Angels and Demons: A Catholic Introduction by Serge-Thomas Bonino OP, Michael J Miller

By Serge-Thomas Bonino OP, Michael J Miller

Angels occupy an important house in modern well known spirituality. but, this present day greater than ever, the idea within the life of middleman spirits among the human and divine geographical regions has to be evangelized and Christianized. Angels and Demons bargains a close synthesis of the givens of the Christian culture in regards to the angels and demons, as systematized in its crucial ideas by means of St. Thomas Aquinas. definitely, the doctrine of angels and demons isn't on the center of Christian religion, yet its position is way from negligible. at the one hand, as a part of religion looking knowing, angelology has been and will stay a resource of enrichment for philosophy. therefore, mirrored image at the ontological structure of the angel, at the modes of angelic wisdom, and at the nature of the sin of devil can interact and make clear the main primary parts of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. however, angelology, insofar because it is inseparable from the ensemble of the Christian secret (from the doctrine of construction to the Christian figuring out of the non secular life), may be predicted from an unique and fruitful standpoint.

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Is 27:1; compare Ps 74:14, 104:26. ”63 What relations do these demonic beings maintain with the angelic world? The answer is complicated, because the distinction between angel and demon was not made immediately in the theology of Israel. Indeed, the affirmation of God’s absolute sovereignty, the source of good and evil, led the Israelites to see in every angel indiscriminately simply a being who carries out the divine decrees, whether they are favorable or unfavorable to mankind. 65 These spirits are evil with regard to their effects, but there is no indication that they are wicked or hostile to God’s plan.

Sullivan, Wrestling with Angels: A Study of the Relationship between Angels and Humans in Ancient Jewish Literature and the New Testament, Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Antiken Judentums und des Urchristentums 55 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2004). 5. In the religious cosmology of antiquity, demons inhabit an intermediate place between the earth of men and the ether in which the stars move. 6. See also 1 Jn 3:10 (the children of God and the children of the devil); 1 Jn 3:12 (Cain, being of the Evil One, murdered his brother).

B. Mohr, 1993). 44. Dn 10:13, 10:21, 12:1. 45. Dn 8:16, 9:21. 46. See Dion, “Raphaël exorciste,” Biblica 57 (1976): 399–413. 47. Among the noncanonical names of angels, the best attested in the serious writings is that of Uriel (“Fire or Light of God”), which appears among other places in 4 Esd 4:1 or 1 Enoch 10:1 (Apocryphal Old Testament, 194n2); see also George A. ,” JBL 31 (1912): 256–67. 48. 1 Enoch 9:1 (Apocryphal Old Testament, 192) gives the list of four archangels: Michael, Sariel (or Uriel), Raphael, and Gabriel, and 1 Enoch 20 (208–9 with footnotes 7 and 10) lists seven: Uriel, Raphael, Raguel, Michael, Sariel, Gabriel, and Remiel.

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