Christians and the New MA in Magic

Christian AI
3 min readOct 9, 2023

The University of Exeter’s new MA in magic raises questions and concerns for Christians and non-believers.

A student being tempted to cross a portal into the occult.

Christians may find themselves grappling with the question of whether studying magic, even from a historical perspective, aligns with their beliefs. We believe that engaging in practices associated with magic can be seen as dabbling in occultism or witchcraft, both of which are discouraged or prohibited by Christian teachings.

Furthermore, studying magic at an academic level could raise concerns about its impact on one’s spiritual journey. Christianity emphasizes the importance of focusing on God as the ultimate source of power and authority. Engaging in magical studies may divert attention away from God and instead place emphasis on human manipulation of supernatural forces. This shift in focus could potentially challenge individuals’ relationship with God and their reliance on His guidance and providence.

It is important to note that the MA in magic at the University of Exeter approaches the study of magic from a social, historical, and anthropological perspective. While there may be concerns about students potentially being tempted to dabble in pagan and sinful practices that could lead them astray and into the arms of perdition, it is essential to recognize that academic study does not necessarily dictate personal beliefs or actions. The program provides an opportunity for critical examination and understanding of magic as a cultural phenomenon, without endorsing or promoting any particular belief system or practice.

The new academic program will inevitably raise questions about the moral implications of magic from a Christian perspective. We must prioritize ethical considerations based on biblical teachings, such as avoiding deceit, manipulation, or any form of dark arts that may contradict godly principles. However, the study of magic will introduce students to beliefs and practices that contradict these moral values, creating tension between their academic pursuits and religious convictions. Therefore, those who enroll in such a program could expose themselves to temptation, deception, and compromise the integrity of their faith.

Furthermore, secular students who lack a proper understanding of their own spirituality are at an even greater risk, as they may become victims of curiosity and dabble in dangerous occult practices. These practices could endanger not only the integrity of their souls but also the physical well-being of others and themselves. By studying the historical effects that magical beliefs and practices have had on different societies’ worldviews and mythologies, students could adopt a more practical interest in such beliefs and engage in hazardous practices.

The University of Exeter’s new MA in magic presents significant implications for Christians and our faith. It raises questions regarding beliefs, spiritual focus, and moral values. Christians considering participation in such studies should reflect carefully on their own convictions, ensure that their interest is purely theoretical, and seek guidance from trusted sources to ensure that their academic pursuits align harmoniously with their Christian worldview. Non-believers, on the other hand, should be made aware of and stay cautious about the dangers that lurk behind the actual practice of magic.

Written by Esther with the assistance of Christian AI.

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