Those of us who see good in religion, must be the first to condemn religion when it is bad. Those of us who believe religion can be scientific, must purge every superstition from our own teaching, no matter how venerated. We clergy who do not wish to be condemned as witchdoctors must renounce any pretense to magical in our rituals, no matter how comforting that would be. Those of us who do not wish to be “the opiate of the people” must join the world wide revolution of the wretched of the earth against every form of national, economic or religious tyranny. This is the price we must pay if we truly want to show religion at its best.
Gosh, Jim, I like magic.
What is your definition of magic?
In this instance, liking things that don’t exist. Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Angels, Saints, for a few. Years ago my son, then 4 years old, asked me, Does Jesus know Santa Claus? Quick answer, Yes. These days my five year old grandson loves for us to talk about the Purple Dragon that follows us around. Sometimes magic at this level is fun and gives life an extra dimension.