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The Use of Occult Literature


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#1 Johannes

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 12:35 PM

My master's thesis was on Renaissance alchemy, and the research thereof brought me to some rather unwholesome areas of the university library. My question: I am a devoted Christian -- owing to the grace of God -- and feel no attraction to the occult other than as an area of research, and a valuable insight into nearly all Christian heresies from Gnosticism to modernism; do I read these books at my own peril?


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#2 Peter Simko

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 06:30 PM

Have you spoken to your spiritual father, or perhaps your hierarch first?  If it regards pure research, perhaps they can bless your work for the good just as the Fathers were aware of and had read heretical documents so that they could deconstruct or counter them.  Nevertheless, I do not envy such research; say a prayer before you open each cover!



#3 Johannes

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 04:31 AM

Your advice was exactly that of my spiritual father: he said that church fathers read heresies to refute them. That is what I hope to do.






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