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Wicca and the Christian Heritage : Ritual, Sex and Magic - Joanne Pearson

Wicca and the Christian Heritage

Ritual, Sex and Magic

Hardcover Published: 11th May 2007
ISBN: 9780415254137
Number Of Pages: 192

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What is Wicca? Is it witchcraft, Paganism, occultism, esotericism, magic, spirituality, mysticism, nature religion, secrecy, gnosis, the exotic or 'other'? Wicca has been defined by and explored within all these contexts over the past thirty years by anthropologists, sociologists and historians, but there has been a tendency to sublimate and negate the role of Christianity in Wicca's historical and contemporary contexts.

Joanne Pearson 'prowls the borderlands of Christianity' to uncover the untold history of Wicca. Exploring the problematic nature of the Wiccan claim of marginality, it contains a groundbreaking analysis of themes in Christian traditions that are inherent in the development of contemporary Wicca. These focus on the accusations which have been levelled against Catholisicm, heterodoxy and witchcraft throughout history: ritual, deviant sexuality and magic.

'This is an exciting, interesting and original book, with a unique perspective on both modern witchcraft and modern Christianity.' "- Ronald Hutton, University of Bristol, UK"

England's 'old religions'p. 11
Episcopi vagantes and heterodox Christianityp. 27
Churches gnostic and agnosticp. 43
Rediscovering ritualp. 59
Sex and the sacredp. 77
The magic of the marginsp. 94
Afterword : the Christian heritage?p. 112
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ISBN: 9780415254137
ISBN-10: 0415254132
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 11th May 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1