Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 24: TWO SOURCES OF KNOWLEDGE

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TWO SOURCES OF KNOWLEDGE

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Two sources of knowledge

Reason and revelation

Both are important

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NOTE: Dante has learned much not only from Holy Scripture (Moses, which refers to the first five books of the Bible; the Prophets; the Psalms; the gospel, and from Peter and Paul), but also from philosophers such as Aristotle. When Dante refers to God as the “eternal Who, unmoved, moves all the heavens” (Mark Musa’s translation of 24.131), he is using Aristotelian language. In this definition, we have a combination of creed and cosmology. Of course, as Dante moves upward in the Heavens toward Paradise, he is engaging in cosmology. We have two sources of knowledge here: revelation (as in Scripture) and reason (as in the study of Nature, including the heavenly bodies). In other words, we can learn some things through reason, and we can learn other things through revelation. The two kinds of knowledge, if in fact they are knowledge, do not conflict. God created the universe, and God created the physical laws of the universe, including those that guide evolution.Importantly, by using our reason, we can learn some things about God.

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