>What is interesting, on the other hand, is the closer people are to
>the land, the more pagan their habits and outlook, the less they are
>accepted as Christian.
I think I'd require you to put that statement in context - do you mean in general, or in Celtic countries only? I can say without the shadow of a doubt that in Somerset at least the closer to the land people work the more 'Christian' they are, by which I mean they practice their religion with stronger faith than others in different forms of employment. The farming community is famously pious in its worship in my part of the world.
>Pagans; that is, country people generally, rely for their spiritual
>illumination on their reading of the landscape, the countryside, the
>cycles of seasons, the behaviour of animals, the growth of trees and
>vegetation, crops, their kith and kin.
I don't think you can say that generally country people are pagans - that is not the case. Neither can you say they rely for spiritual illumination on their reading of the landscape etc etc without some form of evidence. As I just said, the majority of the people in land-based employment in my part of the world are devout Christians. My home village church has a very strong and regular congregation, many (but not all) of which are from the farming community.