Can Christianity and Wicca be successfully combined?

Can Christianity and Wicca be successfully combined?

Question by prairiecrow: Can Christianity and Wicca be successfully combined?
Hello, all:

I’ve seen people asking questions about combining Christianity and Wicca, which frankly has me scratching my head. Wicca celebrates the Goddess and Her Beloved Consort and the frankly sexual nature of Their love for one another. Wicca is a religion in which every trained member is considered one of the clergy, and which has no clergy/laity distinction per se. And we lack any concept equivalent to original sin, which renders the sacrifice of Jesus meaningless in a Wiccan context.

Well… that’s my opinion. So my questions are:

1) What’s your opinion on the issue of combining Christianity and Wicca? and
2) Why do you think that people would seek to create something like “Christian Wicca” in the first place? Is it a case of people saying “Wicca” when in fact they mean “witchcraft” (a completely different thing)? Or is it something else?

Many thanks to everybody who takes the time to respond.

Best answer:

Answer by John P
No.

What do you think? Answer below!

  1. KaraSep 15, 2011

    Yes.

  2. FireballSep 15, 2011

    NO WE DONT WORSHIP WITH HEATHENS…

  3. MichaelSep 15, 2011

    Christian — Worship Jesus Christ

    Wicca — Satan and other demons.

    No, they cannot be combined.

  4. MichaelSep 15, 2011

    Yes you could Join up with the Magic Methodist’s

    Goggel it
    Source(s):
    all kinds of spells potions to make the Catholics believe them and magic lanters to boot Just watch out for the Boo Hag’s

  5. SerideeSep 15, 2011

    Hey, if you’re deluded enough to believe in Christianity or Wicca, you’re deluded enough to believe in just about anything.

  6. Kalee Jean!Sep 15, 2011

    if that’s what someone wants to do, go for it. however, there are a few contradictions that would go along with it. for example, the Bible says not to have any other idols (gods) besides God himself. hope this helps.

  7. SonnySep 15, 2011

    What an absurd proposition. I can only assume such a suggestion came from the original bearer of bad fruit, AKA Satan — the Eden apple peddler.

  8. spikypSep 15, 2011

    People are christians because they are weak. But they find themselves liking films like harry potter, the craft etc and they see that believing in magic is wrong for their beliefs. So they need to find a way to reconcile these two things. – so rather than condemn these films as they should because of their faith they have to re-write the rules (basically as christians re-write everything to make it fit their ideology) and try and make a jesus happy version.

    They should just do what makes them happy and stop getting so het up about it all.

  9. CuriositySatisfactionSep 15, 2011

    It already has
    oops I was thinking Pagan
    not Wiccan
    But the Catholic Church might be close
    with the Goddess Mary and all

  10. Orval Reden BacherSep 15, 2011

    Question:
    Can Christianity and Wicca be successfully combined?

    Answer:
    No

  11. shirleykinsSep 15, 2011

    There’s a superficial Christianity that wants to take the whole world in under its umbrella, and frankly, I’m suspicious of it. In Saul’s time they were killing witches and, even though that was pre-Christ, I’ve never seen an official Christian change of policy.

  12. maiingan2Sep 15, 2011

    In my opinion, no. You cannot service two masters (those being both the Christian God, and the Wiccan God and Goddess). You can’t remain faithful to both fully…but then again, stranger things have happened.

    Those who claim the title of Christian Wiccan want to practice the forbidden arts while still having the safety net of Christianity behind them so they can still go to heaven.

    If this is the case, I don’t think it’ll work.

    EDIT: Wiccanforlife – I find it insulting that you think it’s not respectful for a Wiccan to practice Witchcraft. I know many Wiccans who practice Witchcraft, and they are VERY MUCH respectful. It is YOU who are not respectful to those who practice both Witchcraft (a practice) and Wicca (a religion)

  13. OliveSep 15, 2011

    If it works for you it works for you, I say. There’s more than one way to be spiritual. Just don’t hurt yourself or hurt others, and you’re usually okay and I don’t mind.

  14. I Need CoffeeSep 15, 2011

    1) Honestly, I don’t think it’s a good idea. While to my understanding it would work okay in Wicca the Bible does not support it. And the life views are quite incompatible(how are you going to practice a religion that believes there is no devil or sin when you believe there is, for example). However, I like Wiccans. I can see why people would want to be a part of them. So, if people want to try that, they can go for it. I just wouldn’t personally.

    2) I think people do it because Christianity lacks a balance of gender to some. And they are unhappy with the hellfire judgement brand of the Bible some fundies thump. Wicca celebrates the feminine, the journey of life, and searching for one’s own truth. It’s also possible they just want to cast spells because it’s “cool.”

    If people are sincere in wanting to study Wicca and be Christian, who am I to contest their free will? But if they want to do so merely to play Charmed I think I disagree. Wicca is a religion. It deserves more respect than to be treated like a toy.

  15. Warumono 悪者Sep 15, 2011

    1) I do not think you can combine the two. The bible says that it is against god’s law to have any god before him. The Goddess counts as that.
    2)They think that they are rebels, or they are not happy with the way things are going in their church and need to find an outlet. If that is the case, they need to reevaluate their place in their religion, to see if it really is the one for them. Though, I do think that some of them equate Wicca with witchcraft and they are just trying to get a rise out of people.
    But this is my own opinion.

  16. GorillawitsSep 15, 2011

    You can’t join them together, as a christian can not worship the devil.

  17. AnikaSep 15, 2011

    Either they are dilusional, or the are bidding Satan’s fare… and trying to win souls for satan. Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

  18. kickindevilbuttSep 15, 2011

    2 Corinthians 6:And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

    Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

    I John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

    Can one mix oil with water?

    No,

    So one cannot mix Christianity with Wicca.

    Those who follow Christianity are forbidden to practice all forms of witchcraft and seances and other such occultic practices.

    Christians are not to be followers of the darkness, for we are the children of the Light and not of the dark.

    Darkness cannot stand in light.

    Light outshines darkness.

    If you are in a dark room and turn on the light, the dark leaves.

    John 12:46I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

    Acts 2618:To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

    Romans 13:12The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

    2 Corinthians 6:14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

    Ephesians 5:8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

    I Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

    I John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

  19. PENNYLANESep 16, 2011

    The Virgin Mary is no Goddess-Substitute or idol. She is the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Mother of God.

  20. LabGrrl .comSep 16, 2011

    Mostly it’s a case of people saying “Wicca” and meaning witchcraft. (See all the nonsense about demons and Satan mentioned by ‘Christians’ here?)

    But no, you cannot practice the high ethics of Wicca and follow the low god of Christianity.

    There is a reason our gods don’t have that silly hell concept…

  21. The Mystic OneSep 16, 2011

    Wicca (the Craft of the Wise, or Witchcraft) and Christianity (NOT Catholicism) are quite compatible. Consider that Christ, where and when He lived, was certainly Pagan in lifestyle. His message was one of love and cooperation and enhancement of the Spirit (soul). He was, to steal a phrase from Stephen King, perhaps the ‘last magician of rational thought’. He had a mission, ordained by His father, and he took the mission, which was to enlighten the world. He told everyone that everlasting life was but one of the many gifts that could come if we’d only follow Him. Makes sense that any Wiccan might want to adopt Him as the Celestial father to balance off the Goddess of the Earth, or Earth Mother, whom we worship as well. Other gifts? Like waking on water? Turning water to wine? Possible, if you believe enough. But the Balance.. One cannot be without the other. The Balance must be maintained. Female/Male, Dark/Light, Evil/Good.

    Wiccans do not have room for Satan in our ideology, for it is against our own laws to harm another. “Do what thou wilt but harm none, for that is the law.” Our rituals have a built-in protection called the three-fold law, where if I were to misuse my power/energy to cause another grief or loss (ow!), that power/energy would come back at me three-fold (OWx3!).

    We are a peaceful lot, we Wiccans, as Christ would have liked. Can we say that about the churches built on his name, wars fought in his name, by everyone else BUT Wiccans and Pagans?

    One more note… ALL Christian holidays have Pagan DNA. This is true. Wiccan holidays were used as templates in the early Catholic church, Eoster = Easter, Yule=Christmas time, etc.

    I know many Wiccans who have combined the Christian with the Wiccan and many would agree that the mixed ideology brings greater strength to the wisdom.

    Hope other answers can help without there being mere stones cast upon you simply for asking.
    Good luck.
    Blessed Be!
    T.

  22. ValkyrSep 16, 2011

    WARNING: Can of worms opening, offense most likely imminent. Do not read this if you don’t wish to be exposed to an unpopular perspective. And if you do read it, for the love of Set, please read the whole thing…

    I believe the Xians go out of their way to assimilate everything they can’t destroy or subdue in the way of other cultures, and they’ve successfully assimilated cultures for which there is no cultural solvent in existence which could unite them (part of why Xianity makes absolutely no sense), so it’s pretty run of the mill for them to do things like that. However, it’s been stated and evidenced by many a person in my acquaintance that Wicca was actually originally the result of an attempt to reconcile the beliefs and ways of Xianity with Ancient Paganism.

    Yes, I’m aware that statement isn’t going to make me popular. However, when you think about it, though any scholarly individual knows that “Demons” are simply the Pagan Gods of the Ancient World as defamed and slandered by the Church, many Wiccans still look down upon working with Demons, sometimes even fearing them as malevolent monsters. Why should Pagans or Neo-Pagans look upon the Gods of their ancestors with such fear and resentment? This is exactly what the Church wants to evoke in the minds of the people. This is only one such comparison I’ve ever heard. It may be that Wicca is, in fact, heavily influenced by Xianity. It would make sense to me that, somewhere along the lines, the church realized that (like the worship of the Celtic Goddess, Brighid – AKA “Saint Bridgette”), they could not subdue many of the other beliefs and practices of Paganism, and decided it would be better to try and inject Xian values and ethics into them wherever possible in the interest of subliminal proselytization.

    Now, while comparing another group of people to Xianity is often among the highest of insults in my mind, this time I’d like to make it clear that’s not how I mean it at all in this post. I have many Wiccan friends who I think very highly of, even if our beliefs don’t exactly match up, and I’ve met a great deal more people practicing Wicca who I appreciate and respect than I’ve ever found practicing Xianity. In this case, I’m just pointing out my observations. While many of you may find my statements offensive, that’s surely not my intent.

    *Best Wishes*

    -Valkyr

  23. Raji the Green WitchSep 16, 2011

    An EXCELLENT question, Crow. I am of the very same opinion as you are on this, if a Christian insists upon calling him or her self a Christian Wiccan I find it incredulous at best. As you mentioned, Wicca is based upon BOTH Goddess and God, has its ceremonies based on the Witches Wheel of the Year, and foremost, we do NOT believe in salvation or original sin, or even sin at all, for that matter. We do not hold with the concept of a Heaven or a Hell and eternal rewards or punishments. Christianity hold ALL of these as the cornerstone of their Faith.

    I believe that there ARE however, Christian Witches but they are NOT Wicca. That is to say, they practice magic, and may even hold nature in some level of reverence. However, their Religious activities ARE totally Christian in that they believe that Jesus came for the Salvation of mankind as a result of Original Sin. They believe in a supreme being devoted entirely to evil (the devil) and they believe that humans have a proclivity towards sin and must constantly be on their guard to avoid sinning. NOw they may practice magic but that, in and of itself does NOT make them Wicca at all. Wicca is a Religion, Witchcraft is a practice of magic that may be practiced by members of the Wicca Faith but ALSO may be practiced by anyone else as well. There ARE Wiccans who do not practice magic at all and do not consider themselves to be Witches, merely Wiccans.

    Brightest Blessings,
    Raji the Green Witch

  24. Nightwind: Adipose says Hi!Sep 16, 2011

    You can certainly combine various elements of Christianity and Wicca, but the result would not be “Christian Wicca”. It might be a 1) Christian-influenced Wicca or a Wicca-influenced Christianity, or it might be something entirely different, borrowing upon both traditions but forming something new.

    There is *nothing wrong* with evolving religion, as long as we’re honest about it.

    You cannot combine the core precepts of the two religions. It just doesn’t make any sense. And once you strip away enough core concepts, its dishonest to claim you’re still part of the original faith.

    2) I there’s a few reasons for the idea of “Christian Wicca.” For some people, it means “Christianity with magic,” just underlining the fact they have no idea what Wicca even is.

    For some, I think its a cool factor. Wicca is “in.” So these people want to be in with the cool kids, but they don’t actually believe in it. So they dress up their Christianity to look Wiccan, as if it was a fashion rather than a religion.

    There’s also people who are attracted to many aspects of Wicca (although they’re often confused about core concepts), but still carry Christian guilt. They fear going to another religion will send them to hell, so they think if they dress Wicca up like Christianity, God somehow won’t notice.

  25. ericabishop691newDragonflyTattooSep 16, 2011

    I have a neighbor that is christian and Wiccan.
    i don’t tell her that I disagree with it,completly. wait,no,i have told her and she gave me this look and shrugged.

    In my opinion,a resounding NO.
    They are weak, get off the pot.
    CHOOSE ONE OR THE OTHER.

    I agree with yiou,Crow, but I dislike christians who also claim Wicca as their religion.

  26. PablitoSep 16, 2011

    Can Wicca and Christianity be combined?

    Wow! What a question. It really depends on how one defines Christianity and Wicca. Clearly orthodox Christianity rejects polytheism. So, out goes the God and the Goddess and all their different aspects. In light of this one might all too quickly close the book on this question.

    But wait! An ugly specter raises its head.

    What about a more liberal Christian view? Well now things get interesting.

    Let’s look at the liberal theologians of the late 20th century (Rudolf Karl Bultmann, etc). Wow, suddenly one sees an emphasis of the mythic nature of Christianity over the pure historical shackles of fundamental Christianity. Where the primary concern shifts from “This must be historically true in order to have meaning” to “What does this mean? I’m not concerned with historical veracity”.

    Hmmm. Now we have something to work with. Could Yahweh be molded in a God image that isn’t so draconian? Is the symbol of a sacrificing god who is born again seen in other myths? Certainly!

    But… We have one small problem. No Goddess!

    Mary?

    This does not really work to my mind. So we’re missing a key piece of the puzzle. The Goddess. I’m not too sure about a convenient way around that. And while I’m not Wiccan I would be more than loathed to give up the Goddess as foundational.

    Part 2.

    Why?

    Well, much of traditional Christianity is failing. It excludes rather than accepts. It segregates rather than integrates. It divides as oppose to unites. It paints humans as bad and unworthy rather than being optimistic.

    Many people, it seems, are drawn to a more positive and holistic path but do not want to forsake the religion that they grew up with. Hence they are drawn to combining Christianity and Wicca.

    Does it work for me? I think not. But, I am reticent to poop on anyone else’s parade.

  27. Citrine DreamSep 16, 2011

    Being that they are two different religions with many irreconcilable differences I’d have to say no. However it is possible to be a Christian mystic, or a Christian who practices magic and witchcraft.

    In my opinion, I think generally people who refer to themselves as Christian Wiccans are either too afraid to go with one or the other for whatever reason, or think Wicca and witchcraft are interchangeable terms.

  28. WiccanforLifeSep 16, 2011

    Answer to #1: I guess if you really wanted to you could, no one can tell you what you can and can’t believe. Is it a good idea? No. Christianity and Wicca are two different things. I would go deeper but it takes forever to explain it. Answer to #2: Most people really wouldn’t. If you are a follower of Wicca to say you are a witch and to do witchcraft, you are clearly not a respectful Wiccan! Like said, two totally different religions. Wicca has many Gods and Goddess’ while Christianity has one God. I’m not really seeing how you can combine that!

  29. grelicsSep 16, 2011

    Hmm this is a very interesting question! I’ve been reading the answers and mulling it over for a couple of hours now and hopefully I’ll be able to properly articulate my opinion.

    First, I’m surprised at how many people still separate ‘christianity’ and ‘catholicism’. Ok, so you can be Christian without being Catholic just like you can be Pagan and not be Wiccan. But if you’re a Catholic you are a Christian. No biggie. BUT it really irritates me at how many still equate Wicca with Witchcraft. Since the original question specifically mentions WICCA, my answer will be from the viewpoint of a Wiccan – not a witch or the ex-Catholic I am 😉

    I do think they can be combined by Wiccans. For example, the Opening of the Temple Ritual I have learned calls in Archangels. I could see it working especially for those who follow a more eclectic path who pick and choose from other traditions. The Blessed Virgin could be the maid/mother aspect of the Goddess (if you leave out the immaculate conception and mother of Jesus part). The sign of the cross could be interpreted as the triple aspect also. I’m sure there are other correlations but am too tired to think of them right now. Of course this is a one-way street, it would NOT work for the christians/catholics, unless as has been said, they just want to “dabble” in witchcraft and ease their conscience at the same time.

    As to the why part, well, as I said I used to be Catholic and am still learning Wicca. While I no longer fear any kind of divine retribution or suffer guilt I’ve talked to others at my school who do not have such an easy time letting go. Whether or not they might desire such a combination as a transition into full Wicca or end up some eclectic christo-wiccan-pagan remains to be seen. There is at least one member I know of at my school who considers himself both Christian and [wiccan or pagan I can’t remember which].

    Hoping this has made at least a bit of sense, goodnight and bright blessings!

    EDIT: Wiccanforlife, did you really mean to say that a respectful Wiccan does not practice witchcraft?

  30. joe the manSep 16, 2011

    there is no way for any monotheistic religion to be combined with any other religion that believes in a different set of deities. the acceptance has to be mutual.
    it’s hard enough to imagine two streams of christianity combining with each other (unless it is a total absorption of one by the other, as has been the case over history), and i won’t even touch upon islam.

  31. CassaSep 16, 2011

    For generations, many people have combined their true religion with the invasive christianity. Anything can be combined to become a new creation if a worshipper is of a mind to.

    I was raised with the belief that the church & all the other oppressive parts of society was part of Man’s world. Nature, the occult, nurture, creation, and all were woman’s domain. I understand that originally it was a way to keep a woman’s wisdom alive in time when they were rapidly being subjugated & worse. Their is some truth to it. Men don’t have the intuition or other feelings necessary to work easily with most spells, etc.

    Now, with the definition of Wicca you have provided, it would be a real challenge to combine the 2. As far as simply being a christian witch, easy, at least it was for my grandmother. She loved her Anglican church, but she also participated in “the womanly arts”.

    Myself, not so much. I can’t really reconcile the 2 the way she did. As a matter of fact, I am really practising nothing at the moment.

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