Thursday, February 3, 2011
What Is It About Angels and Devils?
I won't review it here now, I'll be doing that on Goodreads shortly. What I do want to discuss is the subject matter.
What intelligent person doesn't have questions about God, creation and Heaven and Hell? We want to know. We can believe, that is the miracle of faith but I think we also want very much to know, to have all the answers to all the many questions we have. Perhaps it for this reason alone these kinds of books are as popular as they are.
That aside, I am fascinated by good and evil and the constant battle between the two. Angels might be God's foot soldiers, His helpmates. They know what He wants to do and they will do it without Him even asking. And He's pleased with his children of light.
They either exist or they don't. We can believe or not. What I am delighted about is they have become popular subject matter for fiction along with their evil counterpart.
Having them interact with characters we create is terrific. Having them then spar with one another good against bad is mind blowing.
As this is going on, in its very depiction, we are challenged as to what we believe.
If there be monsters then there also be angels to save us. If one thing comes from hell the other surely comes from Heaven.
Mightn't Heaven realistically or symbollically be there with the promise of salvation? And if it is, surely the characters we create fight the most important battles we can possibly imagine, conflicts that really mean something!