Monthly Archives: March 2018

Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 14: ABOVE AND BELOW

https://pixabay.com/en/sunrise-space-outer-globe-world-1756274/ *** ABOVE AND BELOW *** Where is Paradise? Above. Why does Humankind Often look below? *** https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/dantes-purgatory-canto-14-retelling-second-ledge-envy-guido-del-duca-rinier-da-calboli/ ***

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 14: CAIN AND ABEL

Source: Abraham Bloemaert, Cain slaying Abel *** CAIN AND ABEL *** Cain envied Abel God liked Abel’s offering So Cain killed Abel *** NOTE: Cain was a farmer, and his offering was the fruit of the ground. Abel was a … Continue reading

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David Bruce (born 1954): Mystical Experiences

https://pixabay.com/en/heart-love-sunset-the-sun-sky-3147976/ Are mystical experiences common? It wouldn’t seem so; however, Andrew Greeley reported in “Mysticism Goes Mainstream,” an article published in the January-February 1987 issue of American Healththat “a full 35% of Americans reported they had had a mystical experience: … Continue reading

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NOTES on Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910): To Know God is to Live

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is a writer who is famous both for his classic novels such as War and Peace and Anna Karenina and for his book on his religious beliefs, A Confession and the Gospel in Brief (translated by Aylmer … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 14: The Arno River

https://pixabay.com/en/ponte-vecchio-florence-italy-331214/ *** THE ARNO RIVER *** the Arno River a sewer of corruption beware of its towns *** NOTE: The towns along the Arno River include Florence. *** https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/dantes-purgatory-canto-14-retelling-second-ledge-envy-guido-del-duca-rinier-da-calboli/ ***

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David Bruce: Jesus

https://pixabay.com/en/church-window-window-church-2217785/ When Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach was in South Africa during the time of apartheid, he did all the things he normally did, including giving hugs to the people he met. Walking into his hotel, which was teeming with black servants … Continue reading

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NOTES on David Stewart (born 1938): The Philosopher as Detective

David Stewart (born 1938), in his article “The Philosopher as Detective,” argues that detective fiction and philosophy share several characteristics. He writes, “What attracts me to detective fiction is also what attracts me to philosophy: dependence on reason, the search … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 13: SAPIA

https://pixabay.com/en/woman-blind-light-erotica-218764/ *** Her name is “Wisdom” But she was not wise in life Guilty of envy *** NOTE: Sapia, a woman whose name means “Wisdom” is here because she was envious in life. She repented late in late and has … Continue reading

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NOTES on Jay F. Rosenberg (1942-2008): The Character of Philosophy

I can definitely recommend Jay F. Rosenberg’s Practice of Philosophy: A Handbook for Beginners, which is available in many libraries, especially university libraries. Rosenberg (born 1942) is a very clear writer who has many interesting things to say about philosophy. … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 13: EYES OF ENVIOUS

https://pixabay.com/en/eye-green-eye-close-up-macro-girl-1132531/ *** EYES OF ENVIOUS *** eyes of envious sewn shut so they cannot look with envy at all *** NOTE: These sinners looked with envy at others, so now they cannot look at others at all. Their sin bruised … Continue reading

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