November 4th, 2013
The Influence of Early Religions:
The roots between early forms of Paganism and Witchcraft to Catholicism When you’re kneeling in a pew at church with your head down, bowing in prayer, do you ever stop to think about how this ritual came to be? In most common catholic religions today, have you ever wondered where some of the traditions and holidays came from? Throughout the history of Catholicism up until present day, there are a lot of practices and rules set by Catholics are very rigid and narrow-minded. What some Catholics don’t know is a few of their practices and traditions are based upon some of the oldest forms of Pagan religions. Now that is a very controversial subject in the eyes of many Catholics. It is so controversial; many have just completely closed their mind to the idea that other earlier forms of religion could, have adopted their ways of worship. They have completely shunned these claims. There have been times throughout history, when the Catholic Church persecuted witches. It’s interesting to wonder, why would Catholics punish the very people they adopted their ideas and practice of worship from? The roots of Catholicism are tied within the ancient practices of early Pagan religions, specifically Witchcraft. In this paper the connections between Wiccan traditions and Catholicism are explored and verified.
Throughout history, there have been many types of religions that have been practiced by people from all over the world. Today, one of the most common religions practiced is Catholicism. Catholicism is a broad term for describing the specific traditions and spiritual followings within the Christian Church (“Christianity”). The Roman Catholic Church claims it has grounded its origin in the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. Ever since, the church declares it is the one and only religion Jesus died for. The many followers of Jesus were the ones who built upon and created the ways of worship based on the teachings Jesus gave to them when he was alive (Houdmann). However, these claims may not be exactly true. When taking a closer look into the traditions, holidays, and practices the Catholic Church claims is from their own teaching, there is evidence to prove otherwise. From the earliest of times, we know there have been other forms of religions practiced before the mass spread and influence of the Catholic Church within the lives of everyday people. In order to grow and spread the word of God, the church would first have to build followers and convert people over, and that’s exactly what they did. But first, there had to be some changes that would appeal to others in order for them to want to convert over. It was then that the influences of Pagan religions were used to draw in these people to the Catholic Church and show them the way of God according to their basic teachings (Christianity).
Today in contemporary Catholicism, the church holds on to an essential belief system as a foundation for the religion. Without these tools and rituals, the Catholic Church wouldn’t be the same. One of the most important things within the entire Catholic Church belief system would be The Bible. According to the church, the bible is the one thing that is free from error and inspired truly on the word of God (Wiley). The Seven Sacraments is another part of Catholicism that is part of their core beliefs and is highly ritualized within the Church. To Catholics, they believe the sacraments are the means of grace. They are: Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony, and the Anointing of the Sick (“Seven Catholic Sacraments”). There are rules set within the Church to act like a guideline for Christians to follow in order to appease God. These rules are known as the Ten Commandments and these are the “moral compass” for people to live by in order to do well in life according to Catholics (Wiley). The belief in the Holy Trinity...
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