- Jan 7, 2006
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Mububban said:As far as I know, Wicca's "dogma" pretty much revolves around "be nice to people or the universe will kick your ass."
Yea, but it's no different than the dogma in religions like Christianity, just replace the universe part with god- "Be nice to others or God will kick your a**".
Mububban said:There's nothing in it that says "Hate non-believers, stone gay people to death, convert people who don't believe by force" etc.
God never said to "hate non-believer" cause that would be judging, which we are told not to do. Remember, man is the one who stoned people, "ye who is without sin cast the first stone" is what Jesus said, right?
Mububban said:Possibly what Doloniel meant is that Wicca doesn't seem to have the militaristic aspect that many religions have buried in them somewhere.
If you were referring to some Muslim beliefs then I’d agree with you. But I don’t recall Jesus (who came to point out brutality) ever forcing his beliefs upon anyone, it was rather the other way, hence his crucifixion.
I believe that Pagan beliefs (like Wicca) are no less dogmatic than your major religions. Dogma is beliefs/teachings that are believed to be essential to life. It is a doctrine (set of beliefs) that is claimed to be true within groups, whether it be written or unwritten.
Wiccans---- spells, magik/magic, karma, 3 fold, spirits, mother earth, God/dess, herbalism, rituals, symbolism, charms, energies, EST. (hmmm…Looks like a set/doctrine to me)
Bible goers and organized religions---- Heaven, hell, the bible, prayer, holy water, sacrament, exorcists, baptism, resurrection, reincarnation, EST. (Also looks like a set/doctrine to me)
In reality, we all have our own set of beliefs and/or superstitions. It only becomes dogma when we state it as fact or preach it to others.
P.S. Dogma is dogma, no matter how much you sugar coat it.