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Milton's AngelsThe Early-Modern Imagination$
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Joad Raymond

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560509.001.0001

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Conversations with Angels: The Pordages and their Angelical World

Conversations with Angels: The Pordages and their Angelical World

(p.125) 5 Conversations with Angels: The Pordages and their Angelical World
Milton's Angels

Raymond Joad

Oxford University Press

Angels became less integral to the religious experiences of Ann Bathurst and John Pordage, though the spiritual journey of both begins with revelations by angels. Similarly, the tenor of the Philadelphians after Pordage's death, under the spiritual leadership of Jane Lead and Francis Lee, is less vibrant with experimental theology, visionary communication, and the occult. Angels are real, but they are objects of contemplation. They remain a dimension of the spiritual, a spiritual world that coexists with the real, material, or lower world. But the theology becomes a great deal more businesslike than Pordage was in the 1650s. What began with manuscripts of ritual magic, enthusiasm, antinomianism, and space travel made way for Philadelphianism, which in turn made way for Pietism.

Keywords:   John Pordage, angelical world, Ann Bathurst, Pietism

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