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Wicca's Charm: Understanding the Spiritual Hunger behind the Rise of Modern Witchcraft and Pagan Spiritualityby Catherine Sanders
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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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Traces the author's one-year journey into the Wiccan culture where she interviewed neo-pagans and witches in her quest to understand modern pagan spirituality, explaining the growing attraction of this religion that celebrates the wonder of creation and the life-giving energy of women. Original.
About the Author
Catherine Edwards Sanders is a journalist with experience in radio, television, and print journals such as The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, Insight, World Magazine, and Coastal Living. She has written for The McLaughlin Group and was the producer of Janet Parshall’s America talk-radio program. She lives in Virginia.
Table of Contents
Salem : what is Wicca? — Tired of sitting in pews : why Wicca? — Harry Potter and other common questions : why now? — "Just the idea of a goddess ..." : women and Wicca — Does God really love women? : the search for dignity — "It's malleable" : Wicca and teens — Seeking authentic spirituality : Wicca and college students — Changing from within : Wicca in the church — For love of the earth : the need for creation care — Quenching the soul thirst.
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