Angels Among Us

Suddenly the heavenly host is upon us, and in the New Age a grass-roots revolution of the spirit has all sorts of people asking all sorts of questions about angels

What idea is more beguiling than the notion of lightsome spirits, free of time and space and human weakness, hovering between us and all harm? To believe in angels is to allow the universe to be at once mysterious and benign. Even people who refuse to believe in them may long to be proved wrong.

Christmas may not be the time to judge the popularity of angels; this is, even among skeptics, the season when we pay attention. We make them in snowdrifts, hang them on trees, bake them on cookies, play them in pageants. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a gold...

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