Paganism vs. Christianity

What, then, is paganism? The answer is not
really difficult. Paganism is that view of life which finds the
highest goal of human existence in the healthy and harmonious
and joyous development of existing human faculties.
Very different is the Christian ideal. Paganism is optimistic
with regard to unaided human nature; whereas Christianity
is the religion of the broken heart.

– John Gresham Machen: Christianity and Liberalism (1923)

3 thoughts on “Paganism vs. Christianity

  1. It is indeed! I found the definition of paganism interesting, too. Isn’t that exactly what most of us aspire to these days: development of human faculties as our highest goal?

  2. Peter Alexander Thorne says:

    Define Christianity. That’s like saying “religion”. I find it amusing that Pagans (and I love them) declare Nature as their exclusive domain, yet early “Christians” worshiped under the sky and, in fact, held the belief that Nature was key to most things (witness the Doctrine of Signatures and witness the ancient Judeo-Christian Grimoires and their observation of the natural cycles). Becoming one with God (however you define God) and developing and preparing themselves on the Path of Return was the goal of most Hermetic Christians before it became big business. LVX

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