Are all Witches equal? The many meanings
|"The world of imagination and fantasy can help pass on to the child cultural and social messages [and] function
as a way to experience vicariously things an individual could not do first-hand."
C. Aminadav, International Journal of Adolescent Medicine &
Health. 1995 APR-JUN, 8: Pages 103-106.|
|"The Bible is clear about
issues such as witchcraft, demons, devils and the occult...they are real, powerful and
dangerous. Throughout it insists that God's people should have nothing to do
with them." Carol Rookwood, Principal, St. Mary's Island School in
|"Harry’s magic is of an
entirely different nature from real-world witchcraft: 'Harry and his
friends cast spells, read crystal balls, and turn themselves into
animals -- but they don't make contact with a supernatural world.' "
Lindy Beam of Focus on the Family, quoting Chuck Colson, a popular
Christian author. 3|
|"The books are set in surroundings involving sorcery and witchcraft. WE STRONGLY CONDEMN THESE WRITINGS AS THEY ARE FULL OF WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY. The Bible is strong in its condemnation of these things." G.T. Armstrong|
Religious terminology is often quite ambiguous. There are at least 17 different meanings to the words "Witch" and "Witchcraft." Most are unrelated to each other. This leads to great confusion.
The term "Witch" is often mentioned:
Many people believe, incorrectly, that all of these refer to the same system of beliefs and practices. Thus, they believe that if the Bible condemns one form of witchcraft, then it also condemns all unrelated forms of witchcraft.
This section attempts to describe the full diversity of the meanings of these terms and clarifying their differences.
|The Harry Potter™ books|
|The extermination of heretics during the "Burning Times."|
Copyright © 2000 to 2012 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2000-JUL-07
Latest update: 2012-JAN-01
Author: B.A. Robinson
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