Against the Darkness: The Doctrine of Angels, Satan, and Demons

Against the Darkness: The Doctrine of Angels, Satan, and Demons

Product Code: 9781433533150

Cole, Graham A | Crossway


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Many Christians live as though they are effectively alone. However, there is another realm of intelligent life that plays a role in the world—angelic beings. This book explores the doctrine of angels and demons, answering key questions about their nature and the implications for Christians’ beliefs and behavior, helping readers see their place in the larger biblical plotline that includes supernatural beings. An understanding of the reality of angels and demons encourages believers to be vigilant in the light of spiritual warfare and to be confident in Christ’s victory on the cross.

272 pages

Part of the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series

“The structure of this book contributes to its appeal. The nine chapters cover the theological meat of the theme, the five excursuses address such sidebars as the meaning of Genesis 6:1–4 and how to test the spirits, and the three appendices survey adjacent but highly relevant themes (how these themes are treated in Islam on the one hand, and in various Christian creeds on the other). The book is comprehensive and edifying—and more important than one might initially think, in a culture that wants to be touched by an angel.”
D. A. Carson, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition

Table of Contents:

Series Introduction

1. Introduction

2. Angels, Their Kinds, and Heavenly Activity
Excursus: The Nature of Spirit

3. Angels, Their Activity on Earth with Individuals and Nations
Excursus: Angelophany

4. Satan, the Malevolent Spoiler

5. Demons, the Devil’s Entourage
Excursus: Genesis 6:1-4 and the Methodological Question

6. Jesus, Christus Victor

7. Spiritual Warfare
Excursus: How to Test the Spirits

8. The Destiny of the Darkness and the Victory of the Light
Excursus: The Archangel Michael and the Man of Lawlessness

9. Conclusion

Appendix 1: The Creation Manifold 
Appendix 2: Angels, Iblis and Jinn in Islam
Appendix 3: Creeds, Articles of Faith, Catechisms, and Confessions
Further Reading
Scripture Index
General Index

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