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How did the religion of paganism turn from the worshipping of Mother Nature to the worshipping of witchcraft?

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2012-07-28 17:56:20
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Paganism did not turn from worshiping nature to witchcraft; this is a confusion between paganism as a spiritual belief and witchcraft, or magick, as a practice. One can practicewitchcraft, but one worships some form of divinity. The two may be combined, but can and do exist separately.

Paganism encompasses many religions, not a single one; what they all have in common is that they're all non-Abrahamic in origin (i.e. they're not descended from Judaism, Christianity, or Islam). Wicca, Ásatrú, Hellenic Polytheism, Buddhism, the Native American religions, Taoism, and Shinto are all examples of pagan religions. Not all Pagan religions are nature based. Some are based on human concepts such as valor, civilization, arts, and economics. Most pagan religions do not include the practice of witchcraft.

A Bit More About WitchcraftThe word "witchcraft" is a corruption of wiccan craft, or the craft of the wise. Wicca is a form of pagan belief that is polytheistic and it's adherants normally have a god and a goddess as their figureheads. It is open to both men and women who have equal status within their communities and they believe that the spiritual power that their gods supply can be used for many things such as healing. Wiccans can work both in groups (covens) or or on their own (hedge witches) although they sometimes coopt a friend of the opposite sex to help when it is important that the spiritual energy needs to be finely balanced.

The term "witchcraft" has many meanings but, in this context, I will assume that the questioner is referring the Christian definition, ie, Devil worship. Unfortunately, the Devil is the creation of Abrahamic religion and so has no links whatsoever with Wicca. Although this will probably sound trite but it is a truth: I don't believe in the God of The Bible which means I don't believe in the Devil; I can't worship something I don't believe in…

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