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The Path of A Christian Witch

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Note: Spirits in Bondage and Dymer were first published under the pseudonym Clive Hamilton (Lewis's mother's maiden name). Academic and other Church House asked the Church Times not to use several of her comments, including a reference to a specific parish that had experienced problems, in case it reignited tensions with local pagans. A priest in an area with pagan activity declined to be interviewed for the same reason.

But I also feel there is so much love to be found in other paths, in the connection with nature, with other teachers and deities, which is part of the reason why being a Christian alone never worked for me.Ritual practice: There are so many ways to celebrate life. One way that I find links both the Pagan and the Christian philosophy is by the blessing of the elements. This is done at the Easter vigil service every year, and I find that there is no better connection between Pagan and Christian rites than this. There is the blessing of the fire and of the water, and the burning of incense to sanctify the altar. Flowers are all around the altar. It really is a great representation of all the elements Wiccans work with regularly. You can perform the blessing of the elements in your own home with your own personalized ritual. You can then take this holy water to bless yourself and your home in a commitment to bringing forth life everywhere you go. Ritual practice: Baking and sharing bread is a ritual both Pagans and Christians can relate to. It is especially relevant to Christians as a commemoration of the Eucharist. Lewis, very unusually for the time, thought that there ought to be some provision in Christianity for resurrection or heaven for animals. She also worries they could get into “something that’s going to frighten you very badly and do you a lot of damage, like Ouija boards and Charlie-Charlie, and these other types of ‘games’ where you lose control and all sorts of things can happen in your mind that you’re not prepared for.”

It’s become popular for news outlets to profile the apparent rise in modern witchcraft , yet the magic has been with us all along; the tendency for witches to identify as pagan is what’s actually new — this side of the medieval period, at least. In Out of the Silent Planet Lewis imagined a world, located on Mars, in which the Fall of humanity had never happened and the inhabitants lived without original sin. He returned to this theme in the sequel, Perelandra, which followed the temptation of the first woman on a new world, this time set on Venus. Lewis began writing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 1948. The inspiration is not difficult to guess. A few years earlier, during the Second World War, Lewis's household had played host to a group of children evacuated from London and other cities: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe begins with four evacuees staying in the house of an old professor. The Revd Paul Cudby, the Vicar of Tansworth and the Bishop of Birmingham’s Adviser for New Religious Movements, and author of The Shaken Path: A Christian priest’s exploration of modern pagan belief and practice ( Books, 17 November 2017), says that teenage girls and young women with an interest in Wicca are increasingly opting for “self-initiation” rather than being initiated by a Wiccan priest, much to the annoyance of older pagans. Common theme: Encouraging light in times of darkness. This light is represented in various ways: the unconquered sun, the star of Bethlehem, Jesus as the light of the world, or simply by the ritual use of candles.Why do some people leave Christianity for witchcraft? “Partly, I think it’s a failure in the Church,” Mr Cudby says. “A lot of the people I’ve met left either because they were simply not allowed to ask questions or because they just found church very dry and unspiritual.” Before writing his Christian fiction books, C.S. Lewis was known as an apologist: a writer who defended his faith using logic. Lewis believed that humans were absolutely separate from animals, but he considered animals conscious - or some animals to be more conscious than others. It would be unhelpful to group apes with earthworms: "Clearly in some ways the ape and man are much more like each other than either is like the worm". There was a difference in complexity from 'lower' to 'higher' animals.

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