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Beyond the Burning Times, Part Whatever

One reason my posts on this topic have been somewhat sparse (apart from the fact that I don’t update very often anyway) is that I was trying to find something positive to say about this book. The main thing that stands out after a couple of reads is the openness and clarity with which Gus DiZerega describes his beliefs. If this book accomplishes nothing else, it will have made it intellectually untenable for any Christian who reads it to claim that Wiccans, or other Pagans, are devil worshipping psychopaths. Of course, the sane Christians should have picked up on that by now anyway. Still, Beyond the Burning Times will probably be seen as a watershed book in terms of Christians actually knowing what it is Pagans believe in.

I only wish Philip Johnson had reciprocated in terms of openness as to agenda. He starts off well enough. His description of his spiritual praxis in the first discussion has a number of Pagan-esque overtones. There is talk of “in between zones” and a love of animals.

After that section, the honeymoon pretty much ends. It becomes fairly clear, if one has seen Witches Are Real People Too by Phil Wyman that Johnson is employing that document’s suggested tactics. That is, he’s using DiZerega’s beliefs as a way to argue the superiority of Christian doctrine. When he compares, it is never “oh, we look at it this way instead of that.” It’s “your heart is in the right place, but if we take this fringe interpretation of the Bible you can still almost believe that and be Christian.”

Read the original article at: Strange Onion Peelings

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