In following the discussion with folks who participate in the God Not God debates I thought I'd post on angels and demons. But instead of debating whether they exist or not, I'd like to focus on what such belief says about the way we orientate ourselves to this world.
Angels as it plays out in our culture, are creatures which tell us that there is something in this universe which is personally responsive to us, which seeks our betterment, which may protect us from harm, that has concern for us. In a world filled with angels the cosmos is not indifferent but is for us.
Demons point to that in the world which seeks to frustrate us, blocks our goals, hampers us in the development of our possibilities. Whether personal or not it's experienced as a limit. That doesn't sound like Rosemary's baby but it is the language pentecostals frequently use.
What is of interest is the way in which some people appear to be overly fixated on one or the other. That is the world is taken to be filled with benevolent powers or the world is a place which is generally against us. Something false about the world seems to be said when either is the case.
If the world is conceived as only a place for benevolent forces, it's hard to make sense out of the evil and the tragedies that mark our world. If the emphasis is on demonic struggles, good things in life are largely ignored. The world instead presents us with both as realities which ought to be taken account of.
To do so does not require belief in angels and demons as existent creatures. It only suggests a particular attitude we can take to the world we live in. Angels and demons are ways of speaking and taking up such an attitude but other language can and does point to the same issue.