Demonologie voor de modern mens?

Translated title of the contribution: Demonology for modern people

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    Denial of the existence of demons is a hallmark of the modern worldview.
    Twentieth-century theology tried to adapt Biblical texts about demons to modernity
    by interpreting them as mythical expressions for medical and socio-political
    phenomena or for the existential Angst with regard to unimaginable evil. Karl
    Barth opts for a soteriological approach. The question if demons (or angels)
    exist as intelligent and free spiritual beings is usually ignored, side-stepped or
    answered negatively. This paper argues that medieval angelology offers important
    methodological and metaphysical insights for addressing the question, though it
    cannot by itself remove the anxiety the question evokes for the modern worldview
    Translated title of the contributionDemonology for modern people
    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)261-276
    Number of pages15
    JournalCollationes: Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Theologie en Pastoraal
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


    • evil
    • demons


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