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For Staniloae, I suggest two volumes: his first from his dogmatic series, entitled "The Experience of God," and the volume on Creation, which I think is the fourth.

As far as the demonic names, I tried to differentiate between "ascriptions" such as Asmodeus, Apollyon, Moloch, Beelzebub and Satan and real "names." The former ascriptions are historically (or diachronically) aggregated "aliases" given by humans to their oppressors over the millennia. These names have deep psychic/mythic roots and reach through the levels of language to the sub-conscious levels of passion. Jung might be of help here, despite himself. I'm thinking of his constellation theory, especially.

So another term that we might associate with the demonic is "entelechy" -- to express that note of aggregation.

Nevertheless, these ascriptions do not at all express the "logoi" meaning of the term "name." For this, we need to look at the mention of the secret name written upon a white stone in the Apocalypse -- which is the real (though hidden from postlapsarian consciousness) logoi of personhood -- a logoi that is completely obscure from anyone who rejects personhood.

Dear Father,

I am curious about the source for what you are saying here about the demonic. Is it just Fr Staniloae? In what text does he discuss this? I'm also intertested if you have anything you might refer me to on the angelic in general. I've read Thomas Aquinas on this topic, but would really like to get an Orthodox perspective on it.

Not to contradict what you are saying about the demons not having names, but I was thinking about how the demon Asmodeus is mentioned in Tobit. Also there is the king of demons Apollyon/Abbadon in Revelation 9. There's also the mention of Beezelbub in Matthew and Luke - but are these and other biblical naminhgs merely references to Canaanite and other pagan deities like Mammon or Moloch that are "archetypic alaises" of a sort for particular demonically inspired sins or temptations, like Asmodeus would be for lust?

I hope these questions aren't purient - I think the "anthropological"/theological point you make here about personhood and names is extremely powerful, but I've never heard anyone teach this before..

Thanks for your insight, anyway. God bless.

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