Your position has got me curious about a few things Henrik. I'm not trying to debunk anything, I'm just looking for further elaboration.
An idea, put in motion, usually a result of desire, a channeling of will, strong feelings (usually hatred, lust, etc).
This seems to be a summary of what you dislike about magic, and yet I don't see what your issue is. To rephrase it, are you saying that an idea driven by emotion bringing forth results is religiously and morally dangerous? That's not a position I've seen before.
What I meant to communicate here is that magic in media is depicted in many different ways but when you boil them all down that's what they have in common, it's not what I don't like about it lol.. it's what it is.
Let me quote you portions of the first couple of pages of "The Black Arts" by Richard Cavendish (an agnostic occult historian) for his take on magic, black magic, and white magic, with my comments between:
"The driving force behind black magic is hunger for power. Its ultimate aim was stated, appropriately enough, by the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were afraid that if they ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil they would die. But the serpent said 'Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as god, knowing good and evil.' In occultism the serpent is a symbol of wisdom, and for centuries magicians have devoted themselves to the search for the forbidden fruit which would bring fulfillment of the serpent's promise.
Carried to its furthest extreme, the black magician's ambition is to wield supreme power over the entire universe, to make himself a god. Black magic is rooted in the darkest levels of the mind, and this is a large part of its attraction, but it is much more than a product of the love of evil or a liking for mysterious mumbo jumbo. It is a titanic attempt to exalt the stature of man, to put man in the place which religious thought reserves for God. In spite of its crudities and squalors, this gives it a certain magnificence.
It is natural to think of magic as a thing of the past, which must have withered to dust under the hard light of modern science and skepticism, but, in fact, this is not the case. Magical thinking is still deeply embedded in the human mentality. It has been practiced throughout European history, down to and including the present day, and has attracted more interest and support in the last hundred years than at any time since the Renaissance."
It's interesting that he points out that interest in magic has peaked in the last 100 years specifically, as well as in the Renaissance. Hallmarks of these two periods include explosions in arts, sciences, and humanistic philosophy. Magic saw another peak around 700 BC, oddly enough, this is when ancient Greece emerged from its dark ages and began the explosion of philosophy and science which shaped the west. This also coincides with Israel's greatest defeat, when the 12 tribes were enslaved and subsequently scattered.
"No one is a black magician in his own eyes, and modern occultists, whatever their beliefs and practices, think of themselves as high minded white magicians, not as sinister Brothers of the Left-hand Path. [...] The most notorious and brilliantly gifted of modern magicians, Aleister Crowley, was regarded as a black sorcerer by many other occultists ... but he himself professed nothing but contempt for black magicians, including among them Christian Scientists and Spiritualists."
And so-called white magic is what's depicted in modern media almost all the time on the side of the "hero", though in games you can choose black magic or white quite often - so this is saying there is no difference? After all, they all consider themselves white.. even Crowley.. hmm
The next thing the book describes are "grimoires", books of incantations, which in the same breath both instruct methods of calling up evil spirits, killing people, causing hatred and destruction, and forcing women to submit to them in love - and also contain "prayers to God and the angels, fastings and self mortifications and ostentatious piety".
How can such things co-exist? So something can appear to be a christian like appeal to God, and yet be part of a magic ritual? Crazy stuff isn't it.. It concludes:
"The magician sets out to conquer the universe. To succeed he must make himself master of everything in it - evil as well as good, cruelty as well as mercy, pain as well as pleasure. Deep at the heart of the magical outlook is the pagan but not ignoble conviction that everything has its place and function in the order of the universe, and that all types of experience are potentially rewarding. The complete man, which is what the magician attempts to be, is the man who has experienced and mastered all things. This conviction is closely related to the magical theory of the relationship between God, man and the universe".
Here we can easily identify the parallels between the ways of magical thought and the ways of western thought! All ideas are worthy of exploring, is what we are taught, and we are chastised if we first do not "educate" ourselves on a topic before dismissing it. All of this is continuation of the original folly of man, and this much is even clearly admitted by an agnostic historian writing what is widely considered an authoritative book on the subject of the black arts, not the bible!
But speaking of the bible, let's explore some biblical concepts which coincide with what was just described above:
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jer 17:9
"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Mat 12:34
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Prv 18:21
"And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and is set on fire of hell, for every kind of beast, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?" James 3:6-11
What does modern thinking say, what is it you always hear in song lyrics, or the lesson of a tv show? "Follow your heart?" Sound familiar? If we are not careful to seek God's way, we will default to the devices of our own heart, which are often in immediate, primal things, steeped in the world of epicurean senses, pleasure seeking. The heart seeks pleasure along with love, and often makes little if any distinction between the two. We can go for years sustained by nothing but empty, briefly fulfilling habits. When those fail to satisfy, we seek more extreme ways to satisfy the heart's longings. This is where people resort to magic, without necessarily even knowing it.
Is there difference between the ones who write the grimoires, their hearts set on hatred for their enemies, or overcome with obtaining sexual union with a woman but simultaneously calling on God, and us, who are Christians, in the things we feel in our hearts? How many of us have never practiced the use of coy language, "white lies", and going through elaborate rituals to land the object of our affection, and simultaneously praying to God that He would grant them to us, rather than simply being ourselves? Which is, by the way, just one area we possess such dualism...
Still don't see what my issue with it is?
1. Magic in the real world
, has already been weaved very deeply into the fabric of society, and into our behavior patterns.
2. Magic in media
, whether via conscious effort or of its own volition as a result of widespread ignorant use of it, in all likelihood both, is both sustaining this as well as further accelerating the path to something we can still barely imagine or conceive of, but which prophecy has already stated long ago - the emergence of something so great in appearance that it will outpace human's ability to keep up with "progress" - it will be a godlike presence to humanity. The fictional form of magic serves as not only a recruitment tactic to those who would willingly and openly practice it, but as further subconscious indoctrination to those who would deny it with one breath, but in another admit that they believe the stories "have good lessons".
Now, lest all this lead you to believe that I reject the rational explanation for such things as exponential progress as you pointed out, I can agree that plays a role. Human intellect is great, and it is even written in Gen 11:6 - "And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do."
A clear demonstration of that principle.
Nevertheless, we are still presented with large gaps in history where very little if anything changed. If man had already banded together in ancient Babylon to build a tower to heaven, why didn't that start the steady exponential rise of tech already then? Clearly there were catalysts at various points in history, and 1 Enoch states that we were lent a hand. Such a statement so greatly contradicts the goals of humanist philosophers, it's no wonder it was removed from canon as soon as the power was put in the hands of the Roman church to do so...
Here's one especially relevant quote from the chapter which tells of the watcher angels teachings:
1 Enoch 69:8-11
“And the fourth was named Penemue: he taught the children of men the bitter and the sweet, and he taught them all the secrets of their wisdom. And he instructed mankind in writing with ink and paper, and thereby many sinned from eternity to eternity and until this day. For men were not created for such a purpose, to give confirmation to their good faith with pen and ink. For men were created like angels, to the intent that they should continue pure and righteous, and death, which destroys everything, could not have taken hold of them; but through this their knowledge they are perishing, and through this power it is consuming me.
This is written like a lament, that he himself had gained this knowledge against his own will, and was worried that it would eventually cause him to be separated from God. However, as we know, Enoch "walked with God", I don't think someone considered pure enough to do so sinned merely by writing, but because he had gained that ability, he was putting himself in far greater danger of misleading others. As much as we can say we learn from education, from books, from the internet, etc - how much of it also distracts us and leads us away from our Creator? Is it a fair trade? I don't think so, and we need to be aware of both what we absorb and what comes from our hand. What goes in usually also comes out...
If you feel I still haven't addressed something you said, let me know, because you said you were curious about a few things, but I only saw one direct question in there. By writing my post this way rather than structuring it in response to each of your quotes I hoped to present a more coherent and relevant picture that still touched on most of your points.