In episode 226, astrologer Nate Craddock takes half within the present to debate the early historical past of Christianity and its relationship to astrology.
Particularly, we’ll deal with the query of whether or not astrology is inherently against Christianity, significantly with regard to the origins of the faith in the course of the time of the Roman Empire.
Nate is a practising astrologer and an ordained Christian priest with a level in divinity. You could find extra details about his work on his web site:
The place to begin for our dialogue was the work of a scientist named Nicola Denzey Lewis and her guide from 2013 Cosmology and Destiny in Gnosticism and in Greco-Roman Antiquity. A part of the aim of the guide is to display how plenty of influential early Christian texts framed faith to free themselves from astrology and destiny.
Astrology within the 1st century AD tended to be extra deterministic and influenced by stoic conceptualizations of destiny, and to some extent Christianity may very well be certainly one of many non secular or philosophical teams in historic instances that supplied another that was then a part of theirs Preliminary declare might enchantment to on a regular basis folks within the Roman Empire.
This then established a type of oppositional relationship between astrology and mainstream Christianity for a number of centuries, though at the moment it raises the query of whether or not the 2 are inherently incompatible or whether or not there are methods to reconcile them.
Nate’s reply to this query is emphatic, “Sure, they are often reconciled”. In the middle of the dialogue, we’ve got explored a number of the bottom and examined numerous historic and theological areas.
This episode is a significant sequel to earlier episodes of the podcast, which discusses responses to non secular criticism of astrology, the function of astrology within the historical past of the Star of Bethlehem, and a short digression on the aim of discovering the Guardian Spirit for about 2 hours had been featured within the episode about discovering the general ruler of the beginning certificates.
For individuals who get pleasure from this dialogue, you’ll additionally like Nate’s podcast, Jailbreak the Sacred.
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