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Paganism relates to individual adhering to non-Abrahamic religions, especially earlier polytheism, and, by extension, individuals considered uncivilized or unenlightened.

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Background

Paganism is a broad group of indigenous and historical polytheistic religious traditions - in a wider sense, paganism has also been understood to include any non-Abrahamic, folk, or ethnic religion.  Early Christians referred to the diverse array of cults around them as a single group for convenience and rhetoric.  To Christians, the most important distinction was whether or not someone worshiped the one true God. Those who did not were outsiders to the Church and thus pagan.  Paganism came to be equated by Christians with a sense of hedonism, representing those who are sensual, materialistic, self-indulgent, unconcerned with the future, and uninterested in sophisticated religion[1].

Reference

  1. Wikipedia: Paganism