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Can Catholic Homeschools Adopt Waldorf Teaching Methods?

JM asks: "Can a Catholic take elements from Waldorf/Steiner/anthroposophy into a Christian home? How dangerous is it to implement some of the New Age elements within the home? This is a big problem with Catholic homeschoolers, but it isn't addressed in other places. To me it's completely obvious it's New Age and stay clear, but I do know there is individual free consciences."

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The Difference Between Christian & Occult-Based Fantasy

As all regular readers of this blog know, we receive many questions about children's books in which the characters use sorcery in one way or another. In an effort to help Christian parents and educators learn how to discern whether or not this content is suitable for children, I would like to post insights from Michael O'Brien's book, Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture and other useful sources which I hope they will find useful.

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What Do Your Eyes Say About Your Health?

AR writes: “ . . . (M)y mother is very much into alternative medicine and healthy eating, etc, and I grew up going to an iridologist and have been amazed at some of the things she picked up on in my body.  For instance, she noticed "irritation" in my lower back, and a few years later, due to strenuous activity, I thought I had developed a seriously problematic spinal condition, but doctors said I was either born with or it happened when I was a baby and was just aggravated by the activity.  Anyway, even if you think iridology is bologna, it doesn't seem to be problematic with our faith, as it’s not like its reading palms or anything whacky like that...it is looking at the iris and seeing if something is not quite right.  BUT, I still wanted to check with you all.”

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