In the name of God: Jesus, Christianity and ritual incantation of magical words with secret power

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Another trend that is necessary to understand in the formation of Christianity is the widespread use of magic – most exceptionally divination. “I see no race of men,” wrote Cicero, “however polished and educated, however brutal and barbarous, which does not believe that warnings of future events are given and may be understood and announced by certain persons.” (qtd. Glover 16) Famous oracles such those at Delphi were esteemed and consulted by Emperors and the ...