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 assumption within the life of middleman spirits among the human and divine geographical regions should be evangelized and Christianized. Angels and Demons deals an in depth synthesis of the givens of the Christian culture about the angels and demons, as systematized in its crucial rules by way of St. Thomas Aquinas. definitely, the doctrine of angels and demons isn't on the center of Christian religion, yet its position is much from negligible. at the one hand, as a part of religion looking knowing, 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 primary parts of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. nevertheless, angelology, insofar because it is inseparable from the ensemble of the Christian secret (from the doctrine of production to the Christian figuring out of the non secular life), might be predicted from an unique and fruitful viewpoint.
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For example, the commandment to attach small bells to the high priest’s garments reflects a very common belief in the power of bells to drive off demons (Ex 28:33–35); again the reference to the Destroyer (Ex 12:23) refers back to a pre-biblical Passover ritual in which the destroyer is a demon that threatens flocks and family and that blood drives away. 57. See the episode of the sorceress of En-dor in 1 Sm 28; compare Is 8:19. 58. It is difficult to draw the line between maleficent animals (serpents, lions, dogs) and demons.
52 There is nothing of the sort (theoretically) in Israel. 53 Monotheism forbids any dualism. That said, the Old Testament acknowledges evil powers at the edges of existence. Hebrew has no collective term to designate what we today call demons—in other words, wicked superhuman beings. The term demon (daimon) therefore comes from Greek. ”54 The LXX, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, applies this term daimon in a negative sense to various maleficent realities to which the Old Testament bears witness, from the Qeteb [destruction] that wastes at noonday (Ps 91:6) to the gods of the nations (Ps 96:5).
They live in cemeteries (Mk 5:3), unleash their rage against themselves and against others. They are tormented by the evil spirit who drives them to suicidal acts (Mk 9:22). In short, a possessed person is like a dead man walking. 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).