Fandango’s Provocative Question #39

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

For this week’s provocative question, I am wondering about “magic.” I wrote a post earlier this week about a Catholic school in Tennessee that banned the “Harry Potter” series of books, and I noted that “a number of Christian critics believe the Bible makes it clear that magic stems from demonic sources.

Religious historian Henrik Bogdan wrote, “The term magic has typically been used to describe non-mainstream beliefs and practices — non-Christians, heretics, non-Westerners, indigenous, ancient or ‘primitive’ cultures — any that might be considered ‘Other.’” Bogdan went on to say that “defining magic as something alien, exotic, primitive, evil, deviant or even ridiculous” enables western society to make a tacit statement about its self-perceptions.

So my question for this week is simply this:

Do you believe in magic? Define magic any way you wish and explain your belief about magic.

(No extra credit for embedding the song “Do You Believe in Magic” by the Lovin’ Spoonful in your response.)

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12 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #39

  1. aguycalledbloke September 4, 2019 / 7:15 am

    Is that to include that feeling both during and after sex? You know that ‘warm fuzzy feeling when you either say or simply think “Oooh ooh oh that’s just magic!”

    Asking for a friend ha ha 🙂

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    • Fandango September 4, 2019 / 7:33 am

      As I said, use whatever definition of “magic” you choose, you sly old dog, you! 😏

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  2. rugby843 September 4, 2019 / 8:27 am

    Of course. I can’t live without it! Anything from seeing a newborn baby smile to a grandchild’s laugh, beauty of nature, it’s all magical to me. ESP of my phone ringing just as I pick it up to call that person seems like magic. Any of my cooking that turns out well, now that’s real magic!

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  3. Stroke Survivor UK September 4, 2019 / 9:52 am

    Magic is anything we don’t understand. There’s a lot we don’t understand, so yes, I believe in it.

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