Just adding LA...
This is what Wiccan groups clasify Wicca and Witchcraft, as a difference...
One can be a Witch, without being a Wiccan, just as a person can be a Christian, without being a Baptist. Wicca is a recognized religion, while Witchcraft itself is not considered a religion. Thus, Wicca might best be described as a modern religion, based on ancient Witchcraft traditions.
To begin, the medieval church of the 15th through 18th centuries created these myths to convert the followers of the old nature based religions to the churches way of thinking. By making the Witch into a diabolical character and turning the old religious deities into devils and demons
, the missionaries were able to attach fear to these beliefs which aided in the conversion process. Secondly, as medical science began to surface, the men who were engaged in these initial studies had a very poor understanding of female physiology, especially in the area of a women's monthly cycles. The unknowns in this area played very well with the early churches agenda lending credence to the Witch Hunters claims and authority. The fledgling medical professions also stood to benefit greatly from this because it took the power of the women healers
away giving it to the male physicians transferring the respect and power to them.
From 1960 onwards apparently, a new Religion started although wouldn't this be the evil Warlocks ?
Despite heavy criticism from other religious groups, there are signs that Satanistic beliefs have become more socially tolerated. Satanism is now allowed in the Royal Navy of the British Armed Forces, despite much opposition from Christians, and, in 2005, the Supreme Court of the United States debated over protecting the religious rights of prison inmates after a lawsuit challenging the issue was filed to them.
This is too wide spread RL. Typically, it is my understanding that yet again, Man, has decided what a Witch is for his own benefit.. Most of those "witches" back then practised in good medicine and apparently cured some people. I love Chinese medicine for that reason, yet the Chinese I believe are facsinating with their herbal remedies and the likes..
Just like Man, there is good and evil, tendencies in the usage of the word. Same beliefs are had with "Witches".. Black and White, yet in life nothing is so.. I think Wiccans worship the Earth and all that is in it, on it.. They conduct rituals but only for good.. I suspect they would be called "White Witches"
Any person who believes in Satan and his/ religion whom practices any form of Witchcraft is basically what you see on TV or the Cinemas, the "evil" side... And those worshipers do follow a Religion. Satan. They believe they go to Hell. Imagine all these doods, murdering, raping, going to jaol for life, saying well I follow Satan, that is my religion so I am allowed to do all of this, I am going to Hell ....Sheez.
It makes sense that Wicca is deemed to be a religion, as they follow Mother Nature and all that it entails. Christians follow some God and all that he is. Witchcraft good or bad is not a religion, it is a practice being followed what each individual "witch" believes in, is a different story.
So, I do not believe Religion is a type of Witchcraft or that Witchcraft is a type of Religion.. Because religion is a faith of a God. Witches / Wiccans / Witchcraft/ has nothing to do with a God.