Catholics/Magic and the Supernatural


Since it is more likely primitive pre-stone age and stone age people believed in magic before the idea of the supernatural was contemplated isn't it possible the later day belief in the supernatural is actually rooted in a belief of magic?
According to  William G. Dever, probably the most noted contemporary American archaeologist, specializing in the history of Israel and the Near East, in Biblical times "magic and religion were the same".

One might say that magic (however you want to define that term) was the nascent understanding of the developed idea of the supernatural, much as the Old (Hebrew) Covenant provided a nascent understanding of the New (Christian) Covenant, or as the philosophical insights of pre-Christian Classical Civilizations of Greece and Rome (Aristotle and the Stoics, for instance) provided the nascent groundwork for the understanding of the Christian era.


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