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Wicca's Charm

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Hundreds of thousands of people practice Wicca and other forms of modern Pagan spirituality in America today.

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Journalist Catherine Edwards Sanders spent a year interviewing neo-Pagans and witches and found that the lure of this emerging spirituality was not the occult, but rather a search for meaning in an increasingly fragmented and materialistic culture.

With keen observation, challenging insight, and compassionate critique, Sanders produces a lively narrative about what she experienced and discovered during her travels: Halloween rituals in Salem, anti-globalization protests in New York, and the contrasts between what seekers find in neo-Paganism that they perceive as lacking in Christian tradition.


"Wicca's Charm is one of those books that charms and beguiles you even as it informs you. The reporting is seamless and the writing effortless. Catherine Sanders has made a brilliant debut as a writer on a spiritual matter that should be of deep interest to all thinking Americans."    ~David Aikman, former senior correspondent for Time magazine


"The fact that I was writing this book caused all sorts of odd reactions among my friends and family members. Most of them were rather concerned about me - 'You're writing a book on what?' I know some people must have thought I was really strange, especially as I met with Wiccans in a variety of settings during my research. Despite these varied reactions, I took comfort in the story of the apostle Paul at Mars Hill in Athens in ancient Greece. He waded into the pool of pagan thought and religion. And he spent time there. He complimented the religious zeal of the pagan Athenians as he walked by their temples and idols. He knew their literature. His words and actions were so intriguing to the pagan Greeks that they invited him to speak at Mars Hill, a place of honor where new ideas were exchanged and challenged. Paul knew Greek literature so well that he quoted from their own pagan poets to explain the gospel.

The line that Christians know - 'In him we live and move and have our being' (Acts 17:28) - is straight from the mouth of the pagan poet Epimenides who lived in Crete in the sixth century BC. This would have been very familiar to Paul's audience. This scriptural account of Paul in Athens enables us to freely embrace truth in any form, wherever it is found. Paul's precedent of quoting pagan poets empowers Christians to do the same and indicates that morsels of truth and insights from general revelation may be found in non-Christian sources. If you were to follow Paul's approach when talking with a Pagan teen today, for example, you might quote a line from the well-known neo-Pagan Wiccan writer Starhawk. But it takes time to read Starhawk's The Spiral Dance and see how her yearnings can be met by a relationship with Christ. How astonishing that seems: An ancient equivalent of Starhawk was quoted in the Bible!"    ~Preface

Author Sanders, Catherine Edwards
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 233 pp.
Publisher Shaw Books 2005
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