definition of heathenism by The Free Dictionary

We shrink from the unmorality of the Latin races, but Hardy has divined in the heart of our own race a lingering heathenism, which, if not Greek, has certainly been no more baptized than the neo-hellenism of the Parisians.
Then must the red man wander in the dark wilderness of heathenism forever.
(that was the curate, sir) ‘”that he lets her grow up in absolute heathenism. But who is this?
The Protestant Missions appear to have despaired of reclaiming these islands from heathenism. The usage they have in every case received from the natives has been such as to intimidate the boldest of their number.
It could not have been expected that a people who had spent generations in slavery, and before that generations in the darkest heathenism, could at first form any proper conception of what an education meant.
“That is my own opinion,” replied the traveller; “but one thing among many others seems to me very wrong in knights-errant, and that is that when they find themselves about to engage in some mighty and perilous adventure in which there is manifest danger of losing their lives, they never at the moment of engaging in it think of commending themselves to God, as is the duty of every good Christian in like peril; instead of which they commend themselves to their ladies with as much devotion as if these were their gods, a thing which seems to me to savour somewhat of heathenism.”
In religion they had reached a moderately advanced state of heathenism, worshipping especially, it seems, Woden, a ‘furious’ god as well as a wise and crafty one; the warrior Tiu; and the strong-armed Thunor
Accordingly, water could be seen as a symbol of purification from the original sin, from sins in general as well as from heathenism. It is the water sent by God that saved the Israelis in the desert and Andreas.
Ultimately, then, “The Indian Bible” is not simply a story of Christian benevolence, with Eliot seeking to “deliver” the local tribes from the “dark wilderness of heathenism” (6:48; see figure three), but also of a specifically white kind of benevolence, in which Eliot labors for the red man’s well being despite the obstacles existing between the two races.
In a particularly frustrating passage, Bramwell critiques writer Richard Rudgley for conflating Germanic and Scandinavian Paganisms (often referred to as Heathenism) with Paganism as a whole (26-27); however, Bramwell’s scarcely wider frame of reference undermines the general usefulness of his arguments.
The first open conflict between Islam and Heathenism had been fought and won by 313 Muslims of Arabia.” A leaflet bearing a picture of Jinnah with a sword in hand, said, “We Muslims have had the crown and have ruled.
Even among the few converts there was a complaint about the heathenism that was slowly creeping in among the African church members.

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