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 area in modern well known spirituality. but, this day greater than ever, the assumption within the life 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 rules through 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 figuring out, angelology has been and will remain 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 components 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 knowing of the non secular life), will be expected from an unique and fruitful point of view.

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Paris: V. org/terms The New Testament 35 The victory was not won without combat. Satan stubbornly insists on preventing the coming of the kingdom in Jesus. ”31 The Gospel of John underscores the invisible but decisive activity of Satan in the Passion. He is the one who pulls the strings. 33 The Passion is from a certain perspective Satan’s hour, his kairos—“And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time (kairos)” (Lk 4:13). He displays then his homicidal will.

55. See Mt 13:41, 16:27, 24:31. 56. For example, in his Études sur l’oeuvre de Luc, 149–83, George clearly showed the close connections between Luke’s angelology and the specific major themes of his theology. 57. In Luke, the role of the messenger angel is compared to that of the apostle and witness. One always comes to faith in Jesus Christ through the mediation of a third party. org/terms The New Testament 41 ony in Gethsemane (Lk 22:43), then they announce his Resurrection as he had foretold (Lk 24:4: Resurrexit sicut dixit) and they are present at his Ascension (Acts 1:10).

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). 7. ” The devil is also called “[the one] who has the power of death” (Hb 2:14). 8. ” 9. For example, the pagan religions (see 1 Cor 10:20) or perverse political structures. org/terms The New Testament 31 This dominion of the devil is therefore as universal as sin: “The whole world is in the power of the Evil One” (1 Jn 5:19).

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