Oct 11, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
According to a recent Quartz article, America’s population of self-described witches, Wiccans, and pagans now outnumbers its population of Presbyterian Christians in the PCUSA.
The rise in concrete numbers no doubt correlates with the continual normalization of paganism, witchcraft, and spiritualism in mainstream culture and the affinity young people have long had for “witch aesthetic.”
“From 1990 to 2008, Trinity College in Connecticut ran three large, detailed religion surveys,” Quartz reported. “Those have shown that Wicca grew tremendously over this period. From an estimated 8,000 Wiccans in 1990, they found there were about 340,000 practitioners in 2008. They also estimated there were around 340,000 Pagans in 2008.”
In the current decade, the Pew Research Center pinned down a startlingly high number with a 2014 study which discovered that approximately 1 to 1.5 million Americans (roughly .4% of the population) identify as Wiccan or Pagan, and their numbers continue to climb.
“As mainline Protestantism continues its devolution, the U.S. witch population is rising astronomically,” Radio host and author Carmen LaBerge noted on Twitter. “There may now be more Americans who identify as practicing witches, 1.5 mil, than there are members of mainline Presbyterianism (PCUSA) 1.4 mil.”
“It makes sense that witchcraft and the occult would rise as society becomes increasingly postmodern. The rejection of Christianity has left a void that people, as inherently spiritual beings, will seek to fill,” said author Julie Roys, formerly of Moody Radio, according to The Christian Post.
“Plus, Wicca has effectively repackaged witchcraft for millennial consumption. No longer is witchcraft and paganism satanic and demonic,” Roys said, “it’s a ‘pre-Christian tradition’ that promotes ‘free thought’ and ‘understanding of earth and nature.'”
As American generations continue their downward trend of illiteracy, if not outright rejection, of the Bible, they become all the more susceptible to spiritual deception. “It’s tragic,” Roys concluded, “and a reminder of how badly we need spiritual revival in this country, and also that ‘our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world.'”