Anglo-Saxon Religion

Paganism seems to attract skepticism whenever it's being spoken of and certainly if not always when it pertains to religions. Pagans believe in a variety of things and scholarly types tend to create connections of how influential pagan rites, rituals, and beliefs can be seen in our modern time. Pagans have a wide variety of beliefs that can easily be related to many things in our day. The earth is a great example of how pagans tie their commonality to many of our beliefs in modern existence. Many Native American tribes are known for their high respect to mother earth and so it would seem that these Native American tribes are indeed pagan-like. However, the similarities in beliefs do not exactly give credible evidences of both Native Americans and Pagans as absolute certainties, or to say they belief in the same manner, instead, they only secure the notion that similar beliefs are practiced, and so in our modern age, many religious practices are compared to pagan beliefs, or are accredited to the pagans, when these religious practices are no more then a movement to express and worship in some ritual fashion; thereby creating the commonality to pagans.Many Pagan symbols can be seen today in several areas. One of those symbols would be the cross. Many Christians use the cross as a symbol to worship what Christ had done for them and the topic of the cross becomes controversial when some say it is pagan. To say that the cross is a pagan symbol is to say that the cross doesn't represent what Christ had done for many Christians but rather is a symbol opposite to what Christ had taught and stood for.
  However, the pagans belief that the letter "t" is a symbol for the pagan god Tammuz, a Phoenician deity, and not so much pertaining to Christianity. The Celtic cross is said to be a representation of the four directions; East, representing rebirth and Spring; West, representing knowledge and Fall; South, representing vitality and Summer; North, representing wisdom and Winter. The circle joining the ends of the crosses together is a representation of how the seasons are all connected to each other.

 

Another aspect of religion that is often in confrontation with paganism is the concept of the trinity in terms of Christianity. Pagans are polytheistic whereas Christians are monotheistic, and the concept of Christians believing in a trinity would seemingly make them pagan-like. However, the stance of Christianity is based on the relationships of the Godhead, of course those relationships differ between various sects, but most maintain the position that the Godhead are indeed separate but one in purpose. This concept is controversial because pagans also believe in the power of three and they had many gods serving under other gods. The Greek triad of Zeus, Athena, and Apollo, the Hindu triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva the Egyptian triad of Isis, Horus, and Sub are all examples of pagan triads and differ from biblical accounts of what most Christians believe the trinity to be. Edward Gibbon's wrote in the preface of his book, History of Christianity, "Paganism was conquered by Christianity, it is equally true that Christianity was corrupted by Paganism. The pure Deism of the first Christians . . . was changed, by the Church of Rome, into the incomprehensible dogma of the trinity. Many of the pagan tenets, invented by the Egyptians and idealized by Plato, were retained as being worthy of belief."