Google is your friend, and resulted in this:
"It is perhaps misleading even to say that there was such a religion as paganism at the beginning of [the Common Era] ... It might be less confusing to say that the pagans, before their competition with Christianity, had no religion at all in the sense in which that word is normally used today. They had no tradition of discourse about ritual or religious matters (apart from philosophical debate or antiquarian treatise), no organized system of beliefs to which they were asked to commit themselves, no authority-structure peculiar to the religious area, above all no commitment to a particular group of people or set of ideas other than their family and political context. If this is the right view of pagan life, it follows that we should look on paganism quite simply as a religion invented in the course of the second to third centuries AD, in competition and interaction with Christians, Jews and others.
— North 1992, 187—88, "
Arguably it started with animism, which started before homo sapiens evolved and so there will be no recorded first.
You can't date it from a more recent formal church of paganism because there isn't one. the faith has no agree 'pope' or 'holy book' and so no 'baptism' to structure that sort of formal membership around.
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