“Though spiritualists discredit them ever so much, these nature-spirits are realities. If the gnomes, sylphs, salamanders, and undines of the Rosicrucians existed in their days, they must exist now. Bulwer-Lytton’s Dweller of the Threshold, is a modern conception, modeled on the ancient type of the Sulanuth of the Hebrews and Egyptians, which is mentioned in the book of Jasher.
The Christians call them “devils”, “imps of Satan”, and like characteristic names. They are nothing of the kind, but simply creatures of ethereal matter, irresponsible, and neither good nor bad, unless influenced by a superior intelligence.
It is very extraordinary to hear devout Catholics abuse and misrepresent the nature-spirits, when one of their greatest authorities, Clement the Alexandrian, disposed of them, by describing these creatures as they really are.
Clement, who perhaps had been a theurgist as well as a Neo-platonist, thus arguing upon good authority, remarks, that it is absurd to call them devils, for they are only inferior angels, “the power which inhabit elements, move the winds and distribute showers, and as such are agents and subject to God.
Origen, who before he became a Christian also belonged to the Platonic school, is of the same opinion. Porphyry describes the daemons more carefully than anyone else.
When the possible nature of the manifesting intelligences, which science believes to be a “psychic force”, and spiritualists the identical spirits of the dead, is better known, then will academicians and believers turn to the old philosophers for information.”
H. P. Blavatsky