|Posted by RWyatt on May 24, 2015 at 12:15 AM|
As I stated in my previous blog post, I have not yet firmly given my book a title, but the context is decided.
The genre of my book is Romance/Paranormal and the story is about how witchcraft subtley intrudes in the affairs of churches in the twentieth-century.
To help you understand the concept of the book, I found these defnitions to enlighten you.
Christian Vews -
Is viewed as Gnostic i.e. involving the aquision of secret knowledge rather than based on scripture and open church tradition.
It's seen as involving practices such as divination and calling on spirits which are forbidden in the Bible.
Witchcraft - broadly means the practice of, and belief in, magical skills and abilities that are able to be exercised individually, by designated social groups, or by persons with the necessary esoteric (secret, private) knowledge.
Although witchcraft can often share common ground with related concepts such as socery, the paranormal, magic, superstition, shamanism, healing, spiritualism, and the occult, it is usually seen as distinct.
The character in the book uses the occult mostly, to control her counterparts.
The occult (from the Latin word ocuritus "clandestine, hidden secret") is "knowledge of the hidden." (1) In common English usage, occult refers to "knowledge of the paranormal" as opposed to "knowledge of the(2) measurable, usually referred to as science. The term is sometimes taken to mean knowledge that "is meant only for certain people" or that must be kept hidden", but for most practicing ocultists it is simply the study of a deeper spiritual reality that extends beyond pure reason and physical sciences. (3) The terms esoteric and arcane have very similar meanings, and in most conexts the three terms are interchangeable.
Some religions and sects enthusiastically embrace occultism as an integral aspect of mystical religious edperience. This attitude is common within Wicca and many other modern pagan religions. Some other religious denominations disapprove of occultism in most or all forms. They may view the occult as being anything supernatural or paranormal which is not achieved by or through God (as defined by those religious denominations), and is therfore the work of an opposing and malevolent entity.
The word has negative connotations for many people, and while certain practices considered by some to be "occult" are also found within mainstream religions, in this context the term "occult" is rarely used and sometimes substituted with "esoteric".
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