A Catalogue of Angels: The Heavenly, the Fallen, and the Holy Ones Among Us (Paperback)Vinita Hampton Wright (author)
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We think of angels as winged creatures with supernatural powers that assist us when we are in danger. Where did that image of wings come from? how much contact is possible between humans and angels? Popular novelist Vinita Hampton Wright answers these and other questions in this illuminating and richly informative guide to angels in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Explore the origin and nature of angels, where they dwell, what they do, and how they relate to humanity. Discover what the three Abrahamic faiths have to say about fallen angels (or demons), and see how doctrine and theology sometimes merge with legend and superstition. Included at the book's end is an encyclopedia of terms and names that will enlighten the study of angelic beings in the religions of the world.
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 284 g
Dimensions: 203 x 137 x 10 mm
"While the second half of this book is a catalog of brief entries on all things angelic (including demons), the more interesting chapters explore the history and traditions regarding angels in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, including the mystical wings of each religion. Wright (Dwelling Places) defines angels as God's servants, working to praise, guide, protect, and intercede between humans and God. Acknowledging the incomprehensibility of angels, Wright grounds her text in the extensive history of belief in these beings, including accounts by individuals claiming direct experience with them. Wright is a believer who feels a disconnect from the current angel fad, but it is just the followers of that fad who are her main audience. This book will speak to anyone who finds comfort in the idea that special beings are looking after us. For all public libraries." -San Diego Library Journal
"A critical study of . . . angels? Novelist and theologian Wright shows that such a thing is possible by placing the angelology of the three Abrahamic faiths alongside one another. Many of the stories from other faiths will preach right away. For example, some Jews believe that not only does each human have a guardian angel, but so does every single blade of grass. Muslims hold that an angel is responsible for our digestion, and that an angel is involved in the formation of each drop of rain. Much of the book is a running commentary on Thomas Aquinas's theology of angels-including his rationale for angels having some sort of body and so being unable to be in two places at the same time. (It was this discussion that led to the mock theological question of how many angels can balance on the head of a pin.) This book shows what Protestants lost by deemphasizing angels." -Christian Century
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