Thursday, May 10, 2007

Wicca and Christianity

I have not yet seen it, but English scholar Jo Pearson has a new book, Wicca and the Christian Heritage. Amazon-UK link here.

From the publisher's catalog:

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.

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Anonymous Erik said...

Hmm - looks interesting. Thanks for the tip!

8:41 AM  
Anonymous 2 Witches Blog - Mama Kelly said...

I think I will have to be adding this one to the bookshelf.

Thank you for highlighting it

Mama Kelly

6:03 PM  
Blogger Steve Bodio said...

Always thought that high- church C of E (your roots Chas!) had pagan elements-- and that my Catholic roots are a lot more syncretic than either "side" likes to admit.

7:21 PM  

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