Re: St. Michael, angels, and opponents

From: George Murphy (
Date: Thu Oct 17 2002 - 08:02:02 EDT

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    bivalve wrote:
    > > I would suggest that if anyone wants to reflect on this topic
    > >it would be best - for several reasons - to bracket off the question
    > >of _evil_ angels, at least to begin with.<
    > As far as speculations on their scientific aspects go, the available
    > information does not seem to me to be too different, given the
    > difference in goals. The topic does have certain potential for
    > tangents, though......................
    My reasons for suggesting at least temporary bracketing are:
            1) The belief that demons & angels are the same type of
    entity - i.e., that
    demons are fallen angels - needs more careful examination than it is
    often given. The
    biblical texts that it's based on make use of mythological language &
    in at least one
    case (Is.14:12-14) have simply been misinterpreted.
            2) There is indeed "certain potential for tangents" - namely,
                    a. issues of theodicy &
                    b. questions about magic, occult practice, &c.


    George L. Murphy

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