Sunday, December 30, 2012

"As the customary distinctions between religion and magic confronted strong evidence, scholars have been forced to rethink the relationship between religion and magic....Some religions, by emphasizing miracles and rituals, tend to be magical in style, and others that downplay such beliefs and practices tend not to be magical in style. One of these religious styles is not better than the other, just different. These two religious styles, the magical and non-magical, are a matter of degree. No religion, for example, is completely devoid of magic-like ritual activity."
Gary E. Kessler
Studying Religion: An Introduction Through Cases (2nd ed.)

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