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The term 'pagan' is used by Christians and those who have been influenced by Christians to refer to those who are not part of their religion or those which they consider to be affiliates (e.g. Judaism, Islam).

It was adopted as part of legitimizing strategies in the construction of religious witchcraft, used as a self-identifier, and re-applied to nature-worshippers (now capitalized as a proper noun, 'Pagan' and extended as a faux referent 'Paganism' to apply to all the New Age cults coming under this umbrella).