Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What Comes Around...

'Earth worship' on the rise among evangelical youth

Crouse cites an article in Religion Journal which said youth pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention were worried about large numbers of evangelicals taking part in Wicca, a religion that involves nature worship, stresses moral autonomy, and includes remedies and spells -- beliefs that Crouse points out are distinctly different from orthodox Christianity, not to mention incompatible with the Bible.

Nearly Half of Americans Left Their Childhood Faith

The U.S. religious marketplace is extremely volatile, with nearly half of American adults leaving the faith tradition of their upbringing to either switch allegiances or abandon religious affiliation altogether, a new survey finds.


  1. I read this blog for amusement, as it is very enlightening, but the religious side is hard to grasp for me as I live in Sweden.

    I mean no one in their right mind would believe that the Babtist Church would convert to Wiccans, now would you. And worship the god of the hunt, the Solar god.

    But what are these gods all representations of if not of the spiritual archetypes, that are very similar in all ancient religions to the ones that are still in place in one form or another depending on where you live.

    The wiccans also worship the Mother, and Christians worship the Virgin Mary.

    What is more important to remember is that the old testament was written in Hebrew, and there is some errors in the translation still there. For example if you look up the word that is tranlated to sorcerer in Exodus 22, v.17 in modern versions of the Bible, you will see that in the Hebrew meaning it refers not so much to a sorceress as to a poisoner. (Modern Magick by M. Donald Kraig)

    That phrase has been quite damaging otherwise, and if it was put there with purpose, it was evil indeed: "Though shalt not suffer a witch to live."

  2. Hi Per-

    What my international readers should understand is that most people commonly think of as the Religious Right was primarily a political project initiated and funded by elements within the Republican Party apparatus. Now that the party itself is falling apart, so too is the Religious Right. The same exact thing happened with the so-called mainline churches, which were funded by the old Eastern establishment. I'd predict in five years the movement will be in ruins and all the big GOP financiers will have completely pulled the plug by then. The movement is no longer useful to its paymasters.

  3. and what of the "true" believers? Abandoned,, that sounds like a whole lot of ugly coming after somebody...poor saps.

  4. Well, as I alluded to in a previous post, GOP Senator Charles Grassley has been sicked on the megachurches over their tax frauds and there've been no shortage of scandals with individual megaministers. Now, we're seeing the proof that all of this "explosive growth" was largely an illusion. What you had was consolidation and people leaving the tired old mainline churches to listen to Britney Spears-type music in Soviet looking megachurch auditoriums. The only growth was in birthrates, but all of those kids are drifting away from the big churches. This has been going on for a few years.

  5. you wouldn't know it though...Jesus seems as popular as ever around here. Especially with the college aged kids???