Angels of Light?: Sanctity and the Discernment of Spirits in by Clare Copeland

By Clare Copeland

"And no wonder; for devil himself is remodeled into an angel of light." (2 Corinthians 11:14) Paul's caution of fake apostles and fake righteousness struck a unique chord within the interval of the eu Reformations. At no different time used to be the necessity for the discernment of spirits felt as strongly as during this newly confessional age. greater than ever, the facility to determine was once a mark of holiness and failure the made from demonic temptation. The contributions to this quantity chart person responses to an issue on the center of spiritual id. They exhibit that the matter of discernment used to be no longer exclusively a Catholic difficulty and was once a topic for authors and artists up to for prophets and visionaries.

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11 Convinced that the theories should be shaped around the facts rather than vice versa, they reversed the epistemologies of the Middle Ages with their reverence for tradition and authority. Paradoxically perhaps, the rise of empiricism would provoke more energetic pursuit of tales of the exotic or extraordinary than any movement of thought before it. Many of the empiricists of the seventeenth century were not disinterested investigators. They sought far and wide for evidence which might definitively prove the existence of the spirit world, denouncing the scepticism and alleged atheism of their opponents.

2nd ed. (The Hague, 1728), vol. 1, cols. 37–43; also Paschal Boland, The Concept of Discretio Spirituum in John Gerson’s “De probatione spirituum” and “De distinctione verarum visionum a falsis” (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1959). 1 18 EUAN CAMERON stances the act of “discernment” rather resembled cultural control. The Church discerned that a particular kind of creature could not exist in the way in which traditional lore assumed. Therefore stories about it had to be fitted into or assimilated to the theologically approved dualistic structure of angels and demons (and usually, in case of even the least ambiguity, to the latter).

In veteri Testamento pueri erant: ideo sicut ceremoniis externis, sic etiam externis apparationibus angelorum egebant ad sui consolationem. Nunc incarnato Christo et ANGELS, DEMONS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN 39 It is interesting that Zanchi took for granted that apparitions of angels were indeed almost non-existent in the sixteenth century. In some Lutheran territories just such angelic apparitions were reported by excited and concerned laypeople, to the consternation of the Lutheran authorities in those areas.

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