I've been doing some research on the history of Christianity. I'm trying to get an unbiased history, so I have obtained an audio college course taught by a non-christian. I know that both christians and non-christians have their biases, but I'm trying to get a balanced picture of what the early church taught and believed.
One of the first things that I've noticed is the difference between the words that we use today and what they used then. The pagans actually called any of the mon-theists "atheists" because they did not believe in THEIR gods. The pagans called themselves "Cults" because it's original meaning was very different than what we mean of it today. It originally meant "to uphold the gods". Eventually it came to mean a group of people in worship, and then degraded down to a group of people that ritualize worship of a strange god.
Why don't we update these words? We stand on the shoulders of the men before us and use the same words that meant very different things to them when they were originally used. Is our culture so dumbed down that we cannot come up for new words for the things that have a new meaning?
Just a thought.