Back in the early days of this blog, one of the commenters said she would not celebrate solstice because it is a Pagan ritual. I had not heard bashing of Paganism since Sunday School days.
I wonder why any Christian today bashes Pagans. Paganism was a competitor back when the Bible was written. It was the religion of the Romans who occupied land where Christianity was being marketed.
Since the Bible was written at the time Pagans were competition, I can see why it is in the Bible. People who wrote the Bible were thinking and writing only about things that were going on at the time where they lived. But, I don’t understand why anyone would think she is being directed today by the Bible to keep on bashing them when they are no threat whatsoever.
It would make far more sense to bash atheists. If you lump together atheists with those who identify with no defined part of Christianity you have the largest religious group next to Christians. This group is a least somewhat of a threat while Pagans are no threat. Not, at least, using today’s numbers.
So we’re left wondering which idea is seen as a greater threat, that the are no gods whatsoever, including the one of Abraham, or, that there are other gods and some might be more attractive than the popular one? I’m not aware of a powerful attraction to a different god.
There is, however, some attraction to the no god idea.
[There is a link to a related discussion in Comments.]