Angels occupy a significant space in contemporary popular spirituality. Yet, today more than ever, the belief in the existence of intermediary spirits between the human and divine realms needs to be evangelized and Christianized. Angels and Demons offers a detailed synthesis of the givens of the Christian tradition concerning the angels and demons, as systematized in its essential principles by St. Thomas Aquinas. Certainly, the doctrine of angels and demons is not at the heart of Christian faith, but its place is far from negligible. On the one hand, as part of faith seeking understanding, angelology has been and can continue to be a source of enrichment for philosophy. Thus, reflection on the ontological constitution of the angel, on the modes of angelic knowledge, and on the nature of the sin of Satan can engage and shed light on the most fundamental areas of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. On the other hand, angelology, insofar as it is inseparable from the ensemble of the Christian mystery (from the doctrine of creation to the Christian understanding of the spiritual life), can be envisioned from an original and fruitful perspective.
Father Serge-Thomas Bonino is a renowned European theologian and highly regarded expert in Thomist thought, both philosophical and theological. He is the current Secretary of the International Theological Commission. To date very little of his work has been translated into English. This book is a comprehensive philosophical and theological investigation of angels and demons and is unquestionably the most comprehensive book on this neglected topic written since the Second Vatican Council.
"Students of angelology will be pleased, not only with the many footnotes that accompany the book, but also with the rich bibliography at the end of the text… Undoubtedly, his book will be a solid reference for not only theologians, priests, permanent deacons, and seminarians, but also for anyone who works in the apostolate. What's more, it will help not only educated people to discover their own true identity and the basis for their human dignity; but it will also provide a clear orientations and a solid foundation for making progress in the spiritual life."~Titus Kieninger ORC
""In giving us a concise but penetrating analysis of St. Thomas’ use of Song of Songs through the use of a meticulous investigation of all the references, Fr. Bonino has given Thomistic scholarship a new method and a new impetus which promises to bare more fruits in the future.""~European Journal for the Study of Thomas Aquinas