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Christian monotheism does not support any form of witchcraft

In a recent letter to The Tech ["Anti-Wiccan posters found offensive," Sep. 14], the Rev. Susan P. Thomas accuses campus opponents of witchcraft of "quoting biblical texts out of context." Thomas thus implies that the Bible somehow views occult practices with approval or equanimity. This is simply false. The context of all the authors of the Bible was a vigorous monotheism, an uncompromising conviction that the God of Abraham is the one living and true God and that there is no other.

In what they preached and wrote, the prophets and lawgivers of the Bible repeatedly, unambiguously condemned occult practices like witchcraft and sorcery. These condemnations occur in all strata of the Hebrew scriptures, from Exodus through Malachi. Similar condemnations of occult practitioners are to be found in the New Testament. Thomas' indifferent approval of witchcraft finds no echo in the Bible.

Every book of the New Testament is written from the perspective that God's love for us has been expressed visibly in Jesus Christ, who is himself the way to God. If Thomas has serious problems with these foundational New Testament affirmations, then it is a mystery why she continues as a Christian chaplain at MIT.

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