a pagan nation along with most European nations." - David Wilkerson

"I understand, and not knowing how to express myself without pagan words, I'd rather remain silent" - Arthur Rimbaud

"I've found a more personal, pagan kind of religion to satisfy the spiritual side of things." - Julian Clary

"I enjoyed history at school. I'd always had a sense of pagan England." - Damon Albarn

"In Germany, a new sect shall be born which shall renew ancient pagan times." - Nostradamus

"It looked like a pagan banner planted on a Christian rampart." - Douglas Reed

"Funerals are a pagan rite. There's not any doubt about it." - Steve Earle

"The Christian fear of the pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of man." - D H Lawrence

"When a pagan race comes in contact with a Christian race, they are converted, absorbed, or exterminated." - Joseph R. Bartlett

"Knew I how to pray, to intercede for your [broken] Foot were intuitive - but I am but a Pagan." - Emily Dickinson

"behold The approach of him whom none believes, Whom all believe that all believe, A pagan in a varnished car." - Wallace Stevens

"The authentic pagan has no need of religion because, whatever religion can provide, he already has it." - Rajneesh

"When a pagan race comes in contact with a Christian race, they are converted, absorbed, or exterminated." - Joseph Bartlett

"Death my lord, Their clothes are after such a pagan cut to 't That sure th' have worn out Christendom." - William Shakespeare

"Merry Christmas to all. A Pagan holiday (BC) becomes a Religious holiday (AD). Which then becomes a Shopping holiday (USA)." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

"Lack of love for the vegetative, subtle, cthonic, pagan, and sexy aspect of the world means death." - Alan Watts

"If a pagan asks you to show him your faith, take him into church and place him before the icons." - John of Damascus

"The good part of Christmas is not always Christian - it is generally Pagan; that is to say, human, natural." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Superficial similarities exist between Christianity and some ancient pagan religions. But careful study reveals that there are far more dissimilarities." - Carl E. Olson

"He stopped and looked back at me "I love you too Pagan. I'll miss you. In every life." - Abbi Glines

"I have always considered myself, when I learned what the word meant, I've always considered myself a Pagan." - Timothy Leary

"The gargantuan promiscuity of the Seventies gay male world was a pagan phenomenon, unequaled in scale since the Roman empire." - Camille Paglia

"Behold The approach of him whom none believes, Whom all believe that all believe, A pagan in a varnished car." - Wallace Stevens

"Things impolitic and dangerous: praise for Greek ideals, supernatural magic, visits to pagan temples. Enthusiasm for the ancient gods" - Constantine P. Cavafy

"The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman Emperor Constantine the Great" - Dan Brown

"I understand, and not knowing how to express myself without pagan words, I"d rather remain silent" - Arthur Rimbaud

"It isn't money itself that causes the trouble, but the use of money as votive offering and pagan ornament." - Lewis H Lapham

"No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever." - Daniel J Boorstin

"Environmentalism is a form of pagan fundamentalism. These green wackos are fanatics like al-Quaida. Just like them." - G Gordon Liddy

"I believe in mystery and multiplicity. To religious believers this may sound almost pagan. But I don't think so." - Richard Rohr

"There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything." - Lord Byron

"A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period." - John Lothrop Motley

"Superficial similarities exist between Christianity and some ancient pagan religions. But careful study reveals that there are far more dissimilarities." - Carl Olson

"Christianity has made of death a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan." - Ouida

"For those who struggle with anti-pagan prejudices and stereotypes, Humanist Paganism might be a powerful educational tool. It can show that a pagan can be a sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and enlightened person, and that a pagan culture can be artistically vibrant, environmentally conscious, intellectually stimulating, and socially just." - Brendan Myers

"That no Flake of [snow] fall on you or them - is a wish that would be a Prayer, were Emily not a Pagan." - Emily Dickinson

"It's not the wickedness of the pagan that breaks my heart. It's the compromise of the Christian that grieves my soul." - R C Sproul

"Well, let's see, I found out Pagan has low blood sugar and becomes a complete b-witch if she doesn't eat a candy bar during a stressful moment." - Abbi Glines

"His pagan barbarity, his explosive and angrily defiant melancholy, his demoniacal instinct . . . these are all echoes . . . of the thousand-year-old Hungarian psyche." - Bela Bartok

"Morning Glory's introduction to the magical ways of the Goddess, manifest in our time, has enlarged my understanding of Pagan ways, enriching my spirit and imagination." - Elinor Gadon

"The pagan religion, which prohibited only some of the grosser crimes, and which stopped the hand but meddled not with the heart, might have crimes that were inexplicable." - Baron de Montesquieu

"The old Irish when immersing a babe at baptism left out the right arm so that it would remain pagan for good fighting" - Mark Twain

"Mystery. The strangeness of place so necessary to some creative spirits. A perfect mixture of the classical utopia and the pagan mystery." - Dan Simmons

"Neither Pagan nor Mahamedan nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion. -quoting John Locke's argument." - Thomas Jefferson

"JOSS-STICKS- Small sticks burned by the Chinese in their pagan tomfoolery, in imitation of certain sacred rites of our holy religion." - Ambrose Bierce

"I love the flesh. I'm a pagan. "Who are they who speak evil of the clay? The very stars are made of clay like mine!" - Jack London

"The pagan religion, which prohibited only some of the grosser crimes, and which stopped the hand but meddled not with the heart, might have crimes that were inexplicable." - Charles De Montesquieu

"The solitary monk who shook the world From pagan slumber, when the gospel trump Thunder' d its challenge from his dauntless lips In peals of truth." - Robert Montgomery

"If the world becomes pagan and perishes, the last man left alive would do well to quote the Iliad and die." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"It is my hope that the pagan media and academic establishment will implode on the force of its own corruption and stagnation." - Samuel Bowers

"I had discovered that love might be a pastime as well as a tragedy, and I gave myself to it with pagan innocence." - Isadora Duncan

"The solitary monk who shook the world From pagan slumber, when the gospel trump Thunder' d its challenge from his dauntless lips In peals of truth." - Robert Montgomery

"In what pagan nation was Moloch ever propitiated by such an unbroken and swift-moving procession of victims as are offered to this Moloch of Christendom, intemperance." - Horace Mann

"A crowd pagan as ever imperial Rome was, eager, careless with an animal vigor unlike that of any European crowd that I ever looked at." - Ezra Pound

"Explain to me again the difference between superstitious beliefs or pagan incantations, and scientific ones. Be braver - you cannot cross a chasm in two small jumps." - David Lloyd George

"The Neo-Pagan religious framework is based on a polytheistic outlook- a view that allows differing perspectives and ideas to coexist" - Margot Adler

"Today, on our own turf, we face pagan ignorance about God every bit as deep as that which the early church faced in the Roman Empire." - J I Packer

"If Israel is to please the Lord fully, they will live lives that are as distinctive among the nations as their Lord is different from pagan deities." - Max Anders

"The more I got to knew about Paganism the more Pagan I became, so to say, but I didn't really know enough until after the creation of Burzum." - Varg Vikernes

"I love the flesh. I'm a pagan. Who are they who speak evil of the clay? The very stars are made of clay like mine!" - Jack London

"Bonfires dot the rolling hillsides Figures dance around and around To drums that pulse out echoes of darkness And moving to the pagan sound." - Loreena McKennitt

"The solitary monk who shook the world From pagan slumber, when the gospel trump Thundered its challenge from his dauntless lips In peals of truth." - Robert Montgomery

"Even of death Christianity has made a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan and the stoical repose of the Indian." - Ouida

"All sober inquirers after truth, ancient and modern, pagan and Christian, have declared that the happiness of man, as well as his dignity, consists in virtue." - John Adams

"JOSS-STICKS, n. Small sticks burned by the Chinese in their pagan tomfoolery, in imitation of certain sacred rites of our holy religion." - Ambrose Bierce

"He wasn't completely wrong, poor old Gemistus (let Lord Andronicus and the patriarch suspect him if they like), in wanting us, telling us to become pagan once again." - Constantine P. Cavafy

"He offers a handshake, crooked five fingers They form a pattern yet to be matched On the surface simplicity But the darkest pit in me is pagan poetry" - Bjork

"Are there no Moravians in the Moon, that not a missionary has yet visited this poor pagan planet of ours, to civilise civilisation and christianise Christendom?" - Herman Melville

"Male aggression and lust are the energizing factors in culture. They are men's tools of survival in the pagan vastness of female nature." - Camille Paglia

"We...believe that art is religious, because it is one of man's highest aspirations. There is no such thing as pagan art, only good and bad art." - Irving Stone

"The Amorites founded Jerusalem, they formed the Nordic weft in later Galilee, that is, in the "pagan region" whence some day Jesus was to come." - Alfred Rosenberg

"He wasn't completely wrong, poor old Gemistus (let Lord Andronicus and the patriarch suspect him if they like), in wanting us, telling us to become pagan once again." - C.P. Cavafy

"Mine was a patchwork God, sewn together from bits of rag and ribbon, Eastern and Western, pagan and Hebrew, everything but the kitchen sink and Jesus." - Anne Lamott

"Monotheism makes me grouchy. I don't trust any religion that makes God look like one of the ruling class. I guess I'm a pagan or an animist." - Gloria Steinem

"It is a very good exercise, at least from a historian's point of view, to imagine oneself a devout pagan while reading various Christian writings." - Ramsay MacMullen

"Samhain had its origins, like many modern holidays or celebrations, in pagan times. As the sidhe-seers had been inclined to erect churches and abbeys on their sacred sites, the Vatican had been wont to "Christianize" ancient, pagan celebrations in an if-you-can't-beat-them-and-don't-wantto- join-them-rename-it-and-pretend-it-was-yours-all-along campaign." - Karen Marie Moning

"The early church was strikingly different from the culture around it in this way - the pagan society was stingy with its money and promiscuous with its body. A pagan gave nobody their money and practically gave everybody their body. And the Christians came along and gave practically nobody their body and they gave practically everybody their money." - Timothy Keller

"Samhain had its origins, like many modern holidays or celebrations, in pagan times. As the sidhe-seers had been inclined to erect churches and abbeys on their sacred sites, the Vatican had been wont to "Christianize" ancient, pagan celebrations in an if-you-ca'-beat-them-and-do'-wantto- join-them-rename-it-and-pretend-it-was-yours-all-along campaign." - Karen Marie Moning

"I sometimes call my new system 'Italian pagan Catholicism,' but it could more accurately be called 'pragmatic liberalism,' with roots in Enlightenment political philosophy. It is a synthesis of the enduring dual elements in our culture, pagan and Judeo-Christian, Romantic and Classic." - Camille Paglia

"The Pagan model of religion because, in the Pagan model, there were lots and lots of Gods and Goddesses. They were all incredibly beautiful and there were statues of them everywhere, which is the equivalent of magazines, or whatever, today. And they were fallible, which is different from being mono-, you know, Jewish or Islam (where) you have the infallible, monotheistic God." - Rachel Weisz

"Being a Pagan without knowing much about Paganism is a bit silly, in the sense that you would probably have been a Pagan had you known more, but you could not really be because you only knew so much about it." - Varg Vikernes

"Homer, Hesiod, Pythagoras, Plato, and Cicero, just to name a few, all lived in pagan societies. Some of the greatest political and military leaders of all time, such as Alexander the Great, Pericles of Athens, Hannibal of Carthage, and Julius Caesar of Rome, were all pagans, or else living in a pagan society." - Brendan Myers

"Identifying as a Pagan, feminist, Witch, and anarchist is possibly a way to alarm great segments of the general public, but at least it keeps me from sinking into a boring and respectable middle age." - Starhawk

"As the profoundest philosophy of ancient Rome and Greece lighted her taper at Israel's altar, so the sweetest strains of the pagan muse were swept from harps attuned on Zion's hill." - Edward Thomson

"When the Amherst sphinx styled herself a pagan, she meant she didn't believe in the biblical God. What sort of deity, if any, she did believe in is hard to pinpoint." - Gary Sloan

"It is also absolutely correct that some British folk customs have descended directly from pagan rituals, such ... the giving of presents and decoration of homes with greenery at midwinter." - Ronald Hutton

"I grew up in the South and once you get raised on Jesus, it is kind of always a part of you even if you are a pagan, really," - Amy Ray

"Prayers offered up in Christian worship in the earliest days of the faith were addressed to 'Our Lord the Sun,' evidencing that 'primitive' Christians were quite in the spirit of Pagan forms and ideologies." - Alvin Boyd Kuhn

"A pagan heart, a Christian soul had he. He followed Christ, yet for dead Pan he sighed, As if Theocritus in Sicily Had come upon the Figure crucified, And lost his gods in deep, Christ-given rest." - Maurice Francis Egan

"Santa Claus has nothing to do with it," the latke said. "Christmas and Hanukah are completely different things." "But different things can often blend together," said the pine tree. "Let me tell you a funny story about pagan rituals." - Daniel Handler

"She seemed to belong to that pagan, primitive kingdom of birds and forests where everything was infinitely abundant, wild, blooming, and royal in its perpetual decay, death, and rebirth; illicit and clashing with the human world." - Jerzy Kosinski

"To appeal to contemporary man to revert, in this twentieth century, to a pagan-like nature worship in order to restrain technology from further encroachment and devastation of the resources of nature, is a piece of atavistic nonsense." - Norman Lamm

"In its permission to man to render subject to him all other living creatures of the earth, it continued the cruelty of the barbarian and the pagan, and endowed these with what appeared a divine authority ..." - Ouida

"From Roman times to the present, Italy has been a country to fall in love with - a tribute to all that is enduring, crazy, pagan, joyous, melancholy, at once banal and divine, in the human spirit." - Erica Jong

"Judeo-Christians have got to respect the pagan truth shown in the popular culture of sex and violence. It's meaningful about the elemental forces of life, the brutality of life and nature." - Camille Paglia

"I am a reformed Taoist, part-time Buddhist, Hindu, animist, pagan, Jewish mystic, and Christian. I always got along great with priests and rabbis and mullahs and gurus, even though I spend most of my life constructively criticizing them." - Steven Van Zandt

"I dislike the frequent use of the word virtue, instead of righteousness, in the pulpit; in prayer or preaching before a Christian community, it sounds too much like pagan philosophy." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Already at sixteen, my mind was a battlefield: my love of pagan beauty, the male nude, at war with my religious faith. A polarity of themes and forms: one spiritual, the other earthly." - Michelangelo

"Teaching the pagan religion of evolutionism is a waste of valuable class time and textbook space. It is also one of the reasons American kids don't test as well in science as kids in other parts of the world." - Kent Hovind

"It is very hard not to see extensive and basic similarities between these (Pagan) religions and the Christian Religion. But somehow Christian scholars have managed not to see it, and this, one must suspect, for dogmatic reasons." - Robert M. Price

"The happy pagan is wrapped up in the belief that this world and the success it affords are the greatest pursuits in life. He or she feels no need for anything transcendent." - Ravi Zacharias

"In the year 415, the woman scientist Hypatia, head of the legendary Alexandria library, was beaten to death by Christian monks who considered her a pagan. The leader of the monks, Cyril, was canonized a saint." - James A. Haught

"I'm not really caught up in the whole commercial thing of Christmas. I'm probably more of a pagan than a Christian, but it's hard not to get caught up in it." - Ian Astbury

"My prescription for women entering the war zone of the professions: study football.... Women who want to remake the future should look for guidance not to substitute parent figures but to the brash assertions of pagan sport." - Camille Paglia

"The victory of Christianity over paganism was the greatest psychic revolution in the history of our culture. By destroying pagan animism, Christianity made it possible to exploit nature in a mood of indifference to the feelings of natural objects." - Lynn I. White

"The Augustinian doctrine of the damnation of unbaptized infants and the Calvinistic doctrine of reprobation... surpass in atrocity any tenets that have ever been admitted into any pagan creed." - William E. H. Lecky

"Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land, Taught my benighted soul to understand That there's a God, that there's a Savior too: Once I redemption neither sought nor knew." - Phillis Wheatley

"I only can properly enjoy carol services if I am having an illicit affair with someone in the congregation. Why is this? Perhaps because they are essentially pagan, not Christian, celebrations." - Alan Clark

"In the Bible, God uses brothel owners, pagan kings, murderers and mercenaries as instruments of good; at one point God even speaks to a guy named Balaam through his donkey." - Shane Claiborne

"My prescription for women entering the war zone of the professions: study football. . . . Women who want to remake the future should look for guidance not to substitute parent figures but to the brash assertions of pagan sport." - Camille Paglia

"The idea that emotion can be separated from sex is a Christian illusion, one of the most ingenious but finally unworkable strategies in Christianity's ancient campaign against pagan nature.?" - Camille Paglia

"It is not classified as a pagan religion. The so-called New Age activities and this are not called religions and therefore don't come under the prohibition of mingling church and state that we have in this country." - Dixie Lee Ray

"The Gospel having spread itself into Persia, the pagan priests, who worshipped the sun, were greatly alarmed, and dreaded the loss of that influence they had hitherto maintained over the people's minds and properties." - John Foxe

"'Zeal' is essentially a compromising devotion to God, a commitment to cleansing the Holy Land of all foreign and pagan presences and to re-establish the kingdom of David as God had intended." - Reza Aslan

"I belong to the middle class that grew up very influenced by the Catholic church. The people of the novel are from a more pagan and practical world in which the Christianity is just a veneer." - John Mcgahern

"The Augustinian doctrine of the damnation of unbaptized infants and the Calvinistic doctrine of reprobation . . . surpass in atrocity any tenets that have ever been admitted into any pagan creed." - William Edward Hartpole Lecky

"It makes no difference who or what you are, old or young, black or white, pagan, Jew, or Christian, I want to love you all and be loved by you all, and I mean to have your love." - Victoria Woodhull

"Where do you learn how to act? Not at church. America is a lot more like pagan Rome than we think. We still sacrifice to objects to gain our social goals." - Dave Hickey

"Our patriotism comes straight from the Romans. This is why French children are encouraged to seek inspiration for it in Corneille. It is a pagan virtue, if these two words are compatible. The word pagan, when applied to Rome, early possesses the significance charged with horror which the early Christian controversialists gave it. The Romans really were an atheistic and idolatrous people; not idolatrous with regard to images made of stone or bronze, but idolatrous with regard to themselves. It is this idolatry of self which they have bequeathed to us in the form of patriotism." - Simone Weil

"The vestiges of pagan religion in Christian symbology are undeniable. Egyptian sun disks became the halos ... The pre-Christian God Mithras ... had his birthday celebrated on December 25 ... Even Christianity's weekly holy day was stolen from the pagans ... Christianity honored the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday, but Constantine shifted it to coincide with the pagans' veneration of the day of the sun ... To this day, most churchgoers attend services on Sunday morning with no idea that they are there on account of the pagan sun god's weekly tribute- Sunday." - Dan Brown

"I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever." - Daniel J Boorstin

"In my opinion, advocating, allowing and practicing psychiatric and psychoanalytic dogmas within the church is every bit as pagan and heretical (and therefore perilous) as propagating the teachings of some of the most bizarre cults. The only vital difference is that the cults are less dangerous because their errors are more identifiable." - Jay E. Adams

"If I had any doubts at all about the justice of my dislike for Shakespeare, that doubt vanished completely. What a crude, immoral,vulgar, and senseless work Hamlet is. The whole thing is based on pagan vengeance; the only aim is to gather together as many effects as possible; there is no rhyme or reason about it." - Leo Tolstoy

"You better believe that I want to build a Christian nation, because the only option is a pagan nation. Not that the government can make someone a Christian by decree. A Christian nation would be defined as We acknowledge God in our body politic, in our communities, that the God of the Bible is our God, and, we acknowledge that His law is supreme." - Randall Terry

"So much of truth, only under an ancient obsolete vesture, but the spirit of it still true, do I find in the Paganism of old nations. Nature is still divine, the revelation of the workings of God; the Hero is still worshipable: this, under poor cramped incipient forms, is what all Pagan religions have struggled, as they could, to set forth." - Thomas Carlyle

"The faith engaged with Platonism in the ancient world, with Aristotle in the medieval world, with nominalism in the Reformation era, and with rationalism in the modern world. Now the church must engage with the emergence of a postmodern, post- Christian, neo-pagan world." - Robert E. Webber

"The great pagan world of which Egypt and Greece were the last living termsonce had a vast and perhaps perfect science of itsown, a science in terms of life. In our era this science crumbled into magic and charlatanry. But even wisdom crumbles." - D H Lawrence

"This fact, that the opposite of sin is by no means virtue, has been overlooked. The latter is partly a pagan view, which is content with a merely human standard, and which for that very reason does not know what sin is, that all sin is before God. No, the opposite of sin is faith." - Soren Kierkegaard

"The habit of a midwinter festivity had come by the dawn of history (and probably very long before) to seem a natural one to the British, and not one to be eradicated by changes of political or religious fashion. ... It was general custom in pagan Europe to decorate spaces with greenery and flowers for festivals, attested wherever records have survived." - Ronald Hutton

"In 325 A.D., the Roman Emperor Constantine decided to unify Rome under a single religion ... Historians still marvel at the brilliance with which Constantine converted the sun-worshipping pagans to Christianity. By fusing pagan symbols, dates, and rituals into the growing Christian tradition, he created a kind of hybrid religion that was acceptable to both parties." - Dan Brown

"Since the building of Constantinople, and the removal of the seat of government to that city, no political quarrel separated Rome from Egypt. Pagan Rome, ever since the union of the two countries under Augustus, except when interrupted by the rebellions, had been eagerly copying the superstitions of Egypt, and Christian Rome still followed the same course." - Samuel Sharpe

"Yes, - rather plunge me back in pagan night, And take my chance with Socrates for bliss, Than be the Christian of a faith like this, Which builds on heavenly cant its earthly sway, And in a convert mourns to lose a prey." - Thomas Moore

"Don't tell anyone, but on the pagan day of the sun god Ra, I kneel at the foot of an ancient instrument of torture and consume ritualistic symbols of blood and flesh. ...And if any of you care to join me, come to the Harvard chapel on Sunday, kneel beneath the crucifix, and take Holy Communion." - Dan Brown



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