Sunday, August 16, 2009

Is Sacramentalism the Same as Magic?

I asked this question in my recent post at Called to Communion entitled, Magical Sacraments in Elfland.
Peter Pan has to think happy thoughts in order to fly. Sure, fairy dust is involved but the flying doesn’t happen unless he thinks happy thoughts. In fact, maybe fairy dust is just an “outward sign” of the “inward reality” of a happy thought. I don’t think it sounds any more magical to say that a man can think happy thoughts and go to Neverland than to say that he can believe in Christ and go to heaven. It is no more superstitious to say that “baptism saves you” than it is to say that faith does.
Read the whole thing.

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