New take on the term “pagan”

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.

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and He's also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to

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  1. Leeder

    oh marc –
    you’re such a dork. 🙂
    it was totally fun visiting your blog while i was in an ultra-boring software training session today!

    hope all is well!! 🙂

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