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Hi Tom,

> Re. the harsh attitude towards magic by early Christianity--and later
> too!--it was part and parcel of the attempt to quash anything
> whatever that seemed to reflect or echo Pagan beliefs and
> practices. The truth was that the connections were so close
> and so deep that Christianism--as I describe what the Church
> became during the third and fourth centuries CE--wanted to
> obliterate Paganism entirely from the scene.

It's possible the RC Church had a harsh attitude towards magic and pagan beliefs because it didn't want rivals and it didn't want anyone studying spiritual knowledge. The Church always shyed away from educating the massed because that way it could exercise more control. It's also interesting that the RC Church perpetuated a lot of pagan customs, so it's difficult to see how it wanted to 'obliterate Paganism entirely from the scene', as you say...

regards
Rob

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