23 May Dante’s Divine Comedy: A User’s Guide to Salvation Preview Night
We’re excited to be hosting a new Denver Catholic Biblical School course this fall titled Dante’s Divine Comedy. We will have two preview nights for you to attend, go through part of the course, ask questions, and register. The dates for those preview nights are Aug 5 and Aug 26 at 7:00 p.m.
For a description of the course, read below.
This is our newest Enrichment Course, developed and taught by Dr. Seth Fabian! This class will teach the student to read the Divine Comedy as Dante intended us to: as a work of practical literature for Christians striving to be more Christ-like: literally a guide to salvation. We will follow Dante’s footsteps and see how pride and selfishness create chaos on Earth and lead to Hell (Inferno), how the human soul purifies itself by learning to desire and to love rightly (Purgatorio), and how our journey ultimately leads us back to our origin in the shared vision of our Creator (Paradiso). Lectures will focus on Dante’s portrayal of human desires and the consequences for good and ill of our daily choices.
Above all, the class will examine a Catholic poet and his Catholic poem. The beauty of Dante’s poetry, the uncanny realism of his psychology, and his awesome descriptive powers are always in the service of his ultimate purpose: demonstrating Truth as revealed in the lived experiences of the souls he encounters in Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Divine Comedy is a call to conversion that demands a response from its audience– this response will be the focus of our discussions. Let us use Dante as a lens to examine our daily choices and life-long aspirations.