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Book: Pagan Religions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 2. Is Paganism a Religion?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.45469


Gaining official recognition as a religion in some case may provide some protection in law
and defend it against spurious associations with child abuse. However, many Pagans do
not what they do as a “religion”, in the common, mainly Protestant Christian understanding
of the term. In the UK, charity registration is one means of gaining recognition as a
“religion”, which the Druid Network achieved in 2010. Another success was the inclusion of Pagan as an option on the Scottish 2022 census.

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