Wednesday, January 27, 2010

An interesting thought on angels, or rather our image of them

A commenter on, writing about how angels are portrayed in popular culture, wrote this:

I've observed that archangels are usually portrayed as wearing Roman armor (with wings) because that was the ultimate warrior's armor back when the Bible was consolidated. However, during the middle ages, often, archangels were shown as knights in a suit of armor (with wings). That tells me that a modern version of an archangel should show them dressed in kevlar and looking very much like a modern infantryman in Iraq (with wings). Coincidentally, Iraq is where all this stuff about angels and demons got started.

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