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Theology, Magick, and the Chosen

God's self-disclosure and revelation in Jesus (the incarnation) is the fullest affirmation of human endeavor and creativity....When man obeys God's command to engage in creative and redemptive activity, he not only reflects his creation in the image of God,but he also fulfills the implications of the incarnation of God in Jesus. --John Fortner, "The Incarnation and the Christian University", _Against the Grain_

The Christian view of man...goes even further [than the Renaissance view], insisting that man was created to be like God; to share in his work; to be a creator; to be the most noble of all God's creation. It recognizes that "all talents are God-given" (Morris Ellis). It is to the lofty ideal of a Godlike man that the...student is challenged to aspire. --Winfred Wright, "Embracing the Christian Perspective in the Humanities", _Against the Grain_

What, to the Chosen, is magick—or to use their term, technology? One might suspect, from their rhetoric, that the Chosen claim to wield the miracles of God, yet clearly this is not the case. Why should this be?

The answer lies in the Restorationist concept of what a miracle is and is for. While, say the Chosen, the miracles of God were performed for the benefit of humanity, the primary reason was, rather, to demonstrate that a message was from God and did not originate in the mind of a so-called prophet who was really nothing more than a con artist. Miracles, then, were inextricably tied up with the claim of a new message from God. So to Restorationists, when revelations cease, so do miracles.

Still, why not go on working miracles? Why should revelations come to an end, and even if they do, why not go on for the benefit of humanity? First, a miracle, while the only workable means to prove a revelation, is not perfect; it can be counterfeited in any number of ways—by evil powers, by sleight-of-hand trickery, by technology in the usual sense. As a result, false prophets have flourished throughout history. The end of revelations is God’s final answer to false prophecy—from now on, any prophet is false. Second, to go on working miracles to benefit humanity would be to freeze humanity in its tracks. Why study, why prepare, why learn, when God will reach down and snatch you from disaster whatever you do? Though the Chosen have not yet formulated a concept of Ascension per se, they believe it is God’s purpose that humanity, and all sentient beings, must grow in knowledge, wisdom, and power—become greater than they are.

The Chosen do believe in what they call "providence", a concept that, strangely enough, parallels coincidental magick as miracles (as they see them) do vulgar, despite the fact that the conceptual pair originated before any Chosen were known to have Awakened. Providence, being inconstant and difficult to perceive, cannot be relied upon as a crutch or be counterfeited to any effect by con men, and therefore it goes on, working to benefit mortals, especially the Chosen themselves.

Because of this theological background, the Chosen cannot claim, like Choristers, to wield the ongoing power of God by right as one with Him, or, like Templars, to wield it as a special gift to the righteous. Indeed, such claims are the primary source of conflict between Restorationist and "Apostate", as the latter is seen merely as more false claimants to authority that is not theirs. What the Chosen do wield, they believe, is the power of God already exercised in Creation.