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Why did the catholic church name so many things after pagan gods?

Question by ~۞~ST£V£-Ø~۞~ the Sexy Beast =): Why did the catholic church name so many things after pagan gods?
They named the holiday easter after a pagan god. The months of January, March, February, May and, June after pagan gods. They also named every day of the week after a celestial body that was worshipped by the previous pagans. But the church is the one who made the calendar, why would they name everything after another religion which they supposedly oppose?
They could make up words or name their months and days after other things important to Christianity. Easter is a pagan God, I believe it’s spelled like Eastre though. Monday=Moon Day, etc. March= Mars, etc. I did not think about the whole easier to convert dealy.
The church did make the calendar, the Gregorian calendar named after Pope Gregory.

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Answer by Jim
They adopted pagan holidays and turned them into christian ones as well (such as the saturnelia on Dec. 25th)

They did it to make the “new” religion of christianity palatable to the Pagan Romans. It made converting easier.

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