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    DescriptionMortimer Adler has always been ahead of his time. In 1982, before the current revival of interest in angels, Dr. Adler published "The Angels and Us," an engaging look at the various images and hierarchies of angels (including guardian angels). Dr. Adler, the bestselling author of "Ten Philosophical Mistakes," "Aristotle for Everybody," and "The Great Ideas," speculates on the existence of angels; why Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe in angels, and the ways angels have been viewed as objects of religious belief and philosophical thought. This is a wonderfully enlightening work on the affinities between angels and human beings.


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    Title
    Angels and Us
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mortimer J. Adler
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 290 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780020300656
    ISBN 10: 0020300654
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HRC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.1
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HPC
    BISAC V2.8: PHI022000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25420
    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC, TOPC/ANGELS, RELI/ISLAM, THEO/SECULR
    BISAC V2.8: EDU024000
    ECPA Christian Book Category: THLTHOPHL
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    DC22: 235/.3
    LC classification: BT962 .A35 1993
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000, REL017000, REL067010
    DC22: 235.3
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC12A: 191
    LC classification: 93001377
    BISAC V2.8: REL051000, REL036000
    Thema V1.0: QDHR, QRM, QRVG, QRAB, QRAC, GBC, JN
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    Collier Paperbacks,U.S.
    Publication date
    19 September 1993
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review text
    A curious, mildly interesting survey of angelology. As a "modem pagan," Adler looks at angels not as objects of devotion but as intriguing philosophico-theological constructs. Regardless of whether they actually exist, angels allow us to toy with the possibility of disembodied minds and, says Adler, serve as a device for detecting spiritualistic fallacies in psychology, politics, linguistics, etc. Adler gives a clear enough precis of the vast tradition on angels (sensibly choosing Thomas Aquinas as its classic expositor), but many readers will no doubt balk at taking the imaginative leap of admitting even the potential reality of pure spirits. Hobbes argued that the very idea of incorporeal substance is as much a contradiction in terms as a round square, and Adler never really refutes him. (Adler characteristically neglects the mythological - and highly unspiritual - origins of biblical angels; knowing, for example, that cherubs were once tutelary gods of Baby-Ion, winged beasts with human faces, makes one wonder about their subsequent etherealization.) Still, there's merit in Adler's comparison of angelology with mathematics: both are self-consistent systems based on certain unprovable assumptions. And there's some speculative fun to be had thinking about angels, as when Adler suggests that an angel can occupy a body in physical space without leaving heaven, "just as a corporation that has its legal residence in Delaware can act in Honolulu without leaving the state in which it is incorporated." Adler's concluding thrusts at angelism in the work of various thinkers (Plato, Descartes, et al.) score direct hits, at rather close range. All in all, a dry but informative little study. (Kirkus Reviews)
    Back cover copy
    Mortimer Adler has always been ahead of his time. In 1982, before the current revival of interest in angels, Dr. Adler published "The Angels and Us", an engaging look at the various images and hierarchies of angels (including guardian angels). Dr. Adler, the bestselling author of "Ten Philosophical Mistakes", "Aristotle for Everybody", and "The Great Ideas", speculates on the existence of angels; why Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe in angels, and the ways angels have been viewed as objects of religious belief and philosophical thought. This is a wonderfully enlightening work on the affinities between angels and human beings.