Skip to comments.The Scholars and the Goddess
Posted on 05/12/2014 11:16:41 AM PDT by ek_hornbeck
Wicca, sometimes known as the Goddess movement, Goddess spirituality, or the Craft, appears to be the fastest-growing religion in America. Thirty years ago only a handful of Wiccans existed. One scholar has estimated that there are now more than 200,000 adherents of Wicca and related "neopagan" faiths in the United States, the country where neopaganism, like many formal religions, is most flourishing. Wiccanswho may also call themselves Witches (the capital W is meant to distance them from the word's negative connotations, because Wiccans neither worship Satan nor practice the sort of malicious magic traditionally associated with witches) or just plain pagans (often with a capital P)tend to be white, middle-class, highly educated, and politically involved in liberal and environmental causes. About a third of them are men. Wiccan services have been held on at least fifteen U.S. military bases and ships.
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In fact, as this article points out, calling Wiccans "pagans" is basically an insult to historical European paganism. Obviously, there were polytheistic religions all over Europe before European conversions to Christianity. But guess what? They had nothing to do with the new-age feel-good feminism peddled by today's self-styled "pagans." They were the religions of warriors, be they Celts, Vikings, Goths, Gauls, or Slavs, none of whom were known for holding hands and singing kumbaya. And their much-vaunted "Earth Goddess" carvings were usually either fertility talismen or crude early attempts at pornography.
Not true, I knew two Wiccan men back in the 80s, it was clear to me that they did it to bed Wicca chicks, it was real easy for them.
All this crap because they hate Western Civilization and its main religion Christianity so much.
He certainly wasn't going to attract them with his looks . . .
And the idea that this group is on the rise is hogwash. They were bragging back in the 1970s about their large numbers . . . it wasn't true then, and it isn't true now.
And I would bet that the vast majority of Wiccans don't even believe in it. Like most New Age cults, it attracts people who want to "be different" and make a political statement, not because they actually believe in it. Just like Kwanzaa.
***tend to be white, middle-class, highly educated, and politically involved in liberal and environmental causes.***
And still love to play at childish things.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
LOL! You beat me to it. Hat Guy is so cold...
I’m not religious at all, but one of my favorite lines is Chesterton’s “When a man stops believing in God he doesnt then believe in nothing, he believes anything.” So when people abandon traditional Christianity, they don’t usually become rational materialists. Instead, they latch on to any and every faddish New Age superstition and cult that comes down the road, be it Wicca, healing crystals, astrology, Scientology, and so forth.
I don’t see the difference between pagan religion and liberalism.
Really their ‘sacraments’ are one and the same.
And still love to play at childish things.
And run around naked in the woods.
What you say seems to be true. I think that man has a deep need to know the one true God, and these unfortunate souls are trying to fill that need with gobbledy gook.
I would be interested in seeing the demographics on the adherents of Wicca. I suspect that if one subtracts all the lesbians who reject Christianity and Judaism but still want to consider themselves “spiritual”, along with the women’s studies professors and instructors who are believers and their students on college campuses across the country, the number of adherents would be whittled down to a number considerably less than the estimate of 200,000 noted in the article. I also suspect that the overwhelming majority of college students who take up Wicca during their college years, drop their new found religion in the immediate years after graduation.
They think they aren't worshiping Satan.
You're absolutely right, "Wicca" in itself is a fringe phenomenon that's mostly limited to hairy lesbians on college campuses. In itself, it wouldn't be worth our notice. However, it's a good case study of the sorts of ideas and pseudo-spirituality that people tend to gravitate to when they abandon traditional religion.
My question is, what do college campus "Wiccans" believe in after graduation? Do they return to traditional Christianity? In most cases no. Do they become scientific rationalists? Probably not, though they pay lip-service to science when it suits them. Chances are, these people jump from one silly new-age belief and superstition to another, latching on to any fad that comes down the pike to show how "spiritual but not religious" and trendy they are.
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