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CHAPTER V.

OF ANGELS.1313The doctrinal writers differ from one another in assigning a place for this topic. Some, as QUEN. and HOLL., place it next in order to that of Creation, others to that of Providence. CAL. (IV, 2) thus expresses himself in regard to the place which should be assigned to it: “The discussion concerning angels may be presented either in connection with the works of creation, as is commonly done, when it prefaces the doctrine of Divine Providence; or, it may be presented in connection with the topic of Divine Providence, inasmuch as this embraces also the angels, and besides, employs them, as its ministers, in the government of men, both to bless and to punish them. The latter place seems the more appropriate since, under the head of the creation by God, one cannot so suitably treat of the apostasy of angels, or of the establishment of the good angels in truth and concreated holiness: these matters more appropriately belong to the topic concerning the Providence of God.”


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