Ha. I bet you thought this was going to be a blogpost about ChristoPagans, didn't you?
That's what I thought when I saw the title of this blogpost by Dyfed Wyn Roberts, Pagan Christianity.
But no, it's about a pair of bigots who have written a book complaining about all the "pagan" bits in Christianity.
I find the notion of expunging "pagan" practices from Christianity really offensive - but then I am a Pagan.
The Orthodox Church at least has the sense to practice inculturation in
its missionary activities, whereby it preserves the bits of the
pre-Christian culture that do not conflict with Christianity (which is
I don't approve of converting people of other religions to Christianity,
but if you must do so, at least do it with some respect and sensitivity
towards them, as the Orthodox Church does.
The early church preserved many aspects of pagan culture which might
otherwise have been lost. Snorri Sturluson wrote down the Eddas (Norse
legends). The Pantheon in Rome was converted into a church (can we have
it back please?) St Paul quoted two pagan poets, Epimenides and Aratus, in his famous speech in
the marketplace in Athens.
Many customs which are supposedly "pagan" actually turn out to be only pre-Reformation folk customs.
Other practices (such as Christmas trees) may have been pagan or Christian in origin - no-one is quite sure.
Doubtless there are "pagan" bits in Christianity - including the myth of the dying and resurrecting god so beloved of most Christians - but they should be celebrated, not expunged.