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 - Sep 2020


  • evil
  • demons


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