Christianity And Wicca
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.
|Patriarchal/Paternalistic||Duotheistic (Goddess/God)* Monistic: Divinity inseparable from everyday world|
|Dualistic: divinity separate from everyday world|
|Heaven: destination of Christian||Summerland: resting place between souls incarnations|
|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|
|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.