Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Vol 1, No 2 (2007): Astrology, Religion and Nature

New Testament Astral Portents: God's Self-Disclosure in the Heavens

Michael T. Cooper
Issued Date: 31 Oct 2007


Christianity's relationship with astrology is complex. Astrology has been
seen as demonic as well as has been utilized for guidance. This complex
relationship continues in the twenty-first century. With two important
New Testament texts in mind, the article argues that a first century BCE–CE
astrological ‘hermeneutic’ illumines Christianity’s understanding of astrology.
The article begins with a discussion of the tenacity of astrology in
Western culture and then moves to Christianity's relationship with it by
looking at some biblical texts and early Christian writings. After the
discussion of two New Testament texts, the article concludes with implications
for Christianity and astrology.

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DOI: 10.1558/jsrnc.v1i2.189


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