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The Angel Figure in Religion, Psychology and Myth
Looks at three theoretical constructs, relating to religion, psychology and mythology, to explain the angel figure.
# 153392 | 8,955 words | 19 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 28, 2013 in Literature (Mythology) , Psychology (Jung) , Philosophy (Religion)

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This paper investigates the appearance and interpretation of the angel figure through three theoretical constructs: monotheistic doctrine, the collective unconscious and myth-based individualized manifestations. The paper presents the traditional monotheistic religious doctrine of the angel figure as expressed by Saint Thomas Aquinas, the collective unconscious as Jungian concepts of the archetype and the myth as symbolic of spiritual powers within the individual and as a semiotic symbol of human consciousness. The paper emphasizes that the angel figure serves as the representation of the dichotomy between good and evil, which helps better reveal the working of the human psyche works.

Table of Contents:
Introduction and Thesis Statement
Monotheistic Doctrine
Religion and Philosophy
Collective Unconscious
Myth-Based Individualized Manifestations

From the Paper:

"These spiritual beings which can take the form of a human body are a proof of God's infinite power. The purposes of their creation vary from serving and worshiping God to protecting the people who believe in him an d behave justly. From this point of view, it is safe to assert that their role is also to convince the less devout people to get closer to that which we call real faith. The teachings in the "The unseen world" are very subtle and profound. Believing in angels actually means admitting the existence of the spirit, of spiritual entities. If such entities can exist, then it is much easier to conceive and accept that a part of the human being is also of spiritual nature. That spiritual nature is part of the divine dimension and therefore can not die. Under these circumstances, the concepts of life after death, just as those of paradise versus hell become acceptable. It is quite unusual for a person who understands and truly believes all these things to choose evil. It is from this point of view that one may attempt to explain why the angel figure is so important for the dogma that lies at the basis of the Catholic Church."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adler, Mortimer Jerome.The angels and us . New York: Macmillan, 1982.
  • Aquinas, St. Thomas .St. Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica. Allen: Christian Classics, 1981.
  • Aquinas, St. Thomas. Truth: [By] St. Thomas Aquinas . 1952. Reprint, Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackett Publishing, 1994.
  • Angels in Sunna Info, Retrieved April 10, 2011 from
  • Campbell, Joseph. The hero with a thousand face. 2nd ed. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1979.

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