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Marcia Lee Jones
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Children's lives should always be filled with magic.
Magic is practiced in many cultures, and attempts to understand, experience and influence the world in a manner akin to that of religion. The concept of magic as a separate category to that of religion first appeared in Judaism, which derided as magic the practices of pagan worship designed to appease and receive benefits from gods other than Jehovah. Hanegraaff further argues that magic is in fact "...a largely polemical concept that has been used by various religious interest groups either to describe their own religious beliefs and practices or - more frequently - to descredit those of others" Magic is often viewed with suspicion by the wider community, and is sometimes practiced in isolation and secrecy.
The belief in and the practice of magic has been present since the earliest human cultures and continues to have an important religious and medicinal role in many cultures today.
"Magic is central not only in 'primitive' societies but in 'high cultural' societies as well..."
Modern Western magicians generally state magic's primary purpose to be personal spiritual growth. Modern perspectives on the theory of magic broadly follow two major views. The first sees magic as a result of a universal sympathy within the universe, where if something is done here a result happens somewhere else. The other view sees magic as a collaboration with spirits who cause the effect.
Magic, today, is most often relegated to works of fiction, as there is no scientific evidence that magical rituals grant any supernatural powers to the practitioner, beyond psychosomatic effects, though this does not stop many modern religious groups from fearing magic and even persecuting its practitioners.
July 7th, 2013
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