The Big Question – Is Paganism more relevant than Christianity today?
The Pagan relevant section of the `The Big Questions` broadcast on BBC2 31 Jan 2010 – The topical live debate comes from the Bitterne Park School in Southampton.
Joining Nicky Campbell are former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey; Druid priestess, Emma Restall Orr; novelist and broadcaster, Anne Atkins; and Oxford science professor, Peter Atkins, who is also a member of the National Secular Society.
The question discussed in this video is `Is Paganism more relevant than Christianity today?`
Here is my thoughts, why does paganism have to be MORE relevant than any religion, can’t it be just relevant? Also in the videos, when asked whether Paganism was a religion, one of the panel members (who I believe was a Christian) said no, and I couldn’t hear (or perhaps she didn’t comment) Emma refute that why? Isn’t paganism a religion?
This ties into something that I have been thinking about for a while now and I hope people think about this before commenting one way or another, has our diversity helped or hindered us? Why do some people still deny that we are a religion? Could it be because we ourselves don’t think of it as such? I’ve come across a lot of “pagans” who have stopped practicing to go out and pursue another HOBBY…Or think of paganism as a weekend thing, that they can pick up when they have the time, or during the seasons. Again in the clips, they talked about morality and one of the people talking tried to say that we are moral because it is in us to be so, but she made the other people resentful with her comparison to Christianity, Emma was sitting right there and has written a book on ethics why didn’t she comment? Her words are good when she did speak but they were to abstract for the people to understand, why can’t we develop a system that other people can see as practical. And if we have developed it, are we so bad at explaining it that people don’t recognize it as a religious system or spiritual path? You might ask why should we explain, my answer would be why go on these programs if you don’t WANT to explain?
Is our fear of being like Christianity, Islam, or Judaism (from which many of us have come) stopping us from being a religion in the sense that it becomes a daily practice and part of our lives? Are we afraid of being a religion???
Just my ramblings…