Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: questions about wicca
Re: questions about wicca
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 19:03:04 -0700
At 17:09 -0700 on 9/6/1999, anitah@SLIP.NET spake about Re: questions
about wicca thus:
>Other precepts of Wicca include gender equality, reverence for earth
>and all living creatures, and the belief that what one does comes
>back threefold (therefore never harm or attempt to control another).
>It is possible to be Wiccan and Christian simultaneously. They are
>not necessarily at odds.
I do not concur that it is possible to be Wiccan and Christian
simultaneously, although it is perfectly possible to be Wiccan and to
follow Christian ethics simultaneously. Christianity among other
things is defined by a belief that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah.
There are critics who identify Wicca as a latter day effort to
re-establish the pre-Christian religion of England and Northern
Europe, shall we say that followed by the builders of Stonehenge
among other things. True believers believe that the ancient knowledge
has been accurately preserved by a few and is now correctly passed on.
It is perfectly possible intellectually to identify the God and
Goddess figures as aspects of the same Deity as is worshipped by
Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Those who can accept the concept of
the Trinity ought intellectually to be able to accept God & Goddess
as aspects of one Creator. One of the great failings of the
immigrants to this country was their inability to see the Creator
image of the various tribes as an understanding of the One True God,
rather than as in opposition to God.
Wiccan and certain Indian spiritual beliefs have much in common in
their appreciation for the natural, which to me is another expression
of the divine in all things, the Spirit that Moves in All Things.
Again, orthodox Christians, Pilgrims, and Puritans were unable to
accept the notion of God being expressed in all of the Creation, and
chose to regard Wiccan and Indian reverence for nature as worship of
demons, rather than worship of God through reverence toward God's
Some say that the Salem Witchcraft panic in part related to certain
Puritan women's residual beliefs from the prior religion of their
ancestors. For such ancient religion the English Christians at large
and the Puritans here had absolutely no tolerance, ever. Persecution
of traditional believers was the rule in merry olde England.
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