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Witchcraft Goes Mainstream: Uncovering Its Alarming Impact on You and Your Family Paperback – September 1, 2004


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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736912215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736912211
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,733,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cameron B. Clark VINE VOICE on July 19, 2005
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This book is the best conservative Christian assessment of modern witchcraft on the market to date. It easily replaces, as a general assessment, Craig Hawkins's earlier book "Witchcraft - Exploring the World of Wicca" (1996) which, despite its flaws, does discuss areas not focused on by Alexander and is better than some of the newer books on the topic such as Tim Baker's shallow and unscholarly "Dewitched". Unlike Hawkins who tried to tie the biblical condemnation of "witchcraft" to all modern "witchcraft" practices today and blurred the distinction between witchcraft in general and Wicca in particular and sometimes confused them with Neo-Paganism in general, Alexander is more cautious and balanced. He shows that there are four main categories of witchcraft that must be distinguished: biblical, anthropological, historical, and modern religious.

Regarding biblical witchcraft, he admits that, in some cases, the Hebrew and Greek terms usually translated as "witch/witchcraft" and/or "sorcerer/sorcery" don't tell us what specific occult practice is identified so it is difficult to give a single, specific meaning to the term "witchcraft" as it is used in Scripture. He says there are eight references to witchcraft in the Bible, seven of which are in the Old Testament. The exact root of the Hebrew word mekashef is uncertain but is believed to come from a word meaning to cut or cut up, possibly referring to drugs or plants as sliced and shredded for a "magical brew". He notes that the "witch of Endor" (1 Samuel 28:3-19) was probably a necromancer or spirit medium, and the statement from 1 Samuel, "rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft" (15:23, KJV), involves the word qesem which, he says, "refers to some (unknown) form of divination.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By foreverknitefan on September 8, 2004
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The book is intended for Christian parents whose child may be interested in Wicca/Neopaganism, so I expected some bias towards the evangelical Christian perpective. I expected the usual Christian book attacking Wicca with misinformation, distortions and omissions of fact. I was pleasantly suprised when the author was mainly fair about the subject. I have read too many books with the same old lie of "Wicca is satanism" from this area of Christianity, so I had some reservations when reading this book.

Alexander does a basically good job of defining Wicca versus the other definitions of "witchcraft" and details some of how Wicca actually grew to what it is now. However I hesitate recommending this book to any parent who is concerned about their teenager who is into Neopaganism because Alexander does not really cover the actual beliefs in Wicca well and that at times his tone towards Neopaganism is that it is harmful to society and is anti-Christian, neither of which IMO is true. But then I am a Neopagan for over 20 yeas, so take that in mind as possibly my bias.

I am the first to say that some Wiccan books geared towards teens are crud, also that the "wicca" seen on Buffy and Charmed is fiction, not my religion. I also state that while I disagree with some aspects of Christianity I surely am NOT anti-Christian or hate Christianity. Alexander claims that people of my religion are anti-Christian,and some are, but some of his faith are anti-non-christian, even anti-Catholic. One of Alexander's claims ia that our civilization is in decay partly because people are rejecting Christainity and turning to Pagan faiths, and mentions how Rome was in decline. Ironic in that in Rome one of the "bad" new religions was Christianity.
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Brooks Alexander is one of the founders of the Spiritual Counterfeits Project (SCP), "an evangelical ministry and think tank that studies new religions and spiritual movements." He retired from active participation in SCP in 1998.

Here are some quotations from the book:

"On the West Coast, Witches did manage in 1975 to create the 'Covenant of the Goddess' (CoG)---an alliance of Witchcraft groups that has not only survived but gone on to become one of the prominent voices of Neopaganism in the United States. But CoG survived only because it AVOIDED definitions. After struggling with the issue, CoG decided that defining a Witch is an impossibility and declared that Witchcraft's unstructured individualism is in fact a virtue." (Pg. 36)
"(Robert) Graves's version of history and anthropology (in The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, Amended and Enlarged Edition) is not taken seriously by historians or anthropologists. His theories are a fanciful rearrangement of his own eccentric erudition, and they express his own spiritual yearnings more than they describe any historical realities." (Pg. 197)
"For many teens... the substance of Christian civilization is not being passed on, because the Christian story is not being coherently transmitted in their culture... The message that does come through loud and clear in teen culture, interestingly, is the message of popular Witchcraft. For the Spirit of the Age, it seems the channels are clear." (Pg. 250)
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