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     From: ROWAN MOONSTONE 
     To: ALL 
     Subj: CHRISTIANITY AND WICCA 
     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          Monistic: Divinity inseparable 
     from everyday world                     from everyday world 
     Resurrection                          Reincarnation 
     Heaven: destination of Christian      Summerland: resting place 
     between souls incarnations 
     Hell                                  No equivalent 
     Satan                                 No equivalent 
     Original Sin                          No equivalent 
     Redemption/Atonement/Confession        Karma/Threefold Law(evil returns
                                              uponthe perpetratorthree-fold)
     Hierarchy/Authoritarian               No hierarchy/ Autonomy 
     Bible( scripture)                     No equivalent ** 
     Sabbats based upon Biblical           Seasonal and Lunar Sabbats 
     and Christian historical events 
     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           Psychic abilities encouraged 
     discouraged except for                (magick) 
     "miracles" 
     * Names vary from tradition to tradition. lDifferent 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. 

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