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Generation Hex: Understanding the Subtle Dangers of Wicca Paperback – August 8, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (August 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736924019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736924016
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,428,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John W. Morehead on August 21, 2008
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I have been interacting quite a bit with the Pagan community over the Internet in promotion of Beyond the Burning Times: A Pagan and Christian in Dialogue (Lion Hudson, 2008), and as a result, one of my Pagan contacts asked me if I was aware of a new book by Dillon Burroughs and Marla Alupoaicei titled Generation Hex: Understanding the Subtle Dangers of Wicca (Harvest House, 2008). I had not heard of the book previously, and after contacting Marla and the publisher they graciously sent a review copy.

Generation Hex is a volume addressed to an evangelical Christian audience, and it is divided into two main sections, the first addresses "What is Wicca?", and the second moves to a response with "What Should I Do About Wicca?". The first section of the book involves nine chapters that address why evangelicals should be concerned about Wicca, its popularity, its origins, teachings and practices, its concept of the divine, female involvement in Wicca, the story of a former Wiccan turned Christian, and its concern for the environment. The second part of the book includes six chapters and a frequently asked questions section.

This book incorporates several positive features, including the authors' interviews with Wiccans as part of the research process for the preparation of the book, a recognition that many Wiccans and other Pagans have had negative experiences with Christians and churches to which Christians should be sensitive and self-critical, and a desire to move beyond and correct stereotypes of Wicca perpetuated by Christians. Yet despite these commendable aspects I found several elements in the book problematic.
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I guess I'm still shaking my head over the authors' attack on Kristin Madden (Pagan Parenting and Pagan Homeschooling, both available here on Amazon). I really had to wonder if they read anything of these books or about the author of them beyond the cover blurbs.

Wicca, not to mention paganism, is such a big subject with so many viewpoints within it that I don't understand how Generation Hex can be considered well-researched when such a narrow view is presented. Other reviewers are correct--it misses the mark. And they probably don't even know how badly it's missed.
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For once, I'd like to see a book on alternative religions that doesn't aim to scare parents silly about the "dangers" posed to their children by a particular religion.
You know what's a danger to your kid? A drunk driver. A heroin addiction. Dropping out of school. Getting pregnant. Getting arrested and put in prison. Being killed.
You know what's not a danger to your kid? Having them be interested in or practice a different religion than the one you've raised them in, even if you don't like it.

I don't blame the authors for taking a topic and running with it - they could get a book contract with it, they had a pretty good spiel, I'm sure, there's an audience for this kind of thing absolutely panting for someone to tell them what to do with their rebellious teenager who's dying their hair black and saying "Merry Meet." It's obviously aimed at Evangelical Christians, who've separated the world into "us" and "them." In that mindset, a child leaving the fold and joining not only a different religion, but a PAGAN religion....well. It's terrifying, to say the least.
Unfortunately, this book does not give the advice that I would, which is "put on your big-parent panties and deal with it - the spiritual choices your child makes are something you have no control over, so nod politely and hope it's a phase." Instead, they devote pages and pages (and pages and PAGES) to portraying the AWFUL! DANGERS!! OF! WICCA!! as the worst thing that could happen to your formerly happily-Evangelical teen.

If becoming a Wiccan is the worst thing that your teenager does, let me tell you, get down on your knees and thank whatever God you believe in.
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At first glance the book , written from an evangelical Christian perspective, reads as fair and a balanced look at Wicca-- until it becomes obvious to the Pagan or other informed reader the agenda of the two authors is NOT about religious tolerance or defending the religious freedom of those they do not agree with. It's about converting through fake compassion and the usual condescension of Pagans being innocent naive pawns of Satan dancing their way into damnation. Among the usual predictable errors is the claim of worshipping the creation rather than the creator, the other faiths are bad imitations of the "real" faith and backing the fear-intolerance of Christian parents regarding their teen's interest in Wicca or other Pagan religions.

The research, such as it is, seems fragmentary. Issues that should be covered in detail are given a cursory description, followed by a weak excuse or dismissal.

This book is not as obviously bad as some Christian books on Wicca and the Craft I could list. But it isn't even an acceptable level of fair and honest. It serves to give the parent just enough facts on Wicca to not immediately have their prohibitions and fears blow up in their faces when they confront their teen, but omits telling the Christian parent enough so that the teenager can't fail to notice the distortions and reject the "concerned" parent, particularly after the mandatory book and objects destruction such parents tend to do to "cleanse" the home for their Abrahamic god.

The only reason books like this even have only partial info on Wicca is because Wicca is too widespread, too well known, for the old distortions, Christian lies and self righteous smugness to work on even n newbie Wiccans.
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