For background on my first impressions on this book and the author, check out these links from my archives:
Why Are We So Popular (09.08.2005)
Me And My Charms (09.20.2005)
“I wrote this book in order to foster better dialogue between Pagans and Christians.” – Catherine Edwards Sanders
Dialogue (from the Merriam-Webster dictionary)
1 : a written composition in which two or more characters are represented as conversing
2 a : a conversation between two or more persons; also : a similar exchange between a person and something else (as a computer) b : an exchange of ideas and opinions c : a discussion between representatives of parties to a conflict that is aimed at resolution
Catherine Edwards Sanders’ new book “Wicca’s Charm” succeeds as a dialogue between Christians and modern Pagans if you use the first definition (indeed, much of the book hinges on the conversations she has with Wiccans and Goddess worshippers) but fails, and is deeply flawed as a work that will heal rifts between conflicted parties, if you consider the second defintion. It is somewhat sad to see so earnest an author come so close to understanding our culture and ideas, but missing the mark. I have no quarrel with the author’s love of Christ, but her impression of our faith(s) is so removed from the context in which we understand them, that it is almost like reading about some alternate-reality version of Wicca. It makes me wonder if a full and rich dialogue about each other’s faith can ever be engaged between a modern Pagan and a Christian, even a Christian as liberal as Sanders.