The common characteristic of all the New Platonists is a tendency to mysticism, theosophy, and theurgy.
Philip appears to have been one of the apostolical men most preccupied with theurgy.
theurgy was the second method of counteracting the evil influence of demons.
This current was so strong that philosophy itself was swept toward mysticism and the neo-Platonist school became a theurgy.
Both authors show the same admiration for the Gymnosophists, the same distinction between magic and theurgy.
In regard to theurgy, the ancients gave this name to that part of magic which is called white magic.