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Christianity versus Wicca comparison chart
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Place of worship Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings. Altars, covens, outside in nature, in your home, in your car, anywhere really
Place of origin Roman province of Judea. England
Practices Prayer, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion. Prayer, witchcraft, devotion, invocation, blessings, healing, casting circle, etc
Life after death Eternity in Heaven or Hell, in some cases temporal Purgatory. Reincarnation, often with a rest period in the Summerland.
Founder The Lord Jesus Christ. Wicca was made public by Gerald Gardner with some historians concluding it was mostly his creation and others feeling it may have existed as early as the 1800's. Some traditions claim distinct lineage such as Cochranian and Alexandrian.
Clergy Priests, bishops, ministers, monks, and nuns. Priests and Priestesses, Lords, Ladies, witches (respectively).
Belief of God One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Trinity. Belief of The Gods and Goddesses.
Literal Meaning Follower Of Christ. Wic·ca - from Old English Wica. Wise
Scriptures The Holy Bible Traditions usually keep a Book of Shadows which contains rituals and practices common to that group, though it may change over time. Similar liturgy and ritual structure exists, but is not derived from a single, universally recognized source.
Goal of religion To love God and obey his commandments while creating a relationship with Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel so that others may also be saved. To honor the ancient Gods and Goddess, and respect the cycles of life. To better yourself.
About Christianity broadly consists of individuals who believe in the deity Jesus Christ. Its followers, called Christians, often believe Christ is "the Son" of the Holy Trinity and walked the earth as the incarnate form of God ("the Father"). Largest of the Neopagan religions. Great reverence for the Earth & for their Goddess & her consort, the horned God. Wiccan Rede: forbids them from harming people, including themselves, except in some cases of self-defense.
Geographical distribution and predominance As the largest religion in the world, Christianity has adherents are all over the world. As a % of local population, Christians are in a majority in Europe, North and South America, and Australia and New Zealand. Primarily English speaking parts of Europe, North American and Australia with some communities in France, Germany, etc.
Holy days/Official Holidays The Lord's Day; Advent, Christmas; New Year, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, every day is dedicated to a Saint. Sabbats, Esbats.
Use of statues and pictures In Catholic & Orthodox Churches. Common, but not universal. When used, they are prominently placed on the practitioner's alter.
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth, through God. N/A, closest comparison would be the Sabbat of Yule, when the God is born unto the Goddess.
Marriage A Holy Sacrament. While all people have different views, same sex marriage is just as acceptable as heterosexual marriages. The ritual of Hand Fasting is usually used.
Rites Seven sacraments: Baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, matrimony (Catholic and Orthodox). Anglicans: Baptism and Eucharist. Other denominations: Baptism and communion. Initiation, Hand Fasting, Healing, Ritual.
View of the Buddha N/A. Buddha achieved enlightenment and therefore is someone to imitate.... though as always, depends on who you talk to. While some minimal Buddhist influence may be present, Buddha himself is rarely worshiped.
Branches Roman Catholics, independent Catholics, Protestants (Anglicans, Lutherans etc.), Orthodox (Greek orthodox, Russian orthodox), Mormons. Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Elijan, Dianic, Druidic, Celtic, Nordic, Eclectic, Stregheria, Faerie (Fae), Georgian, Y Tylwyth Teg, American Welsh, Blue Star, Ceremonial, Odyssean, Shamanic Witchcraft, etc.
Human Nature Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of sin. By knowing right and wrong Christians choose their actions. Humans are a fallen, broken race in need of salvation and repair by God. Some may say that the Divine (God or Goddess) is within each of us, others may argue. It depends on who you ask.
Means of Salvation Through Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection. N/A
Ressurection of Jesus Affirmed. N/A, Easter is comparable to the Sabbat Ostara, which celebrates the rejuvenation of the harvest, the beginning of spring. Fertility.
Views on the afterlife Eternity in Heaven or Hell; some believe in temporal suffering in Purgatory, before admittance into Heaven. (varies) Reincarnation till one reaches the Summerland.
Belief The Nicene Creed sums up Christian belief in the Holy Trinity. varies depending on the Path and individual, however strong emphasis on nature, the Moon, Sun and Stars, the divine spark found in all things... etc
Holy Days Christmas (celebration of the birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus), Lent (Catholicism), saints' feast days. Sabbats, 8 celebrations falling on the Equinoxes, Solstices, and points immediately between them (cross-quarter days). Esbats are celebrated monthly in honor of the cycles of the moon.
God's role in salvation Humans cannot save themselves or ascend on their own to a higher level. Only God is good and therefore only God is able to save a person. Jesus came down from Heaven to save mankind. N/A
Place and Time of origin Jerusalem, approx. 33 AD. England 1950 (According to records)
Confessing sins Protestants confess straight to God, Catholic confess mortal sins to a Priest, and venial sins straight to God (Orthodox have similar practice) Anglicans confess to Priests but considered optional. God always forgives sins in Jesus. N/A
Death of Jesus Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return. N/A
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of No. N/A
Second coming of Jesus Affirmed. N/A
Identity of Jesus The Son Of God. N/A
Original Language Aramaic, Greek, and Latin Primarily English with occasional inclusions of local languages related to specific deities and magical languages from western mystery traditions. Some covens in non-English speaking countries speak their local languages.
Prophets Prophets in the Bible are venerated. Wiccans view their faith as one of experience versus revelation. While much reverence is given to Crones (elder women) and Sages (elder men) as well as to various prominent leaders, none are recognized as prophetic authorities over the practitioner.
Promised Holy one. Second Coming of Christ As some might say, we are the Holy Ones
Views on other religion Christianity is the True Faith. View all religions positively. Some may have a negative disposition toward faiths with dogmatic views and rigid scripture, though that is a personal thing, not a part of the religion.
Day of worship Sunday, the Lord's Day. Depending on the individual: everyday, just on Sabbats and/or Esbats, varies.
View of Animistic religions Paganism is Heathenism. Witchcraft is communication and interaction with demons, fallen evil angelic beings. These have no real interest ultimately, in helping their worshipers. Demonic possession is common. Practitioners typically follow specific deities over others.
Original Language(s) Aramaic, Greek, and Latin. English
Use of Statues Varies by denomination. Not used in Protestant denominations; icons are used in Catholic & Orthodox denominations. Very common
Abrahamic Lineage Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. N/A
Authority of Dalai Lama N/A. N/A
Population Over two billion adherents worldwide. The number of practicing Wiccans has been estimated between tens of thousands on up to several hundred thousand.
Followers Christian (followers of Christ) Wiccan
Religious Law Varies among denominations. Has existed among Catholics in the form of canon law. Three Fold Law.
Offshoot religions Rastafarianism, Universalism, Deism, Masonry and Mormonism. Wiccans have inspired others resurrect ancient pagan religions, such as Druidism, etc.
Status of Muhammad N/A. N/A.
View of other Abrahamic religions Judaism is regarded as a True religion but incomplete (without Gospel, and Messiah) Islam is regarded as a false religion, Christianity does not accept the Qur'an as true. N/A, Wiccans believe that everyone has their own path.
View of other Dharmic religions N/A Belief in everyone's right to their own path.
Original Languages Aramaic, Common (Koine) Greek, Hebrew. English
Authority of Pope Leader and overseer of the Catholic Church. his authority is completely rejected by Protestants, and is viewed by Orthodox as first among equals. Orthodox and Protestants reject Papal infallibility and Papal supremacy. N/A
Resurrection of Jesus Affirmed N/A
Position of Mary Mother Of Jesus. Revered in all denominations. Degree of reverence varies from denomination. N/A
Belief of deities One God three forms: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Commonly, a God and Goddess, which may be thought of as specific Gods and Goddesses from many cultures, or as two parts, of one Eternal Life Force
Names of God God, Gud, Gott, Deo, Dios. Jehovah, YHWH, Eli Elohim, Allah, (depending on language Christians are of every language and culture around the world) Pan, Herne, etc.
View of God One Trinity God, Who Is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God and Goddess. The Goddess is commonly viewed as a triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, and Crone), who are represented by the three basic moon phases (waxing crescent, full moon, waning crescent)
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel Affirmed, in Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, & Anglican(Episcopalian)Christianity; most Protestants do not. N/A
Prophet Moses, Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, etc., as well as both Johns in the New Testament too. N/A
Use of statues, images some denominations regard It as forbidden and Idolatry. Anglicans and Lutherans allow pictures but forbid venerating them. Catholics encourage pictures and statues and venerate them. Orthodox encourage pictures and venerate them. Permitted.
Related Religions Islam, Judaism, Baha'i faith Other modern neopagan or new age religions. This is in contrast to reconstructionist pagan traditions, which are rooted in historical practice.
Position of Abraham Father of the faithful. N/A.
Marriage and Divorce Explained by Jesus in Mathew 19:3-9 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Therefore what God has put together let man not seperate.' Hand Fasting
Saints Catholics and Orthodox venerate very Holy people as Saints. Most Protestants do not do this, however they do look at them as inspirational figures. Goddesses and Gods
Purgatory Believed in by various denominations. It is debated in Christianity. N/A

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