New PDF release: Angels and Demons: A Catholic Introduction

By Serge-Thomas Bonino OP, Michael J Miller

Angels occupy an important area in modern well known spirituality. but, this day greater than ever, the idea within the lifestyles of middleman spirits among the human and divine nation-states has to be evangelized and Christianized. Angels and Demons bargains a close synthesis of the givens of the Christian culture about the angels and demons, as systematized in its crucial ideas via St. Thomas Aquinas. definitely, the doctrine of angels and demons isn't on the middle of Christian religion, yet its position is way from negligible. at the one hand, as a part of religion looking figuring out, angelology has been and will remain a resource of enrichment for philosophy. hence, 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 have interaction and make clear the main basic parts of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. nevertheless, 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), should be anticipated from an unique and fruitful standpoint.

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60. See Lv. 16:10. 61. Is 34:14. See also Kornfeld, “Satan (et démons),” 13. 62. 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.

2:2. 41. Compare Zec 1:12: “Then the angel of the lord said, ‘O lord of hosts, how long will you have no mercy on Jerusalem’”; see also Jb 33:23: “If there be for him an angel, a mediator [literally, ‘interpreter’], one of the thousand, to declare to man what is right for him; and he is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down into the Pit, I have found a ransom’”; see also Rv 5:8, 8:4. 42. See D. S. Russell, Method and Message, 242. 43 Some angels receive precise names. 47 The internal organization of the angelic world is delineated, too, although it is difficult to propose a standard model.

Dt 33:2 (DV) and Ps 68:17 mention the presence of angels on Sinai; see also Jubilees 1:27–29 (Apocryphal Old Testament, 13–14). 136 (Josephus in Nine Volumes, vol. , and London: Harvard University Press, 1969], 66–67), but the aggeloi here could be prophets. 51. See Daniélou, chap. 1, “The Angels and the Law,” in The Angels and Their Mission according to the Fathers of the Church, trans. : Newman Press, 1957), 3–13. 52. See also Acts 7:35, 7:38. 53 The Letter to the Hebrews reconciles the two perspectives.

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