should read "spirituality?"
In the old testament and the new, there are multiple references to "principalities and powers" and "rulers of evil in high places". In modern Christianity, except for, perhaps, the Pentacostal movement, it seems as though there has been an abandonment of "Spiritual Warfare/Spiritualism" in the church.
Casting out of demons is viewed as "dark ages" thinking. It seems as though the church has become more of a "self-help" movement, that has more in common with AA, than with any type of spiritual agenda.
I've been reading a book, "The Handbook for Spiritual Warfare" by Dr. Ed Murphy, and he says that one of the biggest challenges for western Christian missionaries in 3rd world countries is that western Christians live in a 2-dimensional world. The believe in a supernatural dimension - with God, Angels, the Devil, and demons - and they believe in a natural dimension - what is tangible, can be touched, tasted, or felt. In western Christianity, the two seem to meet or interact very rarely.
Meanwhile, the people that they minister to believe in a middle level where the supernatural and the natural interact regularly. Some have gods for everything, extreme pantheism.
The old & new testaments reference much of this middle world - Satan's tormenting of Job, Saul conjuring the dead, Jesus & his disciples casting out demons, Paul "handing" someone over to Satan.
In our modern times, the world's hunger for this middle area seems to be very strong. People are searching for knowledge. The esoteric arts - astrology, divination, channeling, magic - are seeing new initiates all of the time.
Yoga/Eastern philosophy is seeing a new resurgence. New Age religions are growing. Authors like David Icke (Mr. Reptilian Agenda) speak of hybrid bloodlines/serpent/demon/human mixes. And also "refutes" Christianity as a religion created from ancient Sumerian/Phoenician religions. These are the teachers that are "filling in the gaps" for spiritual seekers.
Are Christians missing something here? Is the desire to present a "rational" Christianity - separate and apart from this "primitive" middle area - causing Christians to miss out on a real battlefield?