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It seems that in todays society new religions and practices are popping up all over the place One of the oldest yet fastest growing faiths today is witchcraft This earth-based nature oriented belief has been established since the thirteenth century but it is not until recently that it has began to spread across the world Everywhere we look we see something associated with the practice of wicca The new movie release Blair Witch Project for instance is a good example of the growing belief in spells charms and covens However there are many people who disapprove of this practice and are labeling it as a false religion Christians for example greatly disagree with the belief of witchcraft and find it in association with the devil Today there is considerable debate as to whether witchcraft in todays society is simply a harmless religion or if it is an evil practice in league with Satan Before anyone can speak their opinion on the practice of witchcraft one must know a little bit about the religion itself There are many different definitions of witchcraft In Websters Dictionary it defines witchcraft as The Christian definition of witchcraft is simply devil-worship or just plain sin However the secular definition is somewhere along the lines of cool trendy and new Although these are the main meanings of the term witch craft there are also some other definitions within different cultures such as Indian medicine men also known as witch doctors who are believed to have magical powers that can heal the sick Different time periods and religions also alter the meaning of witch or witchcraft The history of witchcraft dates back all the way to the thirteenth century During the 13th and 14th centuries witchcraft was considered to only be harmless magic However in the 16th century witches were condemned and tortured Later during the 17th century witch hunts and trials died off along with the
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