Angels and Scientific Theory

I like what Gilson said here,

“To disregard them [angels] destroys the balance of the universe” (Gilson, *Christian Philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas,* p. 160).

Part of the temptation to ignore them is that many Christians are reacting to the new age movement. But Gilson/Milbank pointed out why angelogy is necessary.

The study of angels helps clarify our understanding of beings who are not humanoids (and also excluding the class of mammals entirely) but are not God(s), either.

Interestingly, John Milbank, following Catholic Jean-Luc Marion, suggested that their could be other “beings” within different folds of our reality. He points to the early Irish theologians for examples.

Milbank writes,

*Recently Celtic scholar John Carey has shown how perfectly orthodox Irish poet-theologians of the very early Middle Ages contrsued the Celtic gods as semi-fallen angels or else as unfallen human beings still mysteriously present in our world, as well as in some cases as evil demons (the more usual option elsewhere). Indeed, few people up till the seventeenth century were so naive as to suppose that Venus simply “does not exist,” while the resurrected Jesus simply “does exist.” People in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance much more tended to acknowledge different levels of reality: for residually surviving gods, for angels, and for God himself*


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