Magical Religion And Modern Witchcraft

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Provides an overview of neo-paganism from the Goddess to magic and rituals, from history and ethics to the relationship of neo-paganism to Christianity.
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A sympathetic account of modern paganism. Covers the neo-pagan worldview and the central figure of the Goddess, the practices of magic and ritual, phases of the movement's history, morality and ethics, intersections with Christianity, and the movement's literature. The authors of the 17 essays are not identified except by name. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791428900
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,325,805
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents


PART I: The Goddess and the Witches' Worldview

1. The Contemporary Neo-Pagan Revival

Judy Harrow

2. Who on Earth is the Goddess?

Morning Glory and Otter G'Zell

3. Emergent Nature Spirituality: An Examination of the Major Spiritual Contours of the Contemporary Pagan Worldview

Dennis D. Carpenter

PART II: Magic and Rituals

4. Spells of Transformation: Categorizing Modern Neo-Pagan Witches

Shelley TSivia Rabinovitch

5. Ritual is My Chosen Art Form: The Creation of Ritual as Folk Art Among Contemporary Pagans

Sabina Magliocco

6. Forging Magical Selves: Gendered Bodies and Ritual Fires at Neo-Pagan Festivals

Sarah M. Pike

7. As I Do Will, So Mote It Be: Magic as Metaphor in Neo-Pagan Witchcraft

Síân Reid

PART III: History

8. White Witches: Historic Fact and Romantic Fantasy

James W. Baker

9. The Reconstruction of the Ásatrú and Odinist Traditions

Jeffrey Kaplan

10. The Resurgence of Magical Religion as a Response to the Crisis of Modernity: A Postmodern Depth Psychological Perspective

Adrian Ivakhiv

PART IV: Ethics

11. What has Alexandria to do with Boston? Some Sources of Modern Pagan Ethics

Chas S. Clifton

12. The British Occult Subculture: Beyond Good and Evil?

Susan Greenwood

PART V: Christianity and Neo-Paganism

13. Embracing Jesus and the Goddess: Towards a Reconceptualization of Conversion to Syncretistic Religion

Christel Johanna Manning

14. Where Christian Liturgy and Neo-Pagan Ritual Meet

Rev. Richard E. Kuykendall

15. Works of Darkness: Occult Fascination in the Novels of Frank E. Peretti

James R. Lewis

PART VI: Literature Reviews

16. Rationalizing the Margins: A Review of Legitimation and Ethnographic Practice in Scholarly Research on Neo-Paganism

Sarah M. Pike

17. Practitioners of Paganism and Wiccan Spirituality in Contemporary Society: A Review of the Literature

Dennis D. Carpenter


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