What is the difference between Witchcraft and Paganism?

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2011-09-14 09:36:40
2011-09-14 09:36:40

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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.


Paganism 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.


basically, all wiccans, or witches are pagan, and or harness the nautre that pagans believe in


not all pagans are witches,/wiccans or do spells/magic


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.

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ya its part of it. In some of the branches of Paganism you can and do find people who use witchcraft as part of their spiritual path, however it is a personal choice and not all use it. To use an old mathematical formula... All Witchcraft is Pagan, but not all Paganism is Witchcraft.

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Catholics do not practice witchcraft That is considered paganism which is a different religion and belief system all together.

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Christianity believed Paganism, and any other religion that worshiped other gods, to be Satanism. So to answer your question, no. Jesus was not into witchcraft.

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Danforth is a judge in the novel The Crucible, which depicts the Salem witch trials. He says that the difference between witchcraft and ordinary crime is that a person accused of witchcraft cannot defend themselves by calling witnesses.

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Witchcraft is one of the spiritual paths under the umbrella of Paganism. Paganism is recognized by many countries as a legitimate "religion". There are some countries where practitioners are still persecuted, however, in Canada, the USA, England, most of Europe it is accepted.

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