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New Age Wonders: Catholic Supernaturalism and Strange Mystery

Upon arrival at a local used bookstore—I frequent them all—I dart straight for the philosophy or theology sections, stare down or bark at the new arrivals, and claim the aisle for myself like a dog with a juicy bone. Most of the time, thankfully, no one else is there, so I am not very threatening, and I think most customers just do not care about these topics.  What do they care about? Well, between my used bookstore field study and teaching high school students, I think the answer is “the New Age.” This realization made me think back to my first year teaching philosophy to Catholic high school students who happened to be extremely interested in New Age spirituality and the occult.  As a way of gauging my student’s worldview (to know what I should focus on in…


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