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 nation-states should be evangelized and Christianized. Angels and Demons deals an in depth synthesis of the givens of the Christian culture in regards to the angels and demons, as systematized in its crucial ideas via St. Thomas Aquinas. definitely, the doctrine of angels and demons isn't really on the middle 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 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 production to the Christian realizing of the non secular life), could be estimated from an unique and fruitful perspective.
Father Serge-Thomas Bonino is a popular eu theologian and extremely popular specialist in Thomist suggestion, either philosophical and theological. he's the present Secretary of the overseas Theological fee. so far little or no of his paintings has been translated into English. This publication is a entire philosophical and theological research of angels and demons and is definitely the main complete booklet in this ignored subject written because the moment Vatican Council.
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Rv 12:10–13) For this purpose, Satan exploits the powers of this world—for example, the Roman Empire, which is “the Beast” of Revelation 13. He makes use of the resistance of the “self-styled Jews,” who are therefore described as the “Synagogue of Satan” (Rv 2:9). 37 He strives, through temptation, to separate every believer from Christ, to snatch the Word from his heart lest he believe and be saved (Lk 8:12). And so the sacred authors warn Christians to be on guard against diabolical activity: “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour” (1 Pt 5:8).
J. S. Bowden (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1965), 52–61. 49. Along this line, in which the angels are connected with the economy of the Old Covenant, which prepared for the coming of the Son, St. Thomas Aquinas, restating a common patristic theme, explains that the angelic manifestations of the Old Testament were like prefigurations of the mystery of the Incarnation; see ST I, q. 51, a. 2, ad 1: “[The fact] that angels assumed bodies under the Old Law was a figurative indication that the Word of God would take a human body; because all the apparitions in the Old Testament were ordained to that one whereby the Son of God appeared in the flesh” [Hoc etiam quod angeli corpora assumpserunt in Veteri Testamento, fuit quoddam figurale indicium quod Verbum Dei assumpturum esset corpus humanum: omnes enim apparitiones Veteris Testamenti ad illam apparitionem ordinatae fuerunt, qua Filius Dei apparuit in carne].
43. See Jean Daniélou, chap. 4, “The Trinity and Angelology,” in The Theology of Jewish Christianity, trans. John A. Baher (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1964), 117– 46; Crispin H. T. Fletcher-Louis, Luke-Acts: Angels, Christology and Soteriology, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1997). Besides the absorption of angelic mediation by Christology, there is also a more subdued pneumatological absorption. Among some Christians, the Holy Spirit is thought of in terms of ancient angelological concepts (see Daniélou, Theology of Jewish Christianity, 141–45) and at the same time takes on functions that formerly belonged to the angels.