Religion: The Trouble with Angels

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them . . . and they were sore afraid ... And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke: 2:9, 13-14

Everybody knows the scene: the star-tied shepherds on the hillside looking up, awestruck, to a bright cloud in which floats a bevy of willowy women, winged, golden-haired and equipped with elongated trumpets. These, naturally, are angels. Or are they? In the current issue of the Roman Catholic monthly The Sign,...

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