The Surprising Return of Witches

Witchcraft, in its modern feminist occult packaging, seems to be a misguided response to the profound questions that dog our age. It’s the wrong answer to the right question.

Suppose, my dear Chadd, suppose it is we who are the idiots because we are not afraid of devils in the dark? —G.K. Chesterton

The ever-swirling winds of doctrinal fads over the past century have seen millions worshiping at the altars of Marxism, nationalism, theism, atheism and libertinism. But none of these trends are more improbable than the trek of so many in our modern age from secular materialism to wicca and witchcraft.

Witchcraft, which the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls “gravely contrary to the virtue of religion,” has existed for centuries. This resurgence of interest in the occult and witchcraft should, of course, concern Christians, but this modern trend should also concern secular materialists as many are reaching out to this neo-paganism in order to fill a deep need that secular materialism is simply unable to fill. Witchcraft, in its modern feminist occult packaging, seems to be a misguided answer to very profound questions that dog our age. In short, it is the wrong answer to the right questions.

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