The origins of Western occultism are largely connected with the Christian Gnostic writings pseudonymously attributed to a pre-Christian magician by the name of Hermes Trismegestus. The writings are largely mythological and philosophically connected with neoplatonism, an amalgamation of both Christian and pagan ideas.
The context of my research is the formulation of a critique of the Harry Potter series, a matter about which I have thought for more than ten years. During that time I have been reading the books, and, for reasons I will mention in my own book on the subject, have until now remained silent.
One of the principle defenses of the Harry Potter series by Christians who are thoughtful readers is based on J.K. Rowling’s assertion that her own research for Harry Potter concerned, not magic, but alchemy. This defense goes on to assert that alchemy was not principally about the transmutation of metals or the acquisition of the Elixir of Life, but about the purification and transformation of the soul. According to this argument, the alchemical transformational process is consistent with Christian mysticism. I do not accept this argument and will explain why in my book....
Wicca and gothic, postmodern, occult culture is not in the least harmless. Good faith has nothing to do with it. The question of overt Satanism has little to do with it either. The choice for Christ is not compatible with contemplative experimentation and Christian esotericism, because the light is not compatible with the darkness, and Christ can have no concord with Belial (cf.2 Corinthians 6:15). We have allowed the bruised egos of the likes of Marilyn Manson to keep us making the most refined distinctions in regard to what actually belongs to the satanic. This is the reasoning championed by Freemasonry, because the Craft is essentially militant occultism in a popular form. Satan is king of the convoluted.Share
Just for the record, I have chosen not to draw any conclusions here with respect to Harry Potter. That will come in due time along the lines of a reasoned argument which is not the burden of this post. For now we can just say that Rowling deals with these issues and she takes them seriously. Harry Potter is a serious work and not just a cartoon-like children’s story. The issues at hand are about life and death. May we all choose life and close the door to the spirits of darkness.