Category Archives: 13th Century

John of Paris (ca. 1241-1306)

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Giles of Rome (ca. 1247-1316)

Aegidius Romanus, more commonly known as Giles of Rome, was one of the most influential of high papalist theologians in the latter half of the thirteenth century and early part of the fourteenth.[1] Born in or around the year of … Continue reading

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Scholastic Presuppositionalism

It has long seemed to me that the supposed stark divide posited in some Reformed circles between “classical” and “presuppositional” apologetics is an oversimplification. If a presuppositional apologetic is one which exposits the transcendental conditions necessary for finite existence, then … Continue reading

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Nimrod

Canto XXXI of Dante’s Inferno describes the passage to the last circle of Hell, the Ninth Circle. Here Dante encounters four giants: Nimrod, Ephialtes, Briareus, and Antaeus. This is yet another interesting mixture of biblical and classical allusions in Dante … Continue reading

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Thomas and Henry

Having had an extremely limited exposure to Medieval philosophy on the undergrad level, I have to say that taking a course devoted to that subject this semester is making some things about the Middle Ages much clearer to me than … Continue reading

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Dante’s Statue

Canto XIV of the Inferno features a figure which should be familiar to all Bible readers: that of a giant statue whose parts are composed of various grades of material that decrease in quality as one goes down the statue: … Continue reading

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“An Eschatology To Which History Itself Is Subservient”

Dante engages in complex juxtapositions of mythological and historical figures in one and the same afterlife – Hector and Aeneas are side by side with Cicero and Seneca, St. Paul is next to Aeneas, Francesca da Rimini is next to … Continue reading

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Crime and Punishment

Yet another Dante context and connection which I would have missed if left to my own poetry-obtuse devices: In Canto XXVIII of the Inferno we read of sowers of dissension and splits who are themselves repeatedly split in Hell. The … Continue reading

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Archives of the World’s Evils

A noteworthy summary of Dante’s Inferno by Lino Pertile : The exploration mapped in the Inferno is a voyage through the immense historical archives of the world’s evils, ordered according to type and severity in the subsoil of the dark … Continue reading

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Dante Vs. the Simoniac Popes

Medieval Christians considered simony, the buying and selling of spiritual goods and Church offices, a rank heresy. Stemming from early Christian writers’ interpretation of Simon Magus’ attempt to buy the gift of the Holy Spirit in Acts 8:9-24, the heresy … Continue reading

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