Tag: purgatory

Eternal Possibilities: A Review of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory for Brazos Bloggers

Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: A Protestant View of the Cosmic Drama By Jerry L. Walls 219 pp. Brazos Press. $19.99 Written theology, in my own experience with the faith, serves me differently during different seasons of life, and I’ve noticed that the benefit I derive from theology books is basically Aristotelian in character: the books…

Dante’s Purgatorio and Graduate School

Why Can’t Grad School Be Purgatorial? No, good reader, that would be too easy.  Graduate school itself wasn’t much at all like Purgatory.  After all, the conditions for my leaving graduate school had little to do with desire for God and not much more to do with purging vices.  No, graduate school is a place…

Purgatory 2013: The Dante Apocalypse (Cantos 29-33)

To get the first question out of the way, yes, I’ve been calling the last Cantos of Purgatory the Dante Apocalypse for several years now, and my term predates the recent fascination with various iterations of a “zombie apocalypse.” With that out of the way, the final grand scene in Purgatory is a particular kind…

Purgatory 2013: How to Get out of Purgatory (Cantos 18-24)

It’s fitting that my Dante posts stalled out right when it was time to write about sloth, no? Good Desire and Bad Desire In Canto 18 Virgil continues his explanation of desire and its connection to divine justice and love.  The nature of human beings is to desire, Virgil begins, but in many cases something…

Purgatory 2013: Free Will and Wrath (Cantos 14-17)

The Architecture of Purgatory This section of Cantos begins to reveal connections between the terraces, both in terms of the media through which the tragic and exemplary stories come to the saved and in terms of the discipline of desire that happens along the way. To envy another human being means to look on that…

Purgatory 2013: Art, Education, and Purgatory (Cantos 10-13)

Finally entering Purgatory, our pilgrim gets into some of the coolest parts of the poem, those passages that start to form both a theology of desire and a theological account of art as part of Christian existence. Art as Exemplar The grand marble sculptures that Dante sees upon entering the terrace of the proud stir…

Purgatory 2013: Like a Florentiner out of Hell (Cantos 1-4)

Because I’ve not written about Dante in a couple summers (in 2011 I was wrapping up the dissertation, and in 2012 I was wrapping up Emmanuel’s QEP), I wanted to dig back into my favorite Thomist this semester as I taught him in my Western Authors class (a course that purports to teach Continental literature from…

Dante 2010: Purgatorio

Series Index for 2015 Dante Read-Through Dante 2010: Inferno Dante 2009: Paradiso Dante 2009: Purgatorio Dante 2009: Inferno Dante 2008: Paradiso Dante 2008: Purgatorio Dante 2008: Inferno Being a bit of a troublemaker, one of the things I like most about reading Dante every year is telling people that I’m on to the Purgatory canticle.  Now…