You've done a really good job with this. This is a topic that've I've experienced a little (just a little) bit first hand. I've had some encounters with people who feel that magic is something a Christian like myself shouldn't be doing. None of them were extreme about it, nor mean, they just told me they thought I was heading in the wrong direction.
As has been said though, I think it's just the fear of the unknown that gets to them.
Anyway, like I said, nicely done. I enjoy a good long essay like this. It's a great way to stimulate the mind.
@ Wicked_Magic: A lot of what you've said has peaked my interest. If you're willing, I'd love to hear more about what you've been through (what religions you grew up in, what you've seen and heard and so on). Keep in mind I'm not a religious person either; in fact, I hate religion. I would never "bash" you, as it's been put, about anything. I just enjoy a good story and little bit of discussion now and then. If you'd be willing to share your story with me, please PM me.