Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
"Wicca is the fastest-growing religion in America, set to be the third largest religion by 2012," claims Marla Alupoaicei, the co-author of the controversial new book "Generation Hex".
Alupoaicei also says that "The numbers of adherents are doubling every 30 months".
The truth is that there are now over 700,000 websites for Wiccans, and there are communities of Wiccans in every major city in the United States.
In fact, the total number of Wiccans in the United States may be as high as 900,000, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
This comes at a time when there is a mass exodus from many of the established churches in the western world.
Women, in particular, seem to be leaving many traditional churches at a blinding pace. An English church census recently found that more than 50,000 women a year are leaving the Anglican church.
Many of these women (and men) are deserting traditional Christianity for Wicca and other forms of pagan religion.
So just what is Wicca?
High Priestess Janina Giordano says that Wicca is “a new religion based on very old, ancient practices.”
The prominent Wicca leader who goes by the name of "Starhawk" (the author of "The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess") defines Wicca this way:
"Witchcraft" or "Wicca" refers to the specific set of Goddess-centered traditions that come from Europe and the Middle East. "Witch" is a subset of "Pagan," just as "Methodist" or "Baptist" is a subset of "Christian." And we capitalize "Witch" just as we capitalize "Mormon" or "Buddhist."
Young people in particular seem to be really taking to Wicca. The Pagan Federation in the United Kingdom reportedly receives hundreds of enquiries from teenagers every single day of the year.
Harry Potter and other media such as "Charmed", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and "The Craft" have helped make Wicca and witchcraft increasingly popular in recent years.
Does a mass shift of our population into "tolerant" religions such as Wicca where there are no set "doctrines" and very few rules about what is right or wrong prepare us for the time when a one world faith will arise?
Will the adoption of witchcraft by a large percentage of our young people make it easier for the people of the Western democracies to be herded into a one world government and a one world Luciferian religion?
For those who are concerned about this, the reality is that witchcraft is experiencing explosive growth and it looks like it is going to be a powerful force to be reckoned with from now on.