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60,178. In the Christian world ... it is believed that angels were created at the beginning, and that heaven was formed of them; and that the Devil or Satan was an angel of light, who, becoming rebellious, was cast down with his crew, and that this was the origin of hell. (Angel & War in Heaven & Devil & Satan) Emanuel Swedenborg
53,854. A systematic purge of polytheism: traces of this purge can be detected in polemical stories in the Bible itself. Stories in which Yaweh takes on the other gods in a celestial war. (God & Bible & Old Testament & Gods & Elohim & War in Heaven) Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Hebrew Bible Studies senior lecturer University of Exeter, Bible’s Buried Secrets: Did God Have a Wife? 2/3
61,827. Ruling over them – Zeus himself, the father of gods and men. The most exiting of these myths are the stories of wars of the gods in Heaven. I believe we can understand their roots. (Greece & Gods & War in Heaven & Greek Mythology) Professor Robin Lane Fox, Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes 2010
55,665. The pagan Greeks had no scriptures; they had many gods who never died. They never expected mercy from them. They prayed to them as if they were great aristocrats in heaven. Unpredictable in their favours to mortals. And unpredictable in their quarrels. (Gods & Greek Mythology & War in Heaven) ibid.
92,984. Of course the story of Aphrodite is connected to much grander stories in Heaven – When Father Heaven is castrated of course, blood and white sperm flies everywhere. And according to the Greeks when the sperm falls down into the sea somebody very significant is born from it ... Aphrodite. (Gods & Greek Mythology & War in Heaven) ibid.
55,666. Long before Christ, Mount Ida was a sort of pagan Bethlehem. Because of its role in the myth of the Greek’s supreme God – Zeus. That myth begins with Zeus’s father Kronos, who had castrated his own father Heaven. But it was prophesied that Kronos himself would be overthrown by his son. So he swallowed his babies at birth. (Gods & Greek Mythology & War in Heaven) ibid.
57,685. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation, Book of & War in Heaven & Dragon & Satan & Devil) Revelation 12:7-9
92,985. Why, how now, sons and brother – at a strife?
What is your quarrel? How began it first? (War in Heaven & Quarrel) William Shakespeare, Richard Duke of York I ii 4-5, York
50,986. Warring in heaven against heaven’s matchless king. (Devil & War in Heaven) John Miton, Paradise Lost 4:41
94,529. The free-spirited pupil of a Meaning of Life will see through the smoke of fireside tall tales of where we began our infestation of the universe. But the fanciful and the high-flying, though often inspirational, prove featherweight when weighed against the down-to-earth atomic value of evidence.
John Milton’s praiseworthy epic poem Paradise Lost presents English heroic verse without rhyme comparable to that of Homer in Greek or Virgil in Latin, ‘Rime being no necessary Adjunct or true Ornament of Poem or good Verse, in longer Works especially, but the Invention of a barbarous Age’ (S Simmons – printer’s note to reader).
Ovid recommends the writer kick off a work in media rem, or in the middle of the action. In Paradise Lost we spot Satan face-down in the mud of Hell, ‘Driv’n headlong from the Pitch of Heaven’ (II:772):
Had cast him out from Heav’n, with all his Host
Of Rebel Angels, by whose aid aspiring
To set himself in Glory above his Peers,
He trusted to have equal’d the most High,
If he oppos’d; and with ambitious aim
Against the Throne and Monarchy of God
Rais’d impious War in Heav’n and Battel proud
With vain attempt. Him the Almighty Power
Hurld headlong flaming from th’ Ethereal Skie
With hideous ruine and combustion down
To bottomless perdition, there to dwell
In adamantine Chains and penal Fire,
Who durst defie th’ Omnipotent to Arms. (I:37-49)
Milton rewinds the shooting match in Books V and VI to show the star striker Satan illuminated under floodlights in ‘dubious battle’ against the ‘Tyranny of Heaven’ with a gang of ne’er-do-wells who are later identified as Arsenal supporters:
His count’nance, as the Morning Starr that guides
The starrie flock, allur’d them, and with lyes
Drew after him the third part of Heav’ns Host (V:705- 707)
Does Satan, the rotten runt of a riotous brood, exist permission of God? Is Satan on a mission from God? ‘… though strange to us it seemd/ At first, that Angel should with Angel warr’ (VI:91-92). Are we then the losers from the War in Heaven given a substitute’s chance? Or are we the victors from the side that fought against fascism? Have we a noble inheritance?
Is Satan right to protest against the imposition of new match rules?
... the work
Of secondarie hands, by task tranferd
From Father to his Son? strange point and new!
Doctrin which we would know whence learnt: who saw
When this creation was? rememberst thou
Thy making, while the Maker gave thee being?
We know no time when we were not as now;
Knew none before us, self-begot, self-rais’d
By our own quick’ning power. (V: 850-858)
Satan steaming and snorting and sporting the latest fighting fashions on the Elysian Fields of Heaven, ‘in his Sun-bright Chariot sate’ is flanked ‘in terrible array/ Of hideous length’ ... ‘On the rough edge of battel’, ‘Satan with vast and haughtie strides advanc’t/ Came towring, armed in Adamant and Gold’ (VI:100-110) and is met by Abdiel with the sword of truth:
So saying, a noble stroke he lifted high,
Which hung not, but so swift with tempest fell
On the proud Crest of Satan, that no sight,
Nor motion of swift thought, less could his Shield
Such ruin intercept: ten paces huge
He back recoild; the tenth on bended knee
His massie Spear upstaid; (VI:189-195)
Devoid of grace and parachute Satan propelled by Jesus’ big boot free-falls kicking and protesting from the high grass of Heaven down into the seed-husk chaff of Space:
Nine dayes they fell; confounded Chaos roard,
And felt tenfold confusion in thir fall
Through this wilde Anarchie, so huge a rout
Incumberd him with ruin (VI:871-874)
Satan and the chaps are converting from the charming to the chimeric:
But O how fall’n! how chang’d
From him, who in the happy Realms of Light
Cloth’d with transcendent brightness didst outshine
Myriads though bright (I 84-87)
Satan’s lackeys lie lifeless in a lake of mud like lazy limp licentious lizardy insects – their modern counterparts a sickening dense mass of Arsenal supporters – and here Milton relies on the ear rather than the eye:
Thick swarm’d, both on the ground and in the air,
Brusht with the hiss of rustling wings. As Bees
In spring time (I:767-769)
Milton immerses the reader in the dire, iry, briery fiery mire of tired Satan’s new allotment tipped with the charm and imagery of Uptown Tottenham:
Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
That comes to all; but torture without end
Still urges, and a fiery Deluge, fed
With ever-burning Sulphur unconsum’d (I:65-69)