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Witchcraft Goes Mainstream

Witchcraft Goes Mainstream PDF Author: Brooks Alexander
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 9780736912211
Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
Languages : en
Pages : 284

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Motivated by his personal experience in the drug and occult culture of the 60Us and his radical conversion to Christ, Alexander uses his background in law and journalism to authoritatively and clearly demonstrate the true nature of neopaganism.

Generation Hex

Generation Hex PDF Author: Dillon Burroughs
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 0736924019
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 173

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Wicca is America’s fastest growing religion. By the year 2012, it’s projected to be the third largest religion in the United States. In Generation Hex, Marla Alupoaicei and Dillon Burroughs explore the history, culture, and practices of Wicca. As part of their research, they interviewed travelers to historic Salem, Massachusetts, consulted practitioners of leading neopagan conferences in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, and dialogued with several current and former adherents of Wicca and other forms of witchcraft to evaluate the past and present of this growing spiritual tradition. The result is a compelling account that will inform and equip Christians (especially parents) to understand Wiccan and New Age teachings. Readers will have confidence to explain this belief system to others and to communicate the gospel to those caught up in this practice. Generation Hex identifies with the spiritual hunger of a generation seeking truth, authenticity, and hope in a fragmented world. It’s perfect for personal study or as a gift for anyone interested or involved in Wicca.

A History of Witchcraft

A History of Witchcraft PDF Author: Jeffrey Burton Russell
Publisher:
ISBN:
Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
Languages : en
Pages : 216

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A revised and updated edition of the classic study on witchcraft examines the historical, anthropological, and religious manifestations of witchcraft, from ancient times to the present day, arguing that modern witchcraft in the West is in fact a serious religion that offers valuable insights. Original.

Witchcraft Myths in American Culture

Witchcraft Myths in American Culture PDF Author: Marion Gibson
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415979781
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 293

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A fascinating examination of how Americans think about and write about witches, from the 'real' witches tried and sometimes executed in early New England to modern re-imaginings of witches as pagan priestesses, comic-strip heroines and feminist icons. The first half of the book is a thorough re-reading of the original documents describing witchcraft prosecutions from 1640-1700 and a re-thinking of these sources as far less coherent and trustworthy than most historians have considered them to be. The second half of the book examines how these historical narratives have transformed into myths of witchcraft still current in American society, writing and visual culture. The discussion includes references to everything from Increase Mather and Edgar Allan Poe to Joss Whedon (the writer/director of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which includes a Wiccan character) and The Blair Witch Project.

Hour of the Witch

Hour of the Witch PDF Author: Steve Wohlberg
Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers
ISBN: 076846143X
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 224

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"Steve Wohlberg has glimpsed the horizon and issued an urgent warning." — Tal Brooke, President of Spiritual Counterfeits Project, Author of One World and Avatar of Night Hour of the Witch Gazing down to Earth's last days with heavenly vision, the Bible's last book predicts, "Through sorcery all nations were deceived" (Revelation 18:23). This is no fictitious pronouncement, but the ominous truth about the end-times. Kids, teenagers, and adults around the world have become fascinated with mysterious energies flowing through witches. In rapidly increasing numbers, young and old are visiting popular witchcraft web sites, buying spell books, joining covens, mixing potions, and practicing magic. The best selling series of children's books ever written is Harry Potter, a tale about a young sorcerer. Most parents view Harry Potter as harmless entertainment, yet others are certain dark spiritual forces lurk beneath those magic-made-fun pages. Hour of the Witch offers penetrating insights into this apocalyptic phenomenon as it explores the controversial worlds of Wicca Witchcraft, Harry Potter, and the Bible.

Paradise Mislaid

Paradise Mislaid PDF Author: Jeffrey Burton Russell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195334582
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 210

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The Christian concept of heaven flourished for almost two millennia, but it has lost much of its power in the last hundred years. Indeed today even theologians tend to avoid the topic. This stimulating book sets out to rehabilitate heaven by forcefully attacking a series of ideas that have made belief in heaven, not to mention belief in God, increasingly difficult for modern people. The author provides elegant and persuasive refutations of arguments ranging from the idea that science has disproved the existence of the supernatural, to the notion that biblical criticism has emptied the scripture of meaning. Along the way, as Russell looks at the ideas of Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer, Mark Twain and Alfred Lord Tennyson, Marx and Freud, and a host of others, he sheds light not only on the history of Christian thought, but on the process of secularization in the West. One by one, Russell refutes these anti-religious ideologies, pinpointing the deficiencies of their reasoning. "A marvelous overview of the many philosophical, literary, social, and even religious forces that have challenged the concept of heaven.... Russell's elegant and richly textured survey of heaven offers a first-rate history of a much-debated subject." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Believers and unbelievers alike will find much here to challenge their thinking.... Russell argues that, far from hiding dark realities behind pretty illusions, the great metaphors of Christianity--from the luminous New Jerusalem of Revelation to the heavenly chariot of African American spirituals--gesture toward realities too cosmic to fit within ordinary language." --Booklist (starred review) Patient, generous, eloquent, it delivers to the ordinary reader a brilliant analysis of the long battle for Christian ideas. Russell shrinks from nothing as he pierces the illusions surrounding skepticism and cynicism and how these biases have come to dominate our daily lives. Vitally important for those of us who struggle to articulate the richness of the faith they hold dear." --Anne Rice

Handbook of Contemporary Paganism

Handbook of Contemporary Paganism PDF Author: Murphy Pizza
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9047442350
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 659

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As Contemporary Paganism continues to grow and establish its identity and place on the global religious landscape, new angles of inquiry about it have emerged and are discussed by Pagan Studies scholars of varying disciplines in this collection.

Wicca's Charm

Wicca's Charm PDF Author: Catherine Sanders
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 0307551091
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 256

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How Wiccan Spirituality Is Filling a Spiritual Hunger in America Hundreds of thousands of people practice Wicca and other forms of modern Pagan spirituality in America today, and journalist Catherine Edwards Sanders wanted to understand why such belief systems are rapidly attracting followers. When a routine magazine assignment led her to realize that her stereotype of Wiccans as eccentric spiritual outsiders was embarrassingly misinformed, her curiosity compelled her to understand the Wiccan mystique. With the support of a journalism fellowship, Sanders spent a year interviewing neo-Pagans and witches and found that the lure of this emerging spirituality was not the occult, but rather a search for meaning in an increasingly fragmented and materialistic culture. With keen observation, challenging insight, and compassionate critique, Sanders produces a lively narrative about what she experienced and discovered during her travels: Halloween rituals in Salem, anti-globalization protests in New York, and the contrasts between what seekers find in neo-Paganism that they perceive as lacking in Christian tradition. In Wicca’s Charm, Sanders explains the powerful attraction of an increasingly mainstream spirituality that celebrates the wonder of creation and the life-giving energy of women while also exploring why Christian churches often fail to engage these seekers, but how they can learn to tap into the deep roots of Christianity to nourish the hunger of so many who seek a holistic and authentic worship experience.

Revolutionary Witchcraft

Revolutionary Witchcraft PDF Author: Sarah Lyons
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0762495723
Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
Languages : en
Pages : 168

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A fiery, inclusive guide for activists and witches alike, Revolutionary Witchcraft is an empowered introduction to the history and practice of politically-motivated magic. From the politically charged origins of the word "witch" to the present-day magical resistance, this bold handbook explores the role of witchcraft in our modern world. Author, activist, and practicing witch Sarah Lyons takes readers on a journey through a leftist history of magic -- from the witch hunts of early modern England, through the Salem Witch Trials, and up to our present moment. Pairing mystical acts, including sigil magic and soul flight, with core organizing tactics, like power mapping and protests, Revolutionary Witchcraft offers a blueprint for building a politically grounded magical praxis. From social justice to environmental activism, this radical reimagining of political activism addresses today's most pressing problems with empowering, inclusive rituals and magical actions. Each chapter introduces a key concept, like dreaming big, experiencing magical initiation, and joining the revolution, supported by a galvanizing historical case study on the power of mystical action. Full of actionable ideas for magical organizing, and an appendix packed with customizable spells, Revolutionary Witchcraft is the perfect companion for the magical uprising.

Beyond the Burning Times

Beyond the Burning Times PDF Author: Philip Johnson
Publisher: Lion Books
ISBN: 0745959385
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 208

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A fascinating dialogue between a Pagan and a Christian. Gus DiZerega, an American pagan and and an academic engages in debate with Philip Johnson, an Australian Christian theologian. The two debate questions such as the nature of spirituality, who or what is deity, how humans relate to the divine, the sacred feminine, gender and sexuality, and the teachings and claims of Jesus. At the end of the book another Pagan writer comments on what Philip Johnson has argued, and another Christian comments on what Gus DiZerega has argued. Paganism is acknowledged as the fastest growing 'religion' in western Europe and this book helps readers to engage with it and with orthodox Christian belief.