Tag Archives: Dante

Filling the Vacuum….

Virgil tells Dante what it was that caused the Assyrian Queen, Semiramis, to be tormented in the region of the Inferno reserved for the lustful. Her sin, however, seems to have been more than just lust, which for Dante is … Continue reading

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Truth & Authority: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXIX

  Beatrice instructs Dante on the Gospel and how it has been preached to the world: They do not count what blood and agony planted it in the world, nor Heaven’s pleasure in those who search it in humility. Paradiso … Continue reading

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Love’s Fire: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXVIII

What’s bugging you?

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Beatrice & the Price of Truth: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXVIII

When she whose powers imparadise my mind had so denounced and laid bare the whole truth of the present state of miserable mankind…. Dante pays the price for poetic truth.

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Adam & Language: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXVI

Dante learns from Adam that there is no first true language that having recovered one could communicate without the need for interpretation. There were human problems before the Tower of Babel. Language is the bearer of consciousness and will need, … Continue reading

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Adam & the Tree: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXVI

The first human, Adam, tells Dante that the tree in the Garden of Eden from which he and Eve ate was not a bad tree. It was good, as all creation is. The Fall resulted from violating God’s decree to … Continue reading

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Faith & Reliance: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXIV

Dante’s Paradiso Canto 24 lines 83-85 ….You have assayed this coinage, its weight and metal content, accurately; now tell me if you have it in your (purse) possession. Dante is being interrogated by St. Peter on the topic of faith. … Continue reading

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Doctrines and Mysteries: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XIX

  Dante may have said to himself, “If ever I have an opportunity I’m going to ask about the justice of damning those pagans who have never had chance to know about salvation.”

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Choice and Choosing Continued: Dante’s Parardiso Canto XI

Further reflections on Dante’s education regarding making choices with help from Martin Buber.

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Choice and Choosing: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XI

He had to choose. But it was not a choice Between excluding things. It was not a choice Between, but of. He chose to include the things That in each other are included, the whole, The complicate, the amassing harmony. … Continue reading

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