The Potterverse (was; DWJ in Israeli newspaper)
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Fri Feb 20 21:03:00 EST 2004
On Friday, February 20, 2004, at 03:46 PM, Roger Burton West wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 20, 2004 at 09:15:47PM -0000, Charles Butler wrote:
>> 3) The word 'witch' (or 'wizard') simply describes a certain innate
>> to do magic - like being double-jointed, and has nothing to do with
>> or affiliation at all.
> That's certainly the only approach one _can_ take if one's going to
> religion as simply "something that is there" and not to be looked into
> in any sort of detail.
> But taking JOdel's point and running with it, the fact that there _is_
> overlap between the (repeatably demonstrable) abilities of magicians
> the (may or may not be consistent depending on your world-view)
> claimed to have happened by many religions suggests that it's really
> going to be that simple. What if a competent magician has a Damascene
> revelation and decides to become an active Christian/etc.? What, for
> that matter, if a true-believing Muslim/etc. child is discovered to
> a talent for magic after that true belief is established? Are they just
> totally incompatible world-views, in which case we _are_ getting back
> Charlie's types 1 and 2, or is it more complex than that?
If religion and magic actually coexist in a world, then I would imagine
one could profess any religion and still do magic. That is to say,
be Muslim magicians and Christian magicians and Hindu magicians and
I'm not sure I see the problem. Certainly the definition of what
a 'miracle' would be different -- one would have to rule out a magical
[But if the Catholic Church had been dealing with this for two thousand
years, you can bet they'd have come up with some guidelines. ]
Has anybody else read the Lord D'Arcy stories?
- Treat the Earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents.
It was loaned to you by your children.
- Kenyan proverb
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