I read Wicca's Charm: Understanding the Spiritual Hunger behind the Rise of Modern Witchcraft and Pagan Spirituality by Catherine Sanders for my project. This book was very insightful into the religion and into reasons why people are no longer conforming to the church. I learned quite a few things from reading this book.
The book begins with Sanders explaining why Wicca has grown in recent years. She comes to the conclusion that there are a number of factors. However, the two main ones she notes are the media and the church. The media is accessing it and making in more normal. She cites the Harry Potter phenomena as an example. She writes, "Unlike Wicca, Rowling's books actually promote a clear understanding of good and evil . . . The stories and themes that fill the pages of the Harry Potter books have little to do with Wicca at all, in fact." However she adds, “The books do glorify magic and make fun of ordinary humans know to Harry and his friends as ''muggles.'" However, the media’s influence goes beyond these books. There is a section of the publishing world dedicated to Wiccan themes and it is widely successful. The themes also appear in TV shows and movies that are widely popular. Sanders goes on to list and describe five reasons why Wiccans leave the church and turn to the religion. The first is concern for the earth. Wiccans love the earth and feel that Christians have turned a blind eye to environmental concerns. The second is empowerment for women. Many Wiccans believe that the church has denigrated women and that Wicca empowers them, particularly with its emphasis on goddess worship. The third is frustration with the consumer culture. Many Wiccans believe the church has bought into the consumer culture. The fourth is the draw of the supernatural. Many in the mainline church denigrate the supernatural and Wiccans turn to Wicca for its acknowledgement of the...
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