Fallen Angels: Soldiers of Satan's Realm

Fallen Angels: Soldiers of Satan's Realm

Fallen Angels: Soldiers of Satan's Realm

Fallen Angels: Soldiers of Satan's Realm

Synopsis

Fantastic myths about the angels who were lured to sin and the proud angel who rebelled against God and was cast down as Satan. The problem of evil has challenged mankind ever since the dawn of intelligence. Why is there evil in the world and why do pain and suffering come upon those who do not seem to deserve it? Written in a simple, popular style, Bamberger's book, first published in 1952, will appeal to anyone who, no matter what his own answer to the question may be, is curious to learn how it has been answered in the past or is being answered by others in our own age. The author traces the history of the belief in fallen angels in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and assembles a variety of tales and superstitions- some grotesque, others quaint and humorous. His presentation also reveals a basic divergence between Judaism and Christianity in their respective attitudes toward the devil. The concluding chapter of the work deals with the return of the devil to prominence in contemporary religious thought and shows how Judaism seeks its own solution to the problem of evil. The book contains an extensive bibliography, notes, and index.

Excerpt

Everyone likes tales of adventure. A more mature taste finds interest in the study of character and the development of personality. This book, however, traces the evolution of an idea and its adventures through the centuries.

The study of ideas may be both interesting and practical: it is important to know, for example, how the democracy of Franklin D. Roosevelt differed from the democracy of Thomas Jefferson. But what value can there be in the history of a mythological idea, a belief in angels, and in sinful angels at that? Can such a story be of interest to anyone but a student of antiquity or a dabbler in the curious vagaries of the human mind?

An obvious answer is: The myth of the rebel angels has had a great influence on world literature. The figure of Prometheus . . .

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