Last night I watched the first episode of a new Channel 4 series about Pagans.
Whilst it was dumbed down in the way that all documentaries seem to be these days (for example, the first episode went for the biggest possible audience by covering sex) it was all very interesting. What comes out of it most clearly is the fact that the current slightly pejorative meaning to the word “pagan” is simply the result of almost two thousand years of christian propaganda.
Of course, a lot of christian traditions (for example, the dates of christmas and easter, and halos in religious images) are “borrowed” from pagan religions – but the christian church don’t like to talk about that.
If you can get Channel 4 then I recommend that you take a look at the remaining three programmes – 9pm on Monday.