Jim Fry wrote:
Unfortunately, such an ability gives a great deal of independence to the practitioner. If you can seek and find answers for yourself, you have less need of authority. This the early Christian Church did not care for. So dowsing, along with many other traditional skills and knowledge, was banned. But the church also realized that that some of dowsing was useful, particularly the finding of water. So the early church allowed that one form of dowsing to continue. But, just to make sure it did not empower folks too much, the church made it sound slightly dirty or wrong, so the great and useful and common skill and art (of a limited part) of dowsing became to be called water witching. People could still seek water, ...but you better be careful or you might be named a "witch" and suffer for it. To me it is somewhat amusing that the folks who most loudly declare for science often unknowingly find common cause with the church. They simply declare it is not so, so for them it is not.
Dale Hodgins wrote:As an atheist, I pride myself in not being taken in by what are essentially beliefs without verification. I was exposed to many Dowsers when I lived in the Bible Belt of Ontario. All of them professed belief in supernatural beings. To me, it's a quasi-religious notion. And just like religion, as scientific knowledge advances, explanations attempting to make it fit within known science, develop.