Talking about sacraments and magic

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By Fr. John Anderson

Someone said that churches that have sacraments practice magic. Is this true? — Mikaela F.


Absolutely not! This false supposition gets forced onto the Orthodox, because we are accused of really being Roman Catholic. We are not. 

Christian magic developed out of the radical mistrust of the Roman Catholic church, which produced the Reformation. 

The reformers wanted to discredit those things held in the church and wanted to promote those things, which they were creating using “the Bible,” via logical deduction and reason. 

Fundamentalist Reformers observed how in witchcraft things are changed from one thing into another. Since it looked like Roman Catholics did this with the bread and wine, logically this must also be witchcraft.

This is bad logic, which excludes important parts of the equation. Thus, Protestants taught that since Roman Catholics were sympathetic to pagans, they adopted paganism. When one factors in all the facts this is absolutely absurd.

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