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Literally: "hidden; concealed." Belief in or study of the action, influence or use of supernatural power or knowledge.

The academic study of the occult is known as psychical research or parapsychology.

From the Latin occultus, meaning secret, hidden, or esoteric knowledge and practices. It is comprised of three basic categories -- divination, magic or sorcery, and spiritism. Though there are many theories today as to how or why it works, according to biblical theology it originates from, and constitutes interaction with, demonic spirits. Hence, it is expressly condemned.
Source: Craig Hawkins, The Modern World of Witchcraft, part 1, glossary. Christian Research Journal, Winter/Spring 1990

Articles

Books

Christian Christian Counseling and Occultismoffsite by Kurt E. Koch.
Christian Occult ABCoffsite by Kurt E. Koch. A Classic.
Christian Occult Bondage and Deliveranceoffsite by Kurt E. Koch.


• Glossaries
Non-Christian Mystica, Theoffsite An on-line encyclopedia of the occult, mysticism, magic, paranormal, etcetera.

News

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See Also

Sites

Christian Refuge Ministriesoffsite For those who have been involved in satanism, the occult, wicca, witchcraft, New Age practices or false teachings in the Christian church.


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