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By Serge-Thomas Bonino OP, Michael J Miller

Angels occupy an important area 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 nation-states should be evangelized and Christianized. Angels and Demons deals a close synthesis of the givens of the Christian culture about the angels and demons, as systematized in its crucial rules by means of St. Thomas Aquinas. definitely, the doctrine of angels and demons isn't really on the center of Christian religion, yet its position is way from negligible. at the one hand, as a part of religion looking realizing, 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 basic parts of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. nonetheless, angelology, insofar because it is inseparable from the ensemble of the Christian secret (from the doctrine of construction to the Christian realizing of the non secular life), may be anticipated from an unique and fruitful standpoint.

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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. Angelic mediation confers on the Law—“the message declared by angels” (Hb 2:2)—great value and a formidable aspect, but the Law cannot prevail over the Gospel, which was promulgated directly by Christ, the Son. “The Gospel is to the Law what Christ is to the angels.

72. Concerning Asmodeus, see Kornfeld, “Satan (et démons),” 12. org/terms 2 Angels and Demons in the New Testament Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. —Revelation 12:7–8 This passage from the book of Revelation sets the scene with two antagonistic, well-structured worlds, and it proclaims the good news of the definitive victory of God and his angels, for the benefit of mankind, over the demonic world: “The accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God” (Rv 12:10).

During the intertestamental period, the rather hazy, fluid world of demonic phenomena solidified and became structured. 12 In fact, he has under his orders the demons or unclean spirits that are “legion” (Mk 5:9). Christ speaks about “the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt 25:41). The demons are indeed “the messengers” or “the angels of Satan”;13 when Jesus Christ is accused of driving out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of For the book of Revelation, the idolatrous cult of the emperor is a satanic enterprise, and the places for its ceremonies are called “Satan’s throne” (2:13).

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