By: Brysing Moderator / Adept Mar 22, 2016
Post # 5
Oh,dear! Here we go again!
You cannot be a Christian and practice Wicca. They are two opposing religions.
But you can be a Christian and practice witchcraft/magic; because witchcraft is not a religion!
And do not mix-up Race with Religion.
When I was a boy, I attended a "mixed" Roman Catholic school. One morning, a girl was introduced to the class, and we were told that she was a Jewish girl from Germany. (This was during WW2).
In the playground, I saw that she was wearing a crucifix around her neck.
I asked her how she could be a Catholic when she was Jewish. She said,
"The first Catholic was a Jew!"
Ah, the ignorance of being ten years old!
So, you see? You can be an Arab Wiccan; but you cannot be a Muslim Wiccan!
Every time that this topic comes up, people conveniently forget that there are magical traditions that are Christian friendly, if not Christian oriented. Kabbalah, alchemy, Hermetic traditions (although they also draw heavily from Egyptian and Greek traditions), Solomonic magic, the Abramelin system of magic, and the list goes on. Christianity is steeped in magical and mystical traditions. Now, you won't find this kind of thing at Bubba's Baptist Church but it is there nonetheless. Michael Nowicki, husband of Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, teaches a magical tradition that he learned when he was orphaned at a Jesuit monastery during WWII. He actually says during his class that he is teaching what the Jesuits taught him. You don't necessarily have to try to adapt something to your beliefs when something else is already there and working fine.
Brysing, may I offer the idea of combining the two? A Christian Wiccan, if you will. We even have a coven named the exact thing here on the site!
When you truly look at it, the traditions and laws don't really have to bind you. You have the sole choice of over-stepping those traditions, laws and boundaries to create something entirely new. That's what free will is for ;)
By: Brysing Moderator / Adept Mar 23, 2016
Post # 9
Yes, some do combine the two religions. And they end up with something that is neither Christian or Wicca.
But that is not what I said! I said You cannot "practice" Christianity and Wicca.
You may believe in some, or all, of the principles of both religions. But you cannot be a practicing Christian and a practicing Wiccan at the same time! It would be ridiculous "cherry picking".