Thursday, July 9, 2015

Catholic Wiccan -- NOT!

"No, you can't be both."  One of the candidates in RCIA asked me if he could be a Catholic Wiccan.  The answer is "absolutely not!"  You can't even compare the two.  I think I'll make him a chart.

                      Wiccan                                                                                     Catholic
founded by Gerald Gardiner in the twentieth century-/-founded by Jesus Christ 2015 years ago
Human invention-/-                                                         divine revelation
worship creation and acknowledge a creator-/-  worship the Creator & are amazed by His creation
perhaps a revival of a Druid religion-/-       Jesus is a real historical figure
attracted to a belief system-/-                      in love with Jesus Christ
choose their beliefs -/-                             positive in their faith
free to change their beliefs to suit their lives -/- Catholics change their lives to suit their beliefs
to be Wiccan is the object of attention -/-  Catholics make God the center of attention
lives life on their own terms -/-           live by God's terms (commandments)
promises control over their environment -/-  God is in control
believe in magic*   -/-                                   believe in prayer*

*  Magic and prayer may seem alike, but Viva la difference!  The difference is that we ask God to hear our prayers. We pray for God's will in our lives and trust Him to bring good out of evil.  A wiccan prays for power to bring about his own will.
MEK drawing

Well!  I think this chart will bring about a good discussion.


1 comment:

David Roemer said...

Reasons to Believe in Jesus

Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook.

Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

Sartre speaks of the "passion of man," not the passion of Christians. He is acknowledging that all religions east and west believe there is a transcendental reality and that perfect fulfillment comes from being united with this reality after we die. He then defines this passion with a reference to Christian doctrine which means he is acknowledging the historical reasons for believing in Jesus. He does not deny God exists. He is only saying the concept of God is contradictory. He then admits that since life ends in the grave, it has no meaning.

From the title of the book, you can see that Nagel understands that humans are embodied sprits and that the humans soul is spiritual. He says, however, that dualism and idealism are "traditional" alternatives to materialism. Dualism and idealism are just bright ideas from Descartes and Berkeley. The traditional alternative to materialism is monism. According to Thomas Aquinas unity is the transcendental property of being. Campbell does not even grasp the concept of monism. The only theories he grasps are dualism and materialism.

If all atheists were like Sartre, it would be an obstacle to faith. An important reason to believe in Jesus is that practically all atheists are like Nagel and Campbell, not like Sartre.

by David Roemer

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