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, ÃsatrÃº, 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 inâ€¦
Answer plus some...A basic answer is Witchcraft is a sub-religion of Paganism. Just how the general religion is Christian but the sub-religions are like Methodist, Catholic, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventest, etc...I would like to add that the term Pagan is believed to be a term used to describe to local poor/country dwellers who chose to worship the old Gods. Many religions fall under the term "Pagan" or "Non-Christian": Native American, Buddist, Wicca, Witchcraft, Unitarian... read the following link to learn more about the term Pagan see link below.AnswerPaganism is a naturally evolved spiritual instinct. Witchcraft is a religion. Pagans have a love and respect for their natural surroundings and mother earth. I call it a spiritual instinct instead of a religion as many pagans would argue that paganism isn't a religion in itself. However there are many religions under the pagan umbrella, Druidism is a pagan religion,Wicca is a pagan religion. Native American beliefs are pagan and so on. Most religions which are based around nature and natural beliefs are considered pagan. Witchcraft is a specific religion although little evidence of how it was practiced in the past exists . Because all witches are pagan modern witches have pieced their beliefs together from past down knowledge and borrowing from other pagan belief systems that seem similar. 'Pagan' is like 'Christian' in the sense that pagans belive in mother nature and the power of the earth, there are many religious paths stemming from this. Christians belive in God and the power of Jesus christ, there are many religious paths stemming from this,catholic, Baptist, evangelical e.t.c. ANSWERbasically, all wiccans, or witches are pagan, and or harness the nautre that pagans believe inbutnot all pagans are witches,/wiccans or do spells/magicTruth:Witchcraft is a practice, a tool. Not a religion. There ARE religions that utilitize magick and witchcraft - such as Wicca. But not all witches have a religious base and they certainly aren't all pagan.Paganism is an umbrella term to refer to many non-Abrahamic faiths - like Druidism, Wicca, Asatru, etc.
Roman Catholic AnswerOf course Catholics believe that there were pagans in Europe. The Old Southern religion in Italy was witchcraft, long before the time when Sts. Peter and Paul came to Rome, and even after, there have always been people who have believed in witchcraft. I will warn you though, that despite what anybody says, all of these religions, if if they think they don't, are actually worshipping demons, though they do not call them demons, they call them the Mother Goddess, or the Nature Goddess, or whatever. Christianity, as Judaism before it, has always taught that there is only one God who created everything, and that all other spiritual powers that set themselves up for worship are fallen angels: demons.
The opposite of Paganism is true Christianity. Since Paganism is the worship or appreciation of nature, Christianity worships the Creator not the creation. Paganism has it's roots in the Mother Child cult, Baal, Molech, and the other deities of the ancient world. Paganism has multiple deities as opposed to the One God of the Judeo/Christian belief. See also Mithraism, cult of Artemis Cybele, Dionysus's, Iraneus, etc.
Wicca is a religion, while witchcraft is a practice. Witchcraft is the practice of using spells and herbs to exert influence on certain events. Examples include spells, potions and amulets to attract love, prosperity, friendship, good luck, and wisdom, or to protect against ill fortune, sickness, danger, or unwelcome attention from others. Many people who are not Wiccan practice witchcraft. Wicca is a nature-based religion, the followers of which typically worship a mother Goddess and father God. They follow a code of morality which is fairly uniform among all Wiccan traditions and celebrate the cycles of nature and the sacredness of all life. Most, if not all, Wiccans believe in magic. Most also practice witchcraft as part of and/or separate from their rituals, but not all do and the practice of witchcraft is not necessary in order to be a Wiccan.
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