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Angels

David Albert Jones.

October 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 168 pages.

Angels: A Very Short Introduction outlines prominent stories and speculations about angels in Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and post-Christian spiritualties. What are angels? Where were...

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A brief history of angels

David Albert Jones.

in Angels

October 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 3691 words.

The story of Abraham and the angels is one of the first mentions of angels in the Hebrew scriptures. The story is over three thousand years old. There are many renditions of this story and...

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Conclusion

Darren Oldridge.

in The Devil

May 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 913 words.

The Devil is represented in history, literature and theology as a figure of darkness and malice. He is the — often appealing — excuse for the bad things that happen in life. Just as some...

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Depicting the Devil

in The Devil

May 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 4777 words.

‘Depicting the Devil’ is challenging for writers, artists and filmmakers. In Goethe's Faust, Mephistopheles' character is conveyed in words of nullity and darkness. Milton's Paradise Lost...

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The Devil

Darren Oldridge.

May 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 144 pages.

Focussing specifically on the Christian Devil, The Devil: A Very Short Introduction explores the many guises and roles he played in the Bible. He has fascinated writers and theologians...

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The Devil and humankind

in The Devil

May 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 8053 words.

What is the relationship between ‘The Devil and humankind’? In the 16th and 17th centuries, Satan's kingdom is described as the demonic inversion of goodness. He is an anti-God and his son...

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The Devil today

in The Devil

May 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 3736 words.

Who believes in ‘The Devil today’? Satan retains an important role in many faith communities in the Western world. Elsewhere he survives as a key figure in popular culture. Advertisers...

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Divine messengers

David Albert Jones.

in Angels

October 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 4692 words.

Angel (malach) is a Hebrew word meaning messenger. It means the same in Arabic and Greek. The tradition of angels begins with an encounter of an angel as a messenger. Augustine sees the...

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Fallen angels

David Albert Jones.

in Angels

October 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 6208 words.

If the forces of light are angels, what are the forces of darkness? Where do they come from? Led by the Devil, they were originally good angels who rebelled and turned against God. These...

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Heavenly hosts

David Albert Jones.

in Angels

October 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 6560 words.

What is the significance of Jacob's vision of a ladder between heaven and earth? Why does it occur in a dream? This idea of ascending and descending on Jacob's ladder is a frequently used...

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Introduction

in The Devil

May 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 5688 words.

The ‘Introduction’ explores the Devil's identity. Is he the evil in all of us? Or a metaphor for pain and destruction? In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, he is a living being who...

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Ministering spirits

David Albert Jones.

in Angels

October 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 3364 words.

‘Ministering spirits’ relates the story of Archangel Raphael to the image of an angel. Why is the story of Raphael as told in the book of Tobit not in some Bibles? It finds a place in Roman...

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Picturing angels

David Albert Jones.

in Angels

October 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 5413 words.

‘Picturing angels’ looks at the development of angels in art as a whole and religious art through history. The traditional depiction of angles has been largely shaped by Christian artists....

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A short history of Satan

in The Devil

May 2012; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 8432 words.

‘A short history of Satan’ traces the history of the Christian Devil from the New Testament, through the Middle Ages and Reformation, to his significance today. The Devil who confronts...

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What is an angel?

David Albert Jones.

in Angels

October 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 4091 words.

Angels are not gods, they are spiritual servants of a single Creator. Some historians argue that belief in angels represents a compromise with polytheism. There is a common agreement that...

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Wrestling with angels

David Albert Jones.

in Angels

October 2011; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience. 2099 words.

The title ‘wrestling with angels’ has been adopted for several collections of poems and short stories, and other diverse works. Such works of art and literature depict a spiritual struggle...

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