My German article with the simple title “Paganism” is completed. The first version was proofread by several volunteering people and corrections and additions were made to aspects of theological and scientific-religious kind. Then other volunteers checked it for spelling and grammar and there was a lot to correct.
In the next step I translated the text simultaneously in English and Dutch. The English version is now in the hands of two editors / proofreaders in the USA.
So far I have not found anyone willing to do the same for the Dutch version. If the attempts to find someone continues to fail, it will probably be published uncorrected … or not at all.
When the English version is corrected, the text in the three(?) languages will be published simultaneously on this website.
The article is meant to provide some information about paganism and is primarily meant for non-pagans, but some heathens who read it, thought, it was also very useful for pagans.
Finally, the first paragraph of the (uncorrected) article quoted:
Trying to explain the term ‘heathenism’ (please note: In this context no difference is made between the terms heathenism and paganism), may seem simple in the first instance, but then some problems are arising. If one tries to describe the term from its historical context, there is a heavy emphasis on a conflicting comparison of Christians and non-Christians, which lasted almost two millennia. Christianity developed during the pagan Roman Empire and spread across many areas of the Roman Empire. Nowadays, a ‘new’ paganism has developed within a Christian society. You can read more about this in Chapter 4 of my book “At Elder Shrines: “Rise and Spread of Christianity up to the Realm of the Merovingians”.
In any case, there are many centuries of bitter conflicts between Christians and pagans between the two developments – writing about paganism without ‘including’ Christianity would therefore be a ‘Hercules’ task which is not even tried here.