The vast majority of humans believe that magic is real, and even that they personally have some access to magic powers (either directly, or by way of a god or dead ancestor or spirit).
Some educated members of the magical thinking community do not like to admit that they believe in magic.
I think they are embarrassed by their own beliefs, but they do not want to actually give up believing in magic. And so when I say I don’t think it’s rational for them to believe in magic, they usually don’t even admit they believe in magic. Instead, they get all “offended” and avoid the issue, probably for the sake of their own ego. Their dance reminds me of Scientologist Tommy Davis’ act for getting out of the question, “Do you really believe in Xenu?”
But let’s face facts. Scientology doctrine affirms that Xenu was the dictator of a Galactic Confederacy. And Christian doctrine thoroughly affirms magic.
But, magical thinkers protest, they don’t really believe in magic. They believe in the supernatural.
Okay, let’s check the dictionary.
There are two major definitions for “magic.” One concerns magic as in religion and superstition. The other concerns magic as in entertainment: fun tricks of illusion. Obviously, I mean the former. So what is that definition of the word?
- The art that purports to control or forecast natural events, effects, or forces by invoking the supernatural.
- The practice of using charms, spells, or rituals to attempt to produce supernatural effects or control events in nature.
- The charms, spells, and rituals so used.
So do Christians, Muslims, Hindus, other religious believers,1 new agers, indigenous believers, and shamans believe in magic?
Yes. Yes they do.
Next, believers might argue that I just shouldn’t point out that they believe in magic, because it’s disrespectful to call a spade a spade.
Well, I simply disagree.
Believers: Jesus is magic. Have the balls to admit it.
- Excepting some forms of Buddhism, Jainism, and other minority sects. [↩]
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