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#1 Paul C

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 04:32 AM

Greetings to all in Christ,

I was just reading a passage from St. Justin Martyr's Second Apology that describes the origin and nature of Angels and Demons, and it seemed a bit...off to me.

Here is the passage at CCEL: http://www.ccel.org/...viii.iii.v.html

To paraphrase, he says that demons are the result of lust between Angels and human women. The demons (spawn of humans and Angels) then subdued the human race and instilled in them sinful actions and improper worship. He also draws some connection between Angels/demons and the Roman pagan gods, but I can't quite figure this part out.

From my understanding, this is not quite the Orthodox Christian teaching on the relationship between Angels, demons, and humans. Is it? I often have trouble with writings of Church Fathers and Saints that do not seem to be in line with Orthodox thought, but this one in particular caught my attention.

A more general question might be, what is the relationship between Angels, demons, and humans, and how do we know about this relationship?

In Christ

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