When you compare Christianity to the Pagan religions, you’re not comparing apples to apples, or even apples to oranges. You’re comparing apples to toasters.
-The pagan religions are not religions “of the book”, like the Abrahamic religions (which are relative newcomers to the historical scene). In the modern pagan religions, personal experience equals or trumps any authoritative texts.
-There are no necessary statements of belief in the pagan religions. Hel, you don’t have to believe in anything to be pagan (just like it was for our ancestors).
-This world is sacred to pagans, and not something to necessarily transcended. Many pagans believe they’re coming back here to live again!
-Since the Greek pagan philosophers, pagan ethics has been an exploration of how to best act in different situations, and not the creation of absolute laws of ethical behavior.
To my well-meaning Pagan brothers and sisters who reach out to Christians by citing commonalities, I say this: Paganism won’t ever, ever measure up to Christian standards, no matter how hard you try. Most importantly, Christianity isn’t the supreme religion of world, by which all other religions should be measured. Don’t fall into that trap. Christianity doesn’t corner the market on legitimacy, or morality, or anything. And it sure doesn’t measure up to Pagan standards. Should we strive for peaceful dialogue and coexistence with those of other religions? Of course! It doesn’t mean licking the boots of every fundamentalist who screams devil because we don’t bow down to their god.
We should be too busy figuring out what this current iteration of Paganism is; we should be creating our own culture. We don’t have time to pick on Christians, but we also don’t have time to stand around and hope they notice us in the hallway.