Demons, Evil, and Liminality in Cappadocian Theology

  title={Demons, Evil, and Liminality in Cappadocian Theology},
  author={M. Ludlow},
  journal={Journal of Early Christian Studies},
  pages={179 - 211}
  • M. Ludlow
  • Published 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
  • Despite the growing literature on demons in late antiquity, there has been no detailed study of demons in Cappadocian theology. This paper argues that demons occupy a liminal place in Cappadocian cosmology: demons were personal, rational beings, who were created good, fell from their original state, and became locked into an irreversible habit of willing evil, which contradicted but parasitically co-existed with their nature as part of God's good creation. This liminal status explains demons… CONTINUE READING
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