Dante Alighieri 's Divine Comedy Essay

775 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
This is a period that I knew very little about, both theologically and politically. However, Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, in Late Medieval Italy, proved to be extremely helpful in approaching the complexity of the events of the Reformation. From keeping Dante’s epic poem in mind, I approached this period with a knowledge of how the political element can cohere with the theological element, and with some knowledge of the continent’s deep concern with Purgatory, even though that concern was ‘not uniform within Europe.’

Key learnings from the lectures:

Lecture 1: A number of contributory factors, both political and economic, make the Reformation possible. As the need for education increases, schooling starts to divorce from the Church. The more educated lay and ecclesiastical people become the more apparent the Church’s existing problems get, like the issue of simony.

Lecture 2: Luther’s Theology is deeply concerned with salvation and how one finds security with God. Notable event in both Luther’s Theology and the Reformation movement is Luther’s translation of the Sermon of indulgences and grace to German in 1518, in which his critique of indulgences is made accessible.

Lecture 3: A theological difference between Zwingli and Luther brings a schism in the Reformation movement. Luther supports the physical presence of blood and body in the Eucharist and finds no scriptural evidence of substance, while Zwingli defends a symbolic presence of the Christ.

Lecture 4:…

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