Wikipedia says practical kabbalah is permitted white magic within Judaism. I know of the Old Testament injunctions against various types of sorcery, divination, etc., so this is quite a surprise to me. Is there a Christian practice that corresponds to this one?

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    Does transubstantiation count? :P
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 22:16

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Esoteric Christianity historically taught "theurgy" or divine magic. Modern practitioners incorporate "Eastern" or "New Age" beliefs such as like reincarnation, inner energy, magic, astrology, etc. I would say it shares a lot in common with Kabbalah.

  • Although I do not know any practitioners of esoteric christianity or practical kabbalah, it seems like esoteric christianity would be pretty widely rejected while practical kabbalah was accepted. I may certainly be incorrect so I'll accept this in a few days if no one else chimes in.
    – sirdank
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 12:50
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    @sirdank While I agree few traditional Christians would accept Esoteric beliefs as valid Christianity, I don't think very may Orthodox Jews would accept Kabbalah as having any validity within Judaism either. If the question is does any mainstream Christian group accept magic, the answer is "no"; if the question is does any vaguely Christian group accept it, then I'd say the Esoterics qualify.
    – ThaddeusB
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 15:03

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