My Riot inbox stays pretty full. You folks really keep me hopping with tons of listener and reader feedback, and I totally love it. Also, because I'm pagan and have a well-read blog/podcast, I seem to get put on all these lists. Somehow I've ended up on the 'Llewellyn's Witchy Updates' mailing list. Now, I'm not one to immediately knock Llewellyn publications. I shamelessly own a few of their titles, but I sometimes wonder exactly how far they'll go in their quest to publish absolutely any pseudo-pagan-related text.
Case in point: The Path of a Christian Witch by Adelina St. Clair. I just got an entire email from LPubs (Llewellyn Publications, but I'm just too lazy to keep typing it) regarding this new book, as well as a sample article from the author about the 'Christian Witch Wheel of the Year.' (Basically, if you've ever read the history of things like Easter or Christmas, you're up to speed on the article's contents. Every Christian holiday has pagan origins! Ahhhhh!!!!
I got this a couple of days ago, but it's interesting, because I've also recently gotten a good deal of feedback from the Twitterkin, readers, and listeners lately about being a Christian Witch/Wiccan. The term I found at good ol' reliable Wikipedia is Christo-Pagan. Basically, the name implies exactly what you're thinking: somebody decided Christianity and Paganism go together.
Now, that I can actually get behind. I am all for forging a new path, blending the old, the new, and the different. I like taking opposing ideals and finding their commonalities. Christo-Paganism is all right by me.
I is just a bit confuzzled by the Christian Wicca, though I get where they line up. I get the general idea of Trinity = Triple Deity. I get comparing the Virgin Mary to the Goddess. I get prayer = magic (though I disagree with the concept)...etc, etc, etc. I totally get it. My only question, and again I'm not knocking anything, is 'Why Christian Wicca?'
My rumination is on the marriage of religions. Typically when you are initiated into a religion, there is a caveat about only being part of that religion. Religions have laws and rules and things. Sometimes a religion has a specific law about you NOT being a part of another religion or belief system. However, in the case of marrying two spiritual paths or one religion and a spiritual path, the lines become blurred.
Putting ideas and practices from a path in with your religious tenets is like choosing to use a TI-89 calculator to do your homework, instead of the standard 10-key add, subtract, multiply, divide one. Sure, it might cost more to use this option, and you might not understand just how best to use it the first few times, but after a while it's so much easier and faster to use the calculator with extra functions. Adding to your practice with and open world view takes nothing away from a religion. And, I'm not saying being Christo-Wiccan or a Hindu-Asatru or a Jewish-Christian takes away anything, but it gets confusing.
Take the last example: if someone wanted to be both Jewish and Christian. Well, there are some basic problems with this. Christians believe Jesus Christ is the one and only, virgin-born son of God. Jews don't. In fact, they don't believe the Messiah has come at all, but that he will some time in the future. Putting aside all other facets of belief, this one law/rule/stand-by is a pretty important feature. You cannot both believe that Jesus is God and that he is not.
This is the trouble I have in understanding the marriage of two religions, especially ones in which there are specific tenets that are diametrically opposed. But, I am a seeker. I don't understand everything. I don't even understand 1/billionth of 1% of everything. However, I try. So, if you're a Christo-Wiccan, let me know how you reconcile the two. How do you get around the practice of magic or the concept of the Devil/Satan? What do you feel about sin, original sin, or apples in general? (Yes, that last bit's a joke.) In Christianity, the triple deity is male, while in Wicca it is female...thoughts? Has Mary's personality split into three? Or do you just add Sophia into the mix?
Do you know who Sophia - Yahweh's wife - is?
Let me know with a comment, a tweet, or an email!
Love and Lyte,