A proposed categorization of magical terminology

In an excellent essay entitled, “The New Old Paganism”, Ronald Hutton reviews the history of “magic” as a concept among academicians.  Starting with James Frazer, magic was defined in contradistinction to religion, the latter consisting of petitioning supernatural powers for favors and praising them, the former consisting of human manipulation of supernatural powers.  Later, Ruth [Read More...]

What do we mean by “magic”?

Magic is no instrument Magic is the end – Leonard Cohen The issue of magic came up in the comments following a recent post about being embarrassed by some parts of Paganism.  This is also a topic that Drew Jacob has taken up recenlty on his site Rogue Priest. Magic is a vague term that [Read More...]

Movies that are religious experiences, Part 2 (Solaris)

A little while ago, I posted about my favorite movie, The Fountain.  It is one of three of my all time favorite movies.  The second one is Solaris.  I first saw Solaris at the international film theater as an undergraduate.  It was the 1972 Russian version by Andrei Tarkovsky. I went right out at read [Read More...]


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