In a recent poll, one in ten Britons claimed to have experienced the presence of an angel, and one in three believe they have a guardian angel: a surprising story in a sceptical age.
But what are angels? They make many appearances in the Bible, sometimes bringing comfort but more often arriving with challenging or mysterious messages from God. Are they part of the poetry of religion? Or are they real, a manifestation of divine concern?
In this talk, Peter Stanford will explore something of the history, theology and cultural significance of angels and how they might illuminate a deeper truth about human existence and the cosmos.
Peter Stanford is a features writer at the Telegraph and a contributor to The Tablet among many other publications. His books include What We Talk About When We Talk About Faith; Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident and Judas: The Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle. His latest book is Angels (Hodder Faith 2019).