Following two religions?
Can a person be both a Christian and a Wiccan?
"Trinitarian Wicca is the correct name of the tradition often
generalized into a practice called Christian Wicca. Trinitarian Wicca is a
path of American Wicca (or Non-British Traditional Wicca) that works
exclusively with the Christian Pantheon. ... There are no church trappings
or conflicts with the Bible, because we work directly with the Gods and
Goddesses; church dogma does not have a place in our ritual structure.
Concepts such as the original sin, salvation, baptism,
heaven, hell, and satan have no
place in Trinitarian Wicca. Nancy Chandler Pittman 1
"Harry Potter remains a hot potato, polarizing
Christians left and right because of three words: wizards, witches, and
magic. Deuteronomy 18:10-11 warns us to avoid engaging in pagan rituals and
sorcery, and for sure, Christianity and witchcraft don't mix." 2
"There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth
divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a
charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a
necromancer." 3 Deuteronomy 18:10-11,
from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).
Overview of "the problem"
It is quite possible for a person to follow a syncretistic religion -- a
faith involving elements from two or more religions. This is sometimes
disparagingly called "shopping-cart religion." It is a common
practice, particularly in the Far East. In North America, many New Agers blend certain Christian and New Age
beliefs and practices. Similarly, a person could take elements from Christianity and
Worshiping the Christian God, and selecting some
historical Christian teachings to believe in,
perhaps including Jesus' resurrection,
virgin birth and second coming,
Simultaneously believing in selected elements from Wicca, such as respecting nature,
performing healing rituals, celebrating solstices,
equinoxes, harvest festivals,
However, they might not necessarily be viewed as either a fellow Christian or a
fellow Wiccan by more traditional followers of these two religions.
Some Wiccans might feel comfortable considering herself/himself to be a Christian in
the sense that they regard Jesus to be a great prophet and religious teacher,
and that they attempt to follow his teachings. It appears to be impossible for a
Wiccan to match the definitions of a Christian that are used by conservative
Christian faith groups.
Topics covered in this section:
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
Nancy Chandler Pittman, "Christian Wicca: The Trinitarian Tradition," 1st
Books Library, (2003). Read
reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
Russ Breimeie, "Redeeming Harry Potter," Christianity Today Movies,
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