The January 2001 edition of _The Atlantic Monthly_ contains a fascinating
article on the goddess movement.
Some interesting quotes:
_”Historically speaking, the ‘ancient’ rituals of the Goddess movement
are almost certainly bunk.”_
_”In all probability, not a single element of the Wiccan story is true.
The evidence is overwhelming that wicca is a distinctly new religion, a
1950’s concotion influenced by such things as Masonic ritual and late
nineteenth-century fascination with the esoteric and the occult.”_
_”Practicing Wicca is a way to have Christianity without, well, the
burdens of Christianity.”_
Unfortunately, the entire article is no longer posted on the Atlantic