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How Astrologers Sell Us the Stars

For the third time this year, the planet Mercury has gone into retrograde and once again, the internet astrologers are trying to outdo one another with dire warnings about how this cosmological event can wreak havoc on planet Earth. Too bad it’s nothing but hype to sell natal charts and good luck charms.

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Human Composting: The Latest Eco-Friendly Burial Method

Bishops in California are raising objections to a new California law that will allow human remains to be composted and returned to the soil as a way of protecting the environment from the contaminants of embalming fluid and the carbon emissions from cremation. But this is just one of many new eco-friendly burial methods being offered today.

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Bach Flower Remedies Just Don't Work

TC writes: "I have a question about Bach Flower Remedies.  I am trying to find out if these remedies are considered New Age. I have a few books book about them which state that it “treats the individual not the symptoms / or disease. They work on an emotional condition of the person concerned.”  “The effect of taking the remedies is not to suppress negative attitudes but transforms them into positive ones, stimulating self-healing.” Can you let me know what the Church teaches about this product?"

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Poltergeist Activity Should Not Be Taken Lightly

BK asks: "Strange occurrences have been happening in my home for some time now - objects moving around and sometimes falling off shelves for no reason. I'm beginning to suspect poltergeist activity and am wondering what this is, and if it's possible for a dead relative to be responsible for it?"

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The difference between Christian and Occult-based fantasy

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

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How the New Age Hijacks 12 Step Programs

EG writes: "I am willing to accept that the 12 step programs are new age with the "God as you understand him" placed in the steps. My husband got over an addiction to alcohol  in 1981 through Alcoholic Anonymous and remained sober till his death in 1998....One of the things I have noticed is that the program members are getting involved in the "Course in Miracles", and I know of members who are starting Self Help Seminar programs that are using some AA materials but without "that god stuff". Could I get some clarification on this as I find it confusing." 

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