Review: The Fall of Lucifer

The good:

A beautiful description of heaven. Sure, there is a lot of poetic license, but it stirs up godly and reverent thoughts in the reader (Revelation 4:1ff). When it comes to contemplating the glories of heaven, it’s best to err on the side of excess.

Good emphasis on the legal binding nature of Adam’s covenant. I doubt Wendy Alec has ever heard of the covenant of works, but the essence of it is there.

The Strange:
+Shaitan is not identical with Lucifer (162ff), though the narrative does have Lucifer assuming the title of “Satan” later on (185).

Problems:

~The second person of the Trinity is called “Christos” with reference to eternity past. Christos (or ha-Meshiach) makes more sense as a title with regard to Israel’s salvation history. It would be better if Alec had named him Logos or Debar. This isn’t a huge problem, but it is annoying.

~~There is the repeated them that angels have to prove their loyalty every season. I don’t see the biblical evidence for this. In fact, given the certainty of angelic warfare in Revelation, which is the end of history, it would appear that this loyalty is a given.  I also think there are metaphysical reasons why she is wrong on this point.  As angels do not exist in time (except in appearing in earth), they don’t have to develop habits, so they are “locked in.”

~~~The author has confused the “First” and “Third” heavens. She sees the “First” heaven as God’s dimension of reality and the “Third” heaven as the atmosphere. This is backwards. The “Third” heaven is the paradisal home. The first heaven is the atmosphere. The Second is Lucifer’s kingdom (“prince of the power of the air”).

~~~~ The author rightly affirms the Trinity, yet doesn’t have the best doctrine of God. She speaks of “Yehovah grieving,” which, admittedly, matches up with a number of biblical texts, yet no one really wants to assign perturbations to the Divine Essence.

The writing is choppy at times (though I think it gets better in the following volumes) and the plot is somewhat predictable, yet it was a fun read.

About J. B. Aitken

Interests include patristics, the role of the soul in the human person, analytic theology, Reformed Scholasticism, Medievalism, Substance Metaphysics
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