How to use Pagans in a sentence
The pagans had statues of deities and places of sacrifice.
He wrote polemical words directed against the pagans, the Jews and heretics.
Most of the African population are pagans and each tribe has its secret societies and fetishes.
He exhibited severity and injustice when dealing with pagans and heretics.
Pagans have been in the " broom closet " for centuries.Advertisement
The earliest Christians had no altars, and were taunted by the pagans for this.
Probably the "unlearned" are the mass of Christians and the learned are the cultivated Christians and pagans.
The natives are generally pagans, but a Roman Catholic mission has been established, and the American Mission Board maintains coloured teachers on many of the islands.
St. Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, came across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree and cut down their tree in anger.
As a result of his moderation, he remained high-priest till his death, venerated alike by Christians and pagans.Advertisement
Pagans view the cross in a very different, yet mystical light.
The palm branch, which is also of frequent occurrence, is not an indisputable mark of the last resting-place of a martyr, being found in connexion with epitaphs of persons dying natural deaths, or those prepared by persons in their lifetime, as well as in those of little children, and even of pagans.
The place-names became entirely Germanic; the Latin language disappeared; and the Christian religion suffered a check, for the Franks were to a man pagans.
Nor because the pagans regarded the close meetings of the Christians usually held in private houses as mysteries in which incest and cannibalism were rife, does it follow that the Christians themselves accepted the comparison.
But these views were not those of the uninstructed pagans who filled the churches and needed a rite which brought them, as their old sacrifices had done, into physical contact and union with their god.Advertisement
It is their analogue, and to understand it we must understand them, not forgetting that Paul, as a Semite, and his hearers, as converted pagans, were imbued with the sacrificial ideas of the old world.
And they say that Ormuzd and Ahriman are brothers, and in consequence of this saying they shall come to annihilation."In the same fragment the Christians are condemned as worshippers of idols, unless indeed the writer has genuine pagans in view.
In other respects they are pagans in a low state of culture, mostly divided into hostile communities and addicted to piracy.
No actual lapses however from chastity are alleged, and it is only complained that suspicions were aroused, apparently among the pagans.
The Fula, as also most of the Hausa, are Moslems, the other tribes are pagans.Advertisement
It is pure calumny to say that the Pagans worship their idols in a way any different from this.
Val Pagan Federation of many groups of many different pathways, including some druids, and not all pagans belong.
The same encyclopedia gives the definition of pagans as " unenlightened, idol worshipping, raw rustic heathens " .
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Two sisters martyred in Rome for refusing to marry pagans.Advertisement
We often gather and cast a circle just as many other pagans do.
As no preceding sovereign had been so much interested in church affairs, so none seems to have shown so much activity as a persecutor both of pagans and of heretics.
The Chinese have their joss-houses and the Mahommedans a few small mosques, but the vast majority of the native inhabitants are pagans who have no buildings set apart for religious purposes.
There are a number of mosques in the town, and the Mahommedans are the dominant power, but the Yoruba, who constitute the bulk of the people, are pagans.
The Foot pagans of the plains were brought under the Fula yoke in the beginning of the 19th century and have never cast it off.
The Hill pagans were partly conquered, but many remained independent or have since succeeded in asserting their freedom.
The Mounted pagans are confined to the healthy plateaus of the south-west corner of the province.
Orosius' Seven Books of Histories against the Pagans, written as a supplement to the City of God, is the first attempt at a Christian "World History."
It is evident that the Samaritans were not to be outdone by the Jews, that Mount Gerizim was once more being set up against Jerusalem, and that a bold bid was being made by the hated Samaritans for a world-wide religion, which should embrace Pagans as well as Christians.
Arians and Semi-Arians seemed to him to be pagans, who worship the creature, instead of the God who created all things, since they teach two gods, one having no beginning, the other having a beginning in Time and therefore of the same nature as the heathen gods, since, like them, he is a creature.
Following the fashion of the pagan mysteries in which men were only permitted to gaze upon the sacred objects after minute lustrations and scrupulous purifications, Christian teachers came to represent the Creed, Lord's Prayer and Lord's Supper as mysteries to be guarded in silence and never divulged either to the unbaptized or to the pagans.
In the 3rd century this love of mystification reached the pitch of hiding even the gospels from the unclean eyes of pagans.
The idea of re-birth was in the air; it was the very keynote of all the solemn initiations and mysteries - Mythraic, Orphic, Eleusinian - through which repentant pagans secured pardon and eternal bliss.
To the same class belong the treatise To Ablavius, against the tritheists; On Faith, against the Arians; On Common Notions, in explanation of the terms in current employment with regard to the Trinity; Ten Syllogisms, against the Manichaeans; To Theophilus, against the Apollinarians; an Antirrhetic against the same; Against Fate, a disputation with a heathen philosopher; De anima et resurrectione, a dialogue with his dying sister Macrina; and the Oratio catechetica magna, an argument for the incarnation as the best possible form of redemption, intended to convince educated pagans and Jews.
As regards the former the Church adopted a course midway between metaphysical explanations and historical traditions, and reconciled the more extreme theories; while with the admission of pagans a great deal of paganism itself was introduced.
The Hausa, whose conversion to Mahommedanism began in the 12th century, were still in the 18th century partly pagans, though their rulers were followers of the Prophet.
He was martyred by pagans whose savage customs he had denounced.
Never mind that the ancient pagans would not have known what you were on about - you are not talking to them.
Oh, if these new pagans would only be old pagans, they would be a little wiser!
Within a century pagans would be persecuted because they would not conform to the state religion that ensured the safety of the empire.
For the pagans, the idea of bodily resurrection was simply a non starter.
While pagans burned wicker, I'd join the local sisterhood for a little light basket-weaving.
Anyone trying to spout tripe about Pagans being Satan worshipers would be seen for the frauds they are.
May any Pagans reading this have a happy yuletide and other denominations have a Happy Winter Holiday.
The social environment of Christians may be inferred from the canons prohibiting marriage and other intercourse with Jews, pagans and heretics, closing the offices of flamen and duumvir to Christians, forbidding all contact with idolatry and likewise participation in pagan festivals and public games.
In dealing with pagans and heretics Gratian, who during his later years was greatly influenced by Ambrose, bishop of Milan, exhibited severity and injustice at variance with his usual character.
St Cyril of Alexandria defends the worship of the martyrs against Julian; St Asterius and Theodoret against the pagans in general, and they all lay emphasis on the fact that the saints are not looked upon as gods by the Christians, and that the honours paid to them are of quite a different kind from the adoration reserved to God alone.
They even extended the limits of Roman imperialism by converting the pagans of the Baltic to Christianity, and further reinforced the work of ecclesiastical centralization by enlisting in their service a force which had recently come into existence and was rapidly becoming popular - the mendicant orders, and notably the Dominicans and Franciscans.
While pagans burned wicker, I 'd join the local sisterhood for a little light basket-weaving.
The sympathetic portrayal of pagans was targeted at the Jewish community embittered by its suffering and foreign suppression.
Your heads cloven by the pagans ' blades, O warriors of the King of glory, ye truly vanquished death.
These are the virtuous pagans, the great philosophers and authors, unbaptised children, and others unfit to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Pagans regarded staring as impudent, as parents of well-mannered children still do.
May any Pagans reading this have a Happy Yuletide and other denominations have a Happy Winter Holiday.
Pagans believe that the different stones bring good luck and health and provide the wearer with supernatural powers.
The pagans, whose religious beliefs are connected to nature, saw the days getting shorter and the trees dropping leaves.
One legend says that St. Boniface, who converted thousands of Germans to Christianity in the eighth century, became enraged one day when he witnessed a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree.
Wiccans, Pagans and Druids all have a belief in the heavens, Mother Earth and the like, in which the stars and constellations play a large part in those beliefs.
Pagans usually choose this Celtic knot to represent the desired harmonious balance of mind, body and soul or the nature trinity of earth, fire and water.
The new empress repaid her brothers by making them consuls and prefects, and used her large influence at court to protect pagans and Jews.
For, inexorable as Stephen ever was towards fanatical pagans, renegades and rebels, he was too good a statesman to inquire too closely into the private religious opinions of useful and quiet citizens.
St Jerome argued against Vigilantius with his accustomed vehemence, and especially meets the objection based on the resemblance between these rites and those of the pagans.
In Rome, as at home, Gamaliel often had occasion to defend Judaism in polemical discussions with pagans, and also with professed Christians.
It was at this juncture that Tertullian, the most famous theologian of the West, left the Church whose cause he had so manfully upheld against pagans and heretics.
This was the belief of the pagans, and the Christians for centuries shared it with them.
Here he wrote his Neue Apologie des Socrates (1772), a work occasioned by an attack on the fifteenth chapter of Marmontel's Belisarius made by Peter Hofstede, a clergyman of Rotterdam, who maintained the patristic view that the virtues of the noblest pagans were only splendida peccata.
Judaism Rutilius could assail without wounding either pagans or Christians, but he intimates, not obscurely, that he hates it chiefly as the evil root whence the rank plant of Christianity had sprung.
The pagan population has been classified for practical purposes as Hill pagans and Plains pagans, Mounted pagans and Foot pagans.
It has never been penetrated by Moslem influence, and is inhabited in the greater part by warlike and unruly pagans.
The very institutions of the Solovets monastery, intended by St Tryphon for the benefit of the poor neglected pagans, turned out the occasion of much injustice towards them.
Owing to these controversies the real work of the early Irish missionaries in converting the pagans of Britain and central Europe, and sowing the seeds of culture there, is apt to be overlooked.
Thus, when the Anglo-Saxon, Winfrid, surnamed Boniface, appeared in the kingdom of the Franks as papal legate in 723, to romanize the existing church of the time, neither the Franks, the Thuringians, the Alemanni nor the Bavarians could be considered as pagans.
All were pagans; all enemies of Charlemagne, defender of Christs Church, and hence the appointed conqueror of the world.
We hear of the conversion of pagans down to the last days of the Visigothic kingdom.
The pagans have rude statues of deities and places of sacrifice indicated by flat-topped cairns.
As the attendance at his classes continually increased - pagans thronging; to him as well as Christians - he handed over the beginners to his friend Heracles, and took charge of the more advanced pupils himself.
The population is about 23,000, of whom 14,900 are pagans, and 8300 Mahommedans.
Thus the Kumanian colonists, mostly pagans, whom he settled in vast numbers on the waste lands, threatened to overwhelm the Christian population; while the numerous strongholds, which he encouraged his nobles to build as a protection against future Tatar invasions, subsequently became so many centres of disloyalty.
The attempt to introduce a new faith led to renewed strife, this time between converts and pagans, but King George (who fully appreciated the value of intercourse with foreigners) supported the missionaries, and by 1852 the rebels were subdued.
The Summists have as much to say against the existence of God as for it, and the dialecticians, having gone to school to the pagans, have forgotten over Aristotle the way of salvation.
Could it be, as the pagans said, because the age had forsaken its old gods?