The relationship between Wiccans and Christians has, generally, not been a very good one. Understandably, Wiccans feel that Christians misrepresent and distort them. This is acutely felt when Christian books on contemporary witchcraft and paganism claim that they are 'servants of Satan'. Wiccans also feel badly disposed towards the church over the historical persecution of witches in Europe and America.
I believe that Wicca offers some significant theological challenges to the church. At a very basic level, Wicca is a mirror in which Christians can see themselves reflected for all the things they have neglected. It is comparable to the role played by ancient movements such as Arianism and Gnosticism, which challenged the church to clarify what its teachings were all about, and to then live by them consistently. Thus Wicca acts as a goad or spur to Christians to not merely believe but to daily incarnate their faith in every dimension of life and thought.
Another fundamental point is that Christians must strive not to bear false witness about Wiccans. Whenever Christians write books about witchcraft, paganism and the occult, I find there is often scant attention paid to primary sources. It is a basic principle of scholarship that one always goes to the original sources before commencing any interpretation.
Thus Christians need to meet personally with Wiccans to ascertain what they accept and practice, and then to read Wiccan literature. Sad to say such lofty standards of truth have generally been lacking in Christian literature on the subject. This has been fostered by the na´ve acceptance of books such as Mike Warnke's The Satan Seller, Lauren Stratford's Satan's Underground, and Rebecca Brown's He Came To Set The Captives Free. These stories have been investigated by other Christians and, after sifting through the authors' evidence, their credibility has evaporated.
A further bone of contention is, as we noted above, that representatives of the Christian church have persecuted witches across the ages. Wiccans surely need to hear Christians repenting of what evil has been done to them - and their forebears - in the name of Jesus. These days non-Christians in general, and Wiccans in particular, will scarcely take seriously any Christian who tries to avoid or down play the hideous things done to people by the church. We succeed in earning the right to be heard when we acknowledge and grapple with these ghastly matters.
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