Matthew Fox (born 1940) is a theologian and bestselling advocate of "Creation Spirituality." He became a Catholic priest of the Dominican order, but was removed in 1992, and has subsequently become an Episcopalian priest. He has published an autobiography, Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest. Rupert Sheldrake (born 1942) is an English biochemist and plant physiologist, perhaps best-known for his theory of "morphic resonance" that was proposed in his book A New Science of Life. They have also jointly written the book Natural Grace: Dialogues on creation, darkness, and the soul in spirituality and science.
They state in the Preface of this 1996 book, "It may seem unlikely that a scientist and a theologian would sit down at the end of the twentieth century to discuss angels. Both disciplines at the end of the modern era appear equally embarrassed by this subject. Nevertheless, although angels have been ignored by the scientific and theological establishments, recent surveys have shown that many people still believe in them... We are entering a new phase of both science and theology, and the subject of angels becomes surprisingly relevant again."
Here are some representative quotations from the book:
MF: "For theologians it became an embarrassment for three hundred years even to mention angels. But angels are mentioned throughout the Bible. Whenever you talk about cosmology, the angels come out."
MF: "We should put up a sign: ANGELS NEEDED. There's plenty of work for angels in a period of interconnectivity."
MF: "Imagination sets us off from the angels. It shows how we have something they don't have."
MF: "We are a bridge between the material world and the spirit world, and it gets us down. How badly we fail both worlds!"