From the segment on Wicca
on the most recent episode of PBS
' news show
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
MARCIA MONTENEGRO (Christian Answers for the New Age): All sorcery, or all manipulation of energy to bring about
a desired end, which is basically casting spells, is condemned by God. It is all
bad, it's wrong. You are seeking to manipulate energy or power that is the province
(from a transcript at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week442/cover.html)
You know, perhaps they're right. There's a group of people all over this nation that
to get a desired result. They have
(s), but really have no leader. They often argue that the
of them is incorrect. They study hidden knowledge
, and say that
not everyone might understand it. Their books are filled with obscure symbols
and their discussions are difficult to follow. It is possible to find teachers
almost all over the world. Who is group? Engineer
s, who apply science
to produce a desired result, often
by the manipulation and transformation of energy.
If I stopped here, you might think this was a simple screed against Christianity. But that really isn't my point.
My point is that people don't think about what they are saying. Given that she was filmed in a lighted
room and did not appear to be Amish in dress, I find it hard to believe that Ms. Montenegro does without electricity.
But every time she flips a light switch, she is calling forth energy to illuminate for her. I suppose she could have said
"all magical manipulation of energy", but even that is hard to nail down. She likely would have been
better off removing the "manipulation of energy" bit. At least, her meaning would still be clear; I feel it would
be clearer since I consider engineering a form of magic (Crowley, after all, described it as "The Art and Science of making changes to reality in conformance with Will").
Disclaimer: I know that not all those who call themselves Christian would agree with the statement
I'm picking at, or (more likely) my interpretation of it.