A COMPARISON OF CHRISTIANITY AND WICCA
by ROWAN MOONSTONE

The following is the comparison listing of Christianity and Wicca that I mentioned in a previous message. It was prepared by Kerr Cuchulain, who is the Canadian Chapter Head for the Witches League for Public Awareness, in response to a request from a Christian minister who contacted the League.

Christianity

Wicca

Patriarchal/Paternalistic

Duotheistic (Goddess/God)*

Dualistic: divinity separate from everyday world

Monistic: Divinity inseparable from everyday world

Resurrection

Reincarnation

Heaven: destination of Christian between souls incarnations

Summerland: resting place

Hell

No equivalent

Satan

No equivalent

Original Sin

No equivalent

Redemption/Atonement/Confession

Karma/Threefold Law(evil returns upon the perpetrator three-fold)

Hierarchy/Authoritarian

No hierarchy/ Autonomy

Bible( scripture)

No equivalent **

Sabbats based upon Biblical and Christian historical events

Seasonal and Lunar Sabbats

Prophets/Saints/Messiahs

No equivalent

Generally daylight worship

Some worship nocturnal(lunar esbats)

Churches/temples

Circles case where convenient usually no formal temple no size restrictions on small groups (covens) 3-13 people usual though congregations may be larger.

10 Commandments

Wiccan Rede Harm none

 Psychic phenomena generally discouraged except for "miracles"

Psychic abilities encouraged (magick)

* Names vary from tradition to tradition. Different aspects of the Goddess/God have different names creating the impression that Wicca may be pantheistic.
** Wiccans use a book called the "Book of Shadows". This is a working notebook rather than a scriptural text.