Subject: actually ok
Date: 15/07/2004 16:40:54 GMT Daylight Time
I'm pagan, I actually do like this site and your articles are actually thought out and polite instead of other sites I have seen... Although I do not agree with many articles they don't tend to offend very much. the only thing i wish to say is to please.... really read and study these earth based religions and then comment on them. And to ask you to let people be. I haven't seen any rants that are too horrible about being saved, but take into thought that some people are just different.
ps, keep up your "clean humor" link teehee
Subject: (no subject)
Date: 02/08/2004 02:00:35 GMT Daylight Time
Hi, I wanted to thank you for your site. I havent read it all yet but I will and this is a very good site. I am in training right now I am witch but need to learn alot more. My name is
Subject: About Wicca and Paganism
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 00:17:14 +0100
I would like send my thanks to Vince McCann - I have just read his article in ChristainAnswers.net. I am a Pagan, and I was delighted to find his article well balanced and thought out, a good selection of comments about Paganism which would stand many Pagans (and Christians) in good stead.
I applaud his action in suggesting that more Christians take time to think about Pagans, instead of simply dismissing out of hand. This is an attitude many of us Pagans and Wiccans would be good to echo. I shall be examining his thoughts in greater details - he raises many good points.
Again, my thanks to Vince for highlighting what he has.
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Date: 26/07/2003 16:04:45 GMT Daylight Time
Hi there. I've only read one article on your website (the one about pagans etc) and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I rolled my eyes when I first saw the link to this site, expecting another uninformed rant against paganism, but you argue fairly, and though I think some of your points are a little flawed, you are certainly a credit to your religion. I was raised Roman Catholic, turned to paganism, and am now an atheist (lol, a long journey for a 17 year old)- which I feel means I can look at all religions with perspective. I think all (or most) religions contain fundamental truths, and that both anti-Christian and anti-Wicca sentiment/rhetoric is just pointless. Once again, congratulations on your website, it's good to see that not all Christian unease about paganism comes from a bad place.
Subj: Article on Wicca and Paganism By Vince McCann
Date: 11/07/2003 17:09:47 GMT Daylight Time
I just read Vince's article on a Christian Perspective on Wicca and Paganism. Please pass this comment along to him if possible.
Kudos to you Mr. McCann. As a Wiccan, I found your article to be balanced, factual, and fair. I also appreciated the Christian based commentary on issues that are pertinent to both faiths. Articles such as yours will provide a foundation for true interfaith discussion, understanding, and (hopefully) tolerance.
There are a number of issues that Wiccans and Christians are going to not see eye to eye on. I believe that these issues are rooted in a fundamental difference in the way that we perceive the world/reality, divinity, and human nature. For example, I will never be able to convince you that the Devil does not exist; to you he does exist and his impact on the world is obvious. Similarly, you will never be able to convince me that I am worshiping the creation rather than the creator; to me they are the same thing...and to separate the two feels very foreign and is contrary to my spiritual goals.
All the same, I do appreciate your perspective and your beliefs. There are simply certain base issues that, because of a differing "world-view" we are not going to agree on. Feel free to contact me for further discussion, if you are so inclined.
[FROM THE SPOTLIGHT GUESTBOOK]
January 23, 2003 09:53 EST
I logged on to this site expecting some outrageous accusations against Wiccans/Pagans. I was refreshingly surprised to see you almost had it correct. At least you didn't accuse us of tossing dead cats on a Baptist podium. What will they think of next,eh? It, of course, did not sway my beliefs. However, I do appreciate the respect you conveyed. After all, we are all human beings - no one is better, no one is worse. Thank you -
Subj: Thank You
Date: 04/12/2002 15:39:34 GMT Standard Time
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I just read your article "Some Christian observations on Paganism and Wicca". I am Wiccan, and I stumbled across your page while surfing the web. I wanted to thank you for the way this article was written. Too many times, I have come across pages that blast Wiccans, treating them as if they were scum, even though these pages were supposedly there to help the Wiccans "see the light". Your article is well written, putting your point across, without denigrating the people who do not believe like you. I agree that there are many people that call themselves Christian, yet do not follow the teachings of Jesus. I will be sure to point people towards this site when they blame Christianity for what many "false" Christians have done. Again, thank you for your kindness.
Subj: Your site
Date: 26/11/2002 20:14:24 GMT Standard Time
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Hi, there. I just wanted to say that i enjoyed your site very much! I happen to be Pagan, and very proud of who I am: physically, mentally, and spiritually. I'm just glad to have found a site that has intelligent things to say, instead of ignorant things. I came to your site because of the Harry Potter articles, and having 2 small children, I would say I agree with what you had to say about the books. Right now I'm trying to teach my children every religion out there, so that when they are old enough (or wise enough, which ever comes first), they can make an educated decision. I agree that small children sometimes really don't know the difference between what is real, and what is not. But I think that it is a parents job to help children realize the differences. I have read the first Harry Potter book to my son, to which he had many questions. He really doesn't understand that this book is fake, nothing in it is real, and for that reason, I have stopped reading him these books for the time being. I don't want my children growing up to think that they can use spells to control people, I am against that in every aspect. Magick to me doesn't include spells or silly words. What it means to me is being close to my Dieties, my belief in my faith. Yes, I may be Pagan, but in all honesty, I choose what it is I worship. I happen to be Ecclectic, I choose things from any religion I wish. I have read the Bible, and I do still own one. I believe in a man named Jesus, I may not worship him, but I believe he was an amazing teacher, and I still like to read of his teachings. But I worship the Mother Earth, and Father Sky. I revel in nature, and listen to the stars. I'm a natural healer, through energy that I take in from nature (mind you, I use this healing on myself, and no one else). Like I said, I dislike spells that are meant to control or harm, this is not what I've been taught my whole life. I was taught to help and respect everyone, which I am passing down to my children.
Ok, enough with my rambling. Again, thank you for being open and intelligent with your responses to Paganism. It means alot to me to know that there are Christians out there who do follow Jesus' teachings of love and respect.
If it's ok with you, when I get my site running again (I kinda made an "oops", and I have to fix it), I would like to link to your site.
Subj: A Wiccan's Gratitude
Date: 30/05/2002 07:34:02 GMT Daylight Time
My name is [name witheld], I am a twenty-year-old American college student, and I am Wiccan. I would just like to express my gratitude at your expression of a positive attitude from a Christian towards Wiccans and other Pagans. Although I am Wiccan, it took many years of exploration and soul-searching before I chose this path. Before I became Wiccan I was Christian for over five years. Unfortunately I had the bad luck of being seduced into a Christian cult which tamatised me in many ways. After leaving the cult (and their interpertation of Jesus' teachings) it took me some years before I could commit myself to a religion again. I am very fulfilled being Wiccan but I also have a deep respect for the teachings of Christ. I was surfing the web when I came across your site about a Christian's persoective on wiccans/pagans. I am glad that you were able to express your views in such an intelligent manor. Too many times have I come across so called "Christians" who let their ignorance or fear of something drive them to foolish acts "In God's/Jesus' name". Instead you have truly embraced Christ's teachings of love, kindness, and brotherhood for all peoples no matter what their faith. Also you touched on the important point that we are all human, that there is good and bad in all people, and the no one either Christian or Wiccan is perfect.
I am in the process of creating a Wiccan website offering basic information about Wicca and my experiences with it as a religion and a way of life. I also want to promote a positive attitude towards Pagans and other religions, especially Christianity. With your permission I would like to include a link to your site. I think other Wiccans would benefit through knowledge that Christians are not "enemies" but valued friends and nieghbors. I feel that your site is extremely informative for Wiccans about your differing veiws, and emphasises a positive attitude that can be shared by both of our respective faiths.I hope that you will grant me permission to link to your site. Please e-mail me at your convience to discuss the matter.
Thank you once again
Subj: About your site!
Date: 23/08/2002 09:11:53 GMT Daylight Time
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Hi! I'm sending this e-mail to you about your website. I am very happy about the site, really. I am a Wiccan, however I feel that your site, unlike many other anti-cult sites, is very non-judgemental towards Wiccanism. I worship a God too, though not from the same scriptures as you, and I feel like you respect that well. Too many Christians have pre-written views about Wiccans! I am very happy to see a site that acknowledges equality. And, I find your story and the other stories on your site to be very fascinating! I think that Christianity and Wicca have many of the same views- the main principle of Wicca is to be the best person that you can be by helping everyone around you, and I believe the same goes for Christians. That's mainly why, I suppose, that I'm happy to see Christians who respect other religions. We're all alive for eachother and for our God! Thank you for being so open-minded, and for showing others that judging is wrong.
Much love, and blessed be~
Date: 12/06/2002 23:01:59 GMT Daylight Time
Hello, I was just surfing along when I caught sight of your site. I was kinda curious and decided to check it out. I am a wicca. Interesting points. I could really see something in it, but at the same time really feel you may have lost the point. Not to be pushy or anything but I disagree with you. But I am in no way going to say you should not publish your option, I've learned alot about my religion from another stand-point and learned lots on how you view my religion. So, thanks for that.
Subj: Seven questions about Harry Potter
Date: 31/05/2002 17:29:05 GMT Daylight Time
I am currently putting some questions together for my son who is currently reading the Harry Potter books, and while searching the internet, came accross your site.
I have to say I am impressed. Most times when I have seen sites against a book, movie or the like, it is filled with hate, and often takes parts out of context. Yours did not.
The funny thing is, I agree with your concerns for a very different reason. You see, I am a Wiccan. My concern is that my son will think that what my religion teaches is the same as was in these books. So I make a big point of saying its all pretend. The fact is, that Wiccans are normally annoyed by people who approach us based upon what they read in a book or saw in a movie. My normal response is to gently correct the person and explain that what they saw or read was fiction.
From exploring your site, I know that you seem to believe that Wicca is not a religion, and that is your choice to believe that. I understand that your sites on converting others is motivated by love for them, and fear that their choices will lead them to Hell. I disagree with your beliefs. However, I do appreciate the professional way you approach the topic, always with respect for the individual. In fact, many of the criticisms mentioned in one article, I can wholeheartedly agree with! I could only hope that more Christians would approach others with the respect and thought that you (and others) have done through your site. I do believe that there are many in Wicca who would have stayed Christians if not for hypocrisy and "I'm better than you" attitudes that are sadly prevalent in many religions.
Date: 30/12/2001 17:51:46 GMT Standard Time
Thank you very much on your article on Paganism and Wicca. I myself, though young, had been involved in Wiccan practices, and Satan has tempted me sorely many times. I almost fell into this dark crevasse yet again, until I stumbled upon your article. I really liked the way that you stated the facts in a non-righteous manner and were fair to pagans and Wiccans. I have just one question though. Are some Wiccan practices still acceptable? I know that spells and such are frowned upon, but the naturistic aspects of it? Shamanism...Astrology? Is there such a thing as a Wiccistian? (Wiccan, Christian) Thank you again, and hope you can write back soon.