Theology’s Failure, Astrology’s Gain

Many religious scholars, especially in the Christian world, want to maintain a clear distance between our theology of the supernatural … Continued

Many religious scholars, especially in the Christian world, want to maintain
a clear distance between our theology of the supernatural and the popular
religious interests in the paranormal. And there clearly is a huge gap
between the Jewish and Christian belief in a sovereign God whose ways are
above our ways and a dabbling in magical means of making things happen.

But this kind of theological critique often ignores the real-life worries
that sometimes draw people into astrology, seances and the like. Our “high”
theologies often are rather inadequate for helping ordinary folks deal with
very basic issues that preoccupy them (and us!): problems in our intimate
relations, financial woes, complex health concerns. When the scholarly
community fails to find ways to provide practical guidance for those sorts
of issues, we should not complain if people turn in desperation to charts,
incantations and fortune telling.

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  • TJ

    Our panelist writes: “Many religious scholars, especially in the Christian world, want to maintainGiven the prevalence of amulets, talismans, incantations, and all manner of magical foo foo in Christianity, that can’t come as much of a surprise to anyone.Wrapping your magic in faith isn’t fooling anyone anymore.

  • MOUW TSE TUNG

    You, sir, are a brain damaged moron. You think our choice is to offer people false comforts, to prevent them from sinning by turning to superstition, which won’t work in any case? Truly, stupendously idiotic. Even for you.

  • Olivia

    How would you know about “high” theologies? You’re an evangelical, which is low-church by definition and also low theology.