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The Philosophy of Magic

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Magic is the best theology, for in it ture faith is both grounded and found. And he is a fool that reviels it, for he knows it not, and blasphemes againest both God and himself, and is more a juggler than a theologian of understanding. Taken from the front pages of the book by Jacob Boehme
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by Penguin Books (first published April 17th 1986)
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Matthew
Mar 01, 2017 Matthew rated it it was amazing
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This is a wonderful 101 level introduction for a serious study magic. As a student of Buddhism, Versluis' use of eastern thought to frame and explain some of the lost schools of western thought is refreshing, though I imagine that someone who is unfamiliar with Zen, Bon, and other eastern religions might struggle. I'm mostly happy to have read it for the selected bibliography which I plan to use as a tools map out more reading on the topic.
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Jul 30, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about The Philosophy of Magic by Arthur Versluis. On one hand, it's a fascinating exploration of the relationship between magic and religion, and I think that Versluis is right when he says that every religion has an element of magic. Even religions that seem against the very concept of magic still employ elements of it, and the journey towards becoming more "godly" is a magical and an alchemical one.

On the other hand, I think he's wrong in his insistence that for magic to
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