I’m doing some reading up on baptism in preparation for VCW’s first baptism 10 days from now.
Today I read an interesting factoid about the term “pagan” in Henry Chadwick’s wonderful volume The Early Church. The term “paganus” had two meanings: (1) rustic and (2) non-military as in “civilian.”
According to Chadwick, Christians would refer to non-baptized believers as “pagans” because they had not yet joined the Lord’s Army!
I just love learning stuff like this.