Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Wicca's Charm: Understanding the Spiritual Hunger Behind the Rise of Modern Witchcraft and Pagan Spirituality

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Wicca's Charm: Understanding the Spiritual Hunger Behind the Rise of Modern Witchcraft and Pagan Spirituality

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WICCA'S CHARM: UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRITUAL HUNGER BEHIND THE RISE OF MODERN WITCHCRAFT AND PAGAN SPIRITUALITY by CATHERINE EDWARDS SANDERS Shaw, 256pages, $13.99paper

Catherine Edwards Sanders argues that modern women turn to witchcraft and Goddess-worship because they find Christianity dissatisfying-or rather, because they often encounter dissatisfying Christians. Sanders, who first investigated modern witchcraft as an assignment for a magazine, writes: "I was surprised to discover that even if I didn't ask any questions about the church, Wiccans always mentioned it." The women Sanders interviews in her engaging Wicca's Charm cite any number of reasons for their interest in witchcraft, but again and again they say that it satisfies a craving for spirituality and ritual that many Christian communities do not. Given the state of contemporary catechesis, this flight from the churches is not surprising. …

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