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The occult: Various viewpoints

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Overview:

The term "Occult" is one of those poorly defined terms (sometimes called "skunk words") which have many different, and often mutually exclusive meanings.

Unless a speaker or author clearly defines what they mean by the term, their listeners or readers are certain to be confused.

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Topics covered in this section are:

bullet Trying to define "The Occult"?
 
bullet Conservative Christian beliefs about the Occult
 
bullet Occultists' beliefs about the Occult
 
bullet Occultism in the Bible

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Related essays on this web site:

bullet Are all Witches alike? Public confusion over terminology
bullet The Harry Potter books
bullet Witchcraft in the Bible

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Internet Sites about the Occult:

bullet The most complete data base that we have found on the Occult is the most impressive "Avatar," located at: http://www.avatarsearch.com
bullet Peter-R. Koenig, "The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon" at: http://www.cyberlink.ch/~koenig
bullet A web site dealing with the Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) is at: http://www.kabbalah.com/kabbalah/
bullet The "Occult activities and Manifestations Survey" links Occultic activities with demon possession, multiple personality disorder, etc. They recommend spiritual interventions (presumably exorcisms). See: http://www.awav.net/
bullet Solandia has many pages showing the great variety of Tarot Cards that are currently available. See: http://www.aeclectic.net/
bullet M.P. Hall, "The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Quabbalistic & Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy," Philosophical Res. soc. (1994). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
bullet "Occult Arts" is an  International network service for people and groups involved in the Occult, Paganism, Witchcraft, Chaos Magick, Santeria, Asatru, Druidism, Cabala, Tantra, etc. See: http://www.occultarts.org/

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Copyright 1995 to 2007 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally published: 1995-JUN-8
Last update: 2007-OCT-08
Author: B.A. Robinson

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