Saturday, November 03, 2007

Magic vs Religious Ceremony

This is a spin-off of the Medieval Spells thread.

Quote from: Star on Today at 01:08:25 pm:
You can find correlations and things that look similar to magic, but I find it a little offensive to insist that it's "really" magic even though they don't believe it is. (And just because it looks similar doesn't mean it's the same thing anyway, really.) Sort of along the same lines as fundies telling us that we "really" worship Satan, you know? If we don't want them redefining our religions for us, I think we ought to offer the same respect in return.
Okay, so what is the difference? I am asking this with no biases - can a religious Ceremony, even something so common and basic as Baptism or Communion qualify as Magic? If so, why? If not, why not?

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