Monthly Archives: April 2018

Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 20: DETACHMENT FROM RICHES

https://pixabay.com/en/trailer-mobile-home-abandoned-old-1759223/ *** DETACHMENT FROM RICHES *** Jesus’ birthplace now: A decrepit trailer park Instead of stable? *** NOTE: Mary had the virtue of detachment from riches. She did not complain when she had to give birth to Jesus in less … Continue reading

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NOTES on Rabbi Harold S. Kushner (born 1935): When Bad Things Happen to Good People

When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold S. Kushner. New York: Avon Books, 1981. When Bad Things Happen to Good Peopleis a book of theology and philosophy that became a best seller. At Ohio University, philosophy professor Donald … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 20: DETACHMENT FROM WEALTH

https://pixabay.com/en/model-time-women-s-fiction-2614585/ *** DETACHMENT FROM WEALTH *** Detachment from wealth And the stuff riches can buy: A needed virtue *** NOTE: Detachment from riches and what riches can buy is the virtue that is opposed to the sin of avariciousness, aka … Continue reading

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NOTES on Deuteronomic Theology of History: Suffering Viewed as Merited Punishment

God and the Bible The Bible is a collection of more than 60 literary works; many authors wrote it over a period of more than 10 centuries. Despite this, there is a unifying theme to the Bible: A personal God … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 19: the worst punishment

Source: David Bruce *** THE WORST PUNISHMENT *** the worst punishment all on the mountain think this they hate their own sin *** NOTE: Each sinner is most horrified by his or own sin, and so each sinner regards his … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Names Anecdotes

Jim Thorp Jim Thorpe’s mausoleum is located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. The town used to be known as the separate small towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk, but after hard economic times hit the towns because coal mining … Continue reading

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David Bruce (born 1954): The Problem of Evil

Let’s say you are walking along the sidewalk and suddenly you hear a scream for help from the other side of the street. You look and you see a gang of men has started raping a woman. What do you … Continue reading

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NOTES on Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005): The Metaphorical Process

Paul Ricoeur is an important philosopher of language who investigated the use of metaphor in religious and poetic language. Definitions of Metaphor Before seeing what Ricoeur has to say about metaphor, let’s make sure we understand what a metaphor is. … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 19: The Greedy

Engraver: Auguste Doré *** THE GREEDY *** Alive, sought money Now, feet bound, backs turned toward God Alive, ignored God *** NOTE: On the fifth story of the seven-story mountain, saved sinners purge the sin of greed. Because they looked … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 19: INNOCENT OF COMMITTING A PARTICULAR SIN

https://pixabay.com/en/face-wall-snow-steep-climbing-3324569/ *** INNOCENT OF COMMITTING A PARTICULAR SIN *** Not commit a sin? Seven-story mountain, but You skip a story *** NOTE: The Mountain of Purgatory has seven stories, aka ledges, each of which is devoted to purging a sin, … Continue reading

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