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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (August 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080105382X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801053825
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,917,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig S. Hawkins is the founder and president of Apologetics Information Ministry. He has hosted radio call-in and interview programs and cohosted The Bible Answer Man. He teaches apologetics at Simon Greenleaf School of Law in Anaheim, California.

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book should be on every Pagan's bookshelf. Not only does it clearly and directly state the standard Christian objections to the NeoPagan movement, it can also help Pagans understand more precisely just what the misconceptions commonly held about our religion are, and their historical and philosophical background. NOT just another "occult-buster" this is a first-class reference for any Pagan who ever has to face and answer "hard questions," from Christian neighbors or family members.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By StalkingGhostBear on September 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a book that all Pagans should read, not because it is insightful or well balanced but because it is necessary for Pagans to understand what Christians think about their religion and the attack on ones religious beliefs Christians will make. I will be the first to say that it is a difficult book to read. Many pagans are either infuriated or amused at the strange notions about our religion the Mr. Hawkins has.
Because Pagans are generally tolerant of other religions we are often blindsided by well intentioned though misinformed individuals who feels the need to change our religion to theirs their religion for their own good. This book provides some small insight into the Christian mind and worldview and offers some hint as to just why Christians use the arguments they use against other religions.
Does Mr. Hawkins provide a clear accurate picture of the Neopagan religion? Well...not really. The description of Wicca is drawn entirely from readings form popular text on the subject. Recognize that popular does not mean either good or accurate. Mr. Hawkins quotes liberally from a number of texts on Wicca, Witchcraft and the New Age but he misses an essential element. While Mr. Hawkins has read extensively it is painfully obvious that he did not actually talk to Witches and Pagans about their religion. If he has had conversations with experienced and educated members of the Neopagan religions he has apparently only made attempts to convert these individuals but not actually to learn from them.
The third section of the book, "Philosophical Critiques of Witchcraft" is the most interesting. Mr. Hawkins attempts to makes four points
1. the Bible condemns witchcraft and the occult
2. the Wiccan worldview is obviously false
3.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cameron B. Clark VINE VOICE on December 14, 2000
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The book is divided into three parts with nine chapters as follows: PART I: The Contemporary World of Witchcraft {1 - The Contemporary Craft: A Relativistic Religion, 2 - Convictions of the Contemporary Craft: How Witches View Deities, Death, and Life, 3 - Setting the Stage: The Theoretical Framework for the Practices of Witchcraft, 4 - How Does the Witches' World Work? The Structure and Practices of Witchcraft}, PART II: The Biblical View of Contemporary Witchcraft {5 - The Word of God: What the Bible Says about Witchcraft, 6 - True Teachings? A Biblical Critique of Witches' Views}, and PART III: Philosophical Critiques of Witchcraft {7 - The Question of Truth: An Epistemological Critique of Witchcraft, 8 - The Problem of Evil: An Ethical Evaluation of Witchcraft, 9 - Conclusion}.
Part I is broad in nature and attempts to define witchcraft within the neo-pagan context by reference to many non-Christian authors of neo-pagan and witchcraft books. Apart from input from the neo-pagan community and extensive personal reading of their books, it is difficult to ascertain whether Hawkins has accurately represented them in general, so I appreciated the earlier reviews by neo-pagans. Although I am far from well-read on the subject, what I have read seems accurately reflected in Part I (e.g., Bonewits' Real Magic, Weinstein's Positive Magic, Curott's Book of Shadows, Amber K's True Magick, Starhawk's Spiral Dance, Adler's Drawing Down the Moon - These are just some of the books I own. One video I own is "The Occult Experience"). One minor problem I noticed is Hawkins' use of the term "occult".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
yet another book based on half-truths and misunderstanding...though admiditly better researched than most...

and just for anyone out there considering this book as a way to "dialogue" with the Pagains for the purpose of "evangelizing"...most pagans and Wiccans cosider any form of prostelyzation to be the height of rudeness and inconsiderate, disrespectful behavior.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurel on February 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I really liked the first chapters of this book, but It kept saying in the later chapters that niether is our religion not a religion but "not a viable way of life." Otherwise, its an insightfull look at what most xians see in us. why they might be angry at us. I learned a lot from this. And, Craig S. Hawkins? Wicca is a religion, a way of life and a viable one.
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