on 11 May 2003
I would imaging for most people a book about angels would seem either whimsical, irrelevant or simply pointless. However Williams unpacks in this totally accessible book why belief in angels in not unreasonable, why angelogy is an important aspect of Christianity and what the evidence is.
In the first chapter of this Williams deals with some of the fundemental objections to possibility of the existance of angels. Principally he explains the concept of naturalism (that the physical world is all that there is) and argues strongly as to why this isn't the case, and how the belief in the existance of spiritual beings and intelligent reason are not mutually exclusive. In order to do this he briefly examines the philosophical arguements for God. As many of the arguements for angels and God are the same or related. All this establishes what Williams terms 'angleic possibility' - the reasoned arguements that the existance of angels is possible.
In further chapters the issue of what angels are like, and their significance in biblical theology are explored, along with evidential justification that angels do in fact exist.
For many people philosophy is seen as a difficult and pointless intellectual discipline. Williams' great tallent is for demonstrating the relevance of philosophy and in making it accessible to anyone who hasn't studied it as he has.
If this recommendation is not enough, then the fact that Willaim Dembski wrote the forward to this book ought to be a clear indication of how useful a little book this is.