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Originally an unconverted member of a people, who does not acknowledge the God of Judeo-Christian revelation. Biblical translations fluctuate between "heathen" and "pagan" for unbelievers, e.g., Psalm 2:8. The term has come to mean anyone who does not believe in God, and less commonly those who are believers but are not Christian or Jews.
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