Christianity And Wicca

Rowan Moonstone

The following is the comparison listing of Christianity and Wicca that I mentioned in a previous message. It was prepared by Kerr Cuchulain, who is the Canadian Chapter Head for the Witches League for Public Awareness, in response to a request from a Christian minister who contacted the League.

Christianity Wicca
Patriarchal/Paternalistic Duotheistic (Goddess/God)* Monistic: Divinity inseparable from everyday world
Dualistic: divinity separate from everyday world
Resurrection Reincarnation
Heaven: destination of Christian Summerland: resting place between souls incarnations
Hell No equivalent
Satan No equivalent
Original Sin No equivalent
Redemption/Atonement/Confession Karma/Threefold Law (evil returns upon the perpetrator three-fold)
Hierarchy/Authoritarian No hierarchy/ Autonomy
Bible( scripture) No equivalent**
Sabbats based upon Biblical and Christian historical events Seasonal and Lunar Sabbats
Prophets/Saints/Messiahs no equivalent
Generally daylight worship Some worship nocturnal(lunar esbats)
Churches/temples Circles case where convenient usually no formal temple no size restrictions on small groups (covens) 3-13 people usual though congregations may be larger.
10 Commandments Wiccan Rede Harm none
Psychic phenomena generally discouraged except for "miracles" Psychic abilities encouraged (magick)

*Names vary from tradition to tradition. Different aspects of the Goddess/God have different names creating the impression that Wicca may be pantheistic.

**Wiccans use a book called the "Book of Shadows". This is a working notebook rather than a scriptural text.

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