Demons, Evil, and Liminality in Cappadocian Theology

  title={Demons, Evil, and Liminality in Cappadocian Theology},
  author={Morwenna 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… Expand
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