Originally Posted by Mr_Jude
Can one say that Russian Orthodox really originated in the Byzantine Empire? I mean, really, they both came from Christianity... Which originated in the Roman Empire. Once there was a disagreement (as there has been throughout the history of Christianity), the Empire split and thusly the Byzantine Empire was formed... And in the east they were very orthodox and believed scripture and what Jesus said was the ultimate authority... And in the west, they thought some douche bag named The Pope (not to be confused with the user here) was the ultimate authority.
Fun fact: Pagan originally was a term for Christians. The Latin word "paganus" basically meant "simple folk/yokel/hillbilly/etc" and was used to insult Christians because they were considered to have a "silly faith", because it was not the official faith of The Roman Empire ("Religio Romanus" was, of course). When Christians took power they were like "LALALA, HAHAHA, YOU'ER ALL PAGANS. NOW WE USED YOUR WORD AGAINST YOU! OWNED!"
And hence, pagan has been associated with "non-Christians" (or more specifically, polytheists) ever since.
Haha I like that little fun fact. Probably why my few friends and I refer to ourselves as heathens more so than pagan. Haha but if it means folk/yokel/hillbilly/ect I'm still down. hyuk.