Defining Magic for Jack

Magic (noun): a process or outcome that is outside of human explanation.


There are three types of magic with which we are familiar: false magic, human magic, and deep magic.

False magic encompasses everything from the simple deception of how investors grow money to the dull imaginations of a person who believes that heaven must be a magical place populated with unicorns, cotton candy, and virgins.

Human magic is a gift from the one who creates the true, deep magic. Our magic is what we create: drawing, knitting, buildings, sculpture, complex circuitry, philosophy, and stories (to name a few). In short, human magic is the product of our imaginations when we make something useful and beautiful.

Deep magic undergirds all other forms of magic and makes it possible for them to even exist. Deep magic forms all things from no things. It makes the sequoia sprout from a tiny seed. It creates the forces of nature that form the foundations of the universe—the laws of physics that make it possible for man to build Capital Gate in Dubai or Giza’s Great Pyramid. If you analyze a scientific process, you are working out infinitesimal bits and pieces of how deep magic works. But deep magic is not only an explanation of HOW a process works, it is the reason WHY it works. And why something works is not a question that can be answered by science. “Why?” is a question for the Great Magician.

  • Steven Jillson

    Good stuff. I’ve been reading George MacDonald’s “Unspoken Sermons” this last week and this reminds of something he said:

    “There was in these miracles, and I think in all, only a hastening of appearances: the doing of that in a day, which may ordinarily take a thousand years, for with God time is not what it is with us. He makes it… Nor does it render the process one whit more miraculous. Indeed, the wonder of the growing corn is to me greater than the wonder of feeding the thousands. It is easier to understand the creative power going forth at once – immediately – than through the countless, the lovely, the seemingly forsaken wonders of the cornfield.”

  • Shannon Anne Simon Webber

    Thanks, Jillson! I love George MacDonald. Like Lewis, he helps me put things in their proper perspective.

  • KadoRestavek

    Fantastic. I think you’ll enjoy this video


    • Shannon Anne Simon Webber

      Very cool way to illustrate Mere Christianity.

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