This week we’ll begin to discuss Angels:
We’re using the “Handbook of Apologetics” by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli to go over the arguments for the existence of God.
Today, we will be covering the above subject in relation to God. Dr. Kreeft teaches logic in two major universities, so his arguments tend to be clear, concise and very helpful.
Popular books on angels are now suddenly very fashionable (though serious religious and theological books are not). This is clearly because “nature abhors a vacuum” spiritually as well as physically. Pop spirituality rushes in to fill a religious need. And in the devotional lives of many ordinary Christians there can be no doubt that belief in angels has grown cold. Why is that? There seem to be several reasons.
To many, such belief seems a distraction from the central fact of revelation—the victory of Christ over sin and death. And not a few associate devotion to angels with superstition, fanaticism and that standard example of vain theological dispute: How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? (Or is it: How many pins can stick in the head of an angel?)
We do not intend to argue directly against this trend. We wish merely to note it—and to note that Jesus and his disciples shared a different view. So in this section we state, briefly and simply, the traditional Christian teaching on angels, and suggest why a strong belief in them can help both our devotion to Christ and our understanding of the world he redeemed.
Kreeft, P., & Tacelli, R. K. (1994). Handbook of Christian apologetics: hundreds of answers to crucial questions (pp. 114–115). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.