The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion and history prior to the 19th century, and is funded annually by the Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.



The Fiery & the Fallen III

Light & Dark then Twilight

Guest Lecturer, Dr. Justin Sledge

Free of charge 

After first introducing the earliest origins of angels and demons in the ancient near east, then turning to their flowering during the Second Temple Period, the third lecture from Dr. Justin Sledge will discuss the medieval and early modern worlds of angels and demons in Europe. This period tips the balance between a world filled to the brim with angelic and demonic creatures and the increasing disenchantment of such entities as the “new science” emerges in the 15th century. Dr. Sledge will discuss the rise of stable angelic hierarchies, the invention and use of ceremonial magic to invoke and manipulate these entities, the standardization of exorcism practices, and the eventual twilight and afterlife of angels and demons in our world.

Justin Sledge was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He received a MA in Mysticism and Esoteric Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and a MA and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Memphis. He has written on the intersection of metaphysics and politics often focusing on “non-canon” figures in the western intellectual tradition. Dr. Sledge currently teaches philosophy and religious studies at Wayne State University. 

Italian

Saint George and the Dragon, 15th century

Egg tempera on panel

36 7/8 x 20 1/4 inches 

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Field, 1944.1

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