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Wicca and the Christian Heritage

Ritual, Sex and Magic

By Joanne Pearson

Routledge – 2006 – 192 pages

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Description

What is Wicca? Is it witchcraft, Paganism, occultism, esotericism, magic, spirituality, mysticism, nature religion, secrecy, gnosis, the exotic or 'other'? Wicca has been defined by and explored within all these contexts over the past thirty years by anthropologists, sociologists and historians, but there has been a tendency to sublimate and negate the role of Christianity in Wicca's historical and contemporary contexts.

Joanne Pearson 'prowls the borderlands of Christianity' to uncover the untold history of Wicca. Exploring the problematic nature of the Wiccan claim of marginality, it contains a groundbreaking analysis of themes in Christian traditions that are inherent in the development of contemporary Wicca. These focus on the accusations which have been levelled against Catholisicm, heterodoxy and witchcraft throughout history: ritual, deviant sexuality and magic.

Reviews

'This is an exciting, interesting and original book, with a unique perspective on both modern witchcraft and modern Christianity.' - Ronald Hutton, University of Bristol, UK

Author Bio

Joanne Pearson, a scholar of contemporary wicca and its history, is author of A Popular Dictionary of Paganism (Routledge, 2002) and editor of Nature Religion Today: Paganism in the Modern World (1998) and Belief Beyond Boundaries:Wicca, Celtic Spirituality and the New Age (2002).

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Name: Wicca and the Christian Heritage: Ritual, Sex and Magic (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Joanne Pearson. What is Wicca? Is it witchcraft, Paganism, occultism, esotericism, magic, spirituality, mysticism, nature religion, secrecy, gnosis, the exotic or 'other'? Wicca has been defined by and explored within all these contexts over the past...
Categories: Religion, New Age