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MAGIC

Magic, like science and technology, has control of nature as a goal. Like Levi-Strauss, I see “magical rites & beliefs” as “expressions of an act of faith in a science yet to be born." Science recognizes the healing power of faith—whether in God / some god (perhaps one of many?), drug  (placebo?) or doctor seems not to matter—and is only beginning to explain it. Some attribute spirit communication skills, paranormal gifts, ability to right wrong relation-ship or put meaning in lives, to healers/ shamans/ witches / astrologers, etc— enhancing reputations / making believing easier!

BELIEF IN A PERSONAL GOD

I believe God is concerned with human beings personally.  I conceive of Him as a personal being (perhaps a father) with a personality. I value talking with God through introspection / praying.  I believe God listens to prayers and watches over us. I believe that, given His personal interest in the world and its people, He will intervene on behalf of worshippers (performing miracles, etc) or to reward / punish. Some conceive of God in terms of forgiveness and love, others in terms of vengeful, judgmental punishment.

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from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.

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