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wee survey

Posted by porknbeans on 2006.07.19 at 11:20
I found this little survey (from here) fun to respond to, so I thought I'd repost it here and see your answers.



1. Do the God and Goddesses of Wicca actually exist?

2. If they actually exist, how do you know they exist?

3. If you're tradition contradicts the tradition of another Wiccan, can they both be objectively true?

4. How do you feel about believe in the religion to you desires? (edited to add:  I have no idea what she meant by this)

5. If you cater/ construct your religion according to our desires, then isn't it nothing more than your own invention?

6. Is Wicca able to be shown to be fasle or is  it all non-verifiable ideas?

7. If your spells and incantation produce results, how do you know that the power behind the results is good or not?

8. How do you know that there isn't something more sinister behind Wicca? (edited to change "is" to "isn't")

9. Why do you think that rituals dealing with candles, knives, and such are able to affect nature?



My answers are in a reply.


Comments:


the traveller
porknbeans at 2006-07-19 04:23 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not a Wiccan, but it's something I'm interested in and reading about, so I'll take on your survey.

1. The Goddess and God exist.

2. I can only say they exist because I believe they do. If you're looking for scientific proof, look elsewhere. This is a religion, not a science class. Nobody can *proove* their deity exists, just as nobody can prove they don't (mostly because you can't prove a negative, but that's for another time).

3. Conflicting with another tradition - since they're both matters of faith, they can both be true. Truth is what we believe it is, at least in this point in time it is. I don't think we humans are evolved (enlightened?) enough to see The Truth as to what the gods and goddesses are, completely.

4. I don't understand this question, from a grammatical standpoint.

5. "Inventing" your own religion - most Wiccans don't do this, they belong to a faith called Wicca which they themselves didn't "make up". And what's wrong with inventing your own religion? For one thing, that's how some religions get started (and they all have to start somewhere) and for another, if you have personal contact with a deity, and a personal relationship with said deity, wouldn't it be wrong to ignore that and adhere to some other religion simply because someone *else* made it up?

6. All religion is non-verifiable. It's made up of someone's (or a lot of people's) personal experiences and beliefs. Again, it's not a scientific experiement you can re-create and therefore verify.

7. What does it matter of the power, or energy, is "good"? Energy is inherently moral-less. It cannot be defined as good or evil. Electricity can be used to power the defibulator that saves someone's life, and it can be used in the electric chair to kill someone. It can be used to boil water, killing bacteria and viruses and the like, but making the water clean so people can drink it. Is the electricity good or evil for doing this?

8. I'm going to assume you mean "how do you know there *isn't* something more sinister behind Wicca?" and your question had a typo. If you're talking about Wicca being evil in and of itself, no I don't believe there's sinister workings behind it. I think it's a morally decent religion, full of good ideas.

9. Rituals involving what some see to be harmless inanimate objects can influence nature. It's all about energy, which you cannot see with your eyes (usually). After all, a quartz crystal looks like a boring old rock, but it sends out a stream of electrons so steadily that people have been using quartz crystals to power clocks. Does your watch say "quartz" on the face? Absolutely I believe spells and rituals work, if done correctly.
stark404
stark404 at 2006-07-19 13:09 (UTC) (Link)
1. Do the God and Goddesses of Wicca actually exist?

As actual, sentient energy forms? My vote is "maybe." I'm not completely sold yet.


2. If they actually exist, how do you know they exist?

To know something exists, I would have to have some form of appropriate communication with it. There has to be some kind of recognizable interaction.


3. If your tradition contradicts the tradition of another Wiccan, can they both be objectively true?

You could ask the same thing of any two members of opposing Christian beliefs. My answer would be, there is a Truth out there, but we can't both be right if we are that diametrically opposed.


4. How do you feel about believe in the religion to you desires? (edited to add: I have no idea what she meant by this)
Question unclear, no intelligent response possible.


5. If you cater/ construct your religion according to our desires, then isn't it nothing more than your own invention?
That's always the risk. Faith is unproveable. Nevertheless, I feel that it's important to have a faith that you have studied and tried, for yourself, and not to just take things others tell you at face value. Just because "that's the way my grandaddy did it" doesn't mean it's true or right. "Sincere" can be sincerely wrong.


6. Is Wicca able to be shown to be false or is it all non-verifiable ideas?

That's with any religion. It's too subjective.


7. If your spells and incantation produce results, how do you know that the power behind the results is good or not?

This is always a big question. First, my counter question would be, why would anyone meddle with something if they are not ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN of its benignity? Secondly, my response is, that's why I don't do spells and incantations right now, because I'm not sure what I'm working with yet.


8. How do you know that there isn't something more sinister behind Wicca? (edited to change "is" to "isn't")

If there's any question, then why would a person even be involved with Wicca?


9. Why do you think that rituals dealing with candles, knives, and such are able to affect nature?

It's all in the intent, isn't it? The symbols mean something to the practitioner.
the traveller
porknbeans at 2006-07-20 14:33 (UTC) (Link)
To know something exists, I would have to have some form of appropriate communication with it. There has to be some kind of recognizable interaction.

Intruiging response...worth mulling over.
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