Introduction: Protestant Angels, Poets, the Imagination
Angels were very much alive in Protestant Britain. Angels appear in systematic theology, practical divinity, sermons, scriptural annotations, devotional writings, catechisms, prayers, and a small number of expository works dedicated to elaborating the theology of angels; but also in secular genres, including commonplace books, political treatises, newsbooks, political pamphlets, and poetry. The language of angels and spirits, as metaphors or rhetorical devices, spreads into all modes of writings. One of the subordinate themes of this book is the close association between angels and Protestant theories of representation. The imagination, with the gift of the spirit, enables the author to write truthfully of heavenly things. It is this faith that gave interest in angels such life in early modern Britain, especially in the mid-seventeenth century.
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