Post by Mystical Journey on Jan 24, 2012 10:08:00 GMT -8
Ok, so I post these questions not only here, but also on google+ and FB... i thought this was an interesting answer and would love to hear your comments...
John Beckett - Yes, you can, but not very well.
Conservative Christianity is completely incompatible with Wicca and other Pagan religions. It makes claims to exclusivity that must be either accepted or rejected - both Catholics and Evangelicals warn against syncretism. You can practice folk magic while being a Christian (the Scots and Irish and their Appalachian descendants have done this for centuries), but you're still locked into a Trinitarian view of God, which rules out polytheism and Goddess worship, and plenty of conservative Christians will tell you you're doing "the devil's work."
Liberal Christianity can be blended with pretty much anything, and there are "Green Christians" who honor the Earth as God's creation as well as any Goddess worshiping Pagan. But liberal Christians tend to dismiss magic and witchcraft as something they've moved beyond. They won't tell you you're going to hell, but they won't support your magical work either.
Better to dive deeply into one or the other. I have nothing but respect for Jesus (as a polytheist I can acknowledge him as a god, but as one among many, not the Son of God), but realized I'd do a lot more good as an enthusiastic Pagan than as a reluctant Christian.
If you can't - or don't want to - leave Christianity, then become a mystical Christian. Study the works and lives of John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, and in contemporary times, Thomas Merton. Find a Christian-oriented Western Mystery Tradition group to study and practice with.
Trying to walk two paths simultaneously is difficult, and is frequently the sign of unresolved internal conflicts. Rather than asking if you can practice Christianity and Wicca, first ask yourself why you want to.