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OF THE PAGANS
how negative in connotation the term pagan is today, even though so
much was taken from them. This reflects deep-seated religious
prejudices. The name negative meanings are given to the term
Hinduism as well, which connotes the worst of paganism to the modern
This authoritarianism of credal beliefs caused
them to suppress their own mystics as well. The church oppressed
Christian mystics and orthodox Mullahs oppressed Islamic Sufis. A
Christian mystic like St. Francis of Assisi is at least half a
pagan. His Brother Sun and Sister Moon is but an echo of the pagan
Father Sun and Mother Moon or Divine Father and Divine Mother! His
song needs to be finished.
Clearly native beliefs are not
unspiritual. There is more of real mysticism in them than in the
credal beliefs that have so long been seeking to displace them.
Mainstream Christianity and Islam are afraid of mysticism and
against the occult. They dont like gurus and are wary of anyone
who thinks that he can have a direct experience of God apart from
their one savior or final prophet.