A Visible and Invisible History
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'In a 2016 poll, one in 10 Britons claimed to have experienced the presence of an angel, while one in three remain convinced that they have a guardian angel. These are huge numbers and mean that, on some counts, angels are doing better than God.' In the secular, sceptical, post-Christian world of the West, continuing faith in angels is both anomaly and comfort. But what exactly are angels, and why have so many in different times and contexts around the globe believed in them? What is their history and role in the great faiths and beyond their walls? Are angels something real, a manifestation of divine concern? Or part of the poetry of religion? And can they continue to illuminate a deeper truth about human existence and the cosmos? These are not new questions. They have been asked over millennia, right up to the present day, as writer, journalist and broadcaster Peter Stanford explores in Angels, his latest investigation into the history, theology and cultural significance of religious ideas. 'There is no better navigator through the space in which art, culture and spirituality meet than Peter Stanford' Cole Moreton, Independent on Sunday
Peter Stanford introduces 'Angels'
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an exhilarating trip . . . Peter Stanford has done his homework and, with his customary wit and lightness of touch, he punctuates the scholarship with anecdote and great quotes * Piers Plowright, Camden New Journal * 'an intriguing exploration of the many roles that angels have played in spiritual life' * Nick Rennison, Sunday Times * 'There is so much to be said about angels and Stanford does an admirable job of organising his material. Everything the average reader could possibly want to know is here'. * Blanche Girouard: Standpoint * 'Peter Stanford's history of angels is comprehensive and scholarly and he writes like, well, an angel. I also love the way he leavens the textual archaeology and theology with references to modern cultural portrayals of angels' * Jonathan Margolis: Jewish Chronicle * 'riveting...a grand tour of all things angelic...taking in history, art, theology...impressive as well as readable'. * Fergus Butler-Gallie: The Times * 'an absolutely outstanding book - unlike anything I've ever read before'. * Paul Ross: talkRadio * 'The book has changed my life, as I now think about angels all the time and keep spotting them in paintings, on book jackets and in the verses of hymns... If you concentrate, you'll be taken on a thrilling journey through theological discussion, with a generous helping of art history thrown in... Stanford is a brilliant art-history teacher.' * The Spectator *