From: George Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Oct 17 2002 - 08:02:02 EDT
> > 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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