Divine Comedy Southern Hemisphere
417 wordsIn his lecture, Professor Mark Dantmore says that Purgatorio is "almost science fiction" to people of the time it was written. I find it very interesting that a book in the Divine Comedy, something the Catholics take as truth, might be described this way. Of course Purgatorio is a book largely dealing with Christian themes, but the actual setup was meticulously constructed to agree with scientific knowledge of the time. In fact, it was demonstrated in the lecture that the descriptions of the pos...
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Natural Law Moral Argument
1,226 wordsAlasdair MacIntyre, in his... has argued forcefully that the West has lost whatever common ethical grammar it once possessed. In the wake of this collapse, moral philosophers and theologians have offered a variety of proposals to resurrect ethics. Moral theologians insist that ethics be rooted in theological truth, though there are wide differences about what this means. On the one side, Stanley Hauerwas has encouraged Christians to abandon misleading universalisms and live out of their particul...
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Natural Law Universal Moral
1,215 words... even to what Aquinas called the wise. The wise formulate these elaborations only after intense consideration, reflection, and experience, and the common man learns these applications from the wise. I have certain questions of the theory at this point. From Aquinas through to contemporary expositions, natural law theory has been founded on the concept of analogy, the notion that human reason reflects the eternal Reason that is God. At best, this seems only formally true; that is, it is true t...
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Journey Through Hell Divine Comedy
1,827 wordsMy interest in the Divine Comedy was sparked in the art room in my Freshman year by a series of old Prints done on the "Inferno." Those prints have inspired me to drawings and prints of my own, and I saw this as an opportunity to get a real look at my inspiration. Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265. Little is known about his early education, but scholars believe that he received formal instruction in grammar, language, and philosophy at one of the Franciscan schools in the city. In 127...
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Religious Faith Human Soul
705 wordsI think that the immortality of the human soul can be established in a demonstrative way by philosophical reason, through a sufficiently deep analysis of intellectual knowledge, of free will and of disinterested feelings such as that "immortal instinct for beauty", of which Poe and Baudelaire spoke. Here we are confronted with spirituality, or intrinsic independence from matter. And the spirituality characteristic of the activity in question makes us conclude to the spirituality of its first pri...
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Montesquieu Definition Of Law
1,000 wordsThe following was completed for a Political Thought and Theory Class in my Senior Year of Highschool... my grade was an 85 Into the first three chapters of Book 1, The Spirit of Laws, Montesquieu condensed a lifetime of thinking, not so much on law as what law is, (after all, the work by Montesquieu is entitled The Spirit of Laws, not The Laws of the Spirit). The definition of law provided to us by Montesquieu can be most clearly identified as a series of relationships which are derived from the...
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Relationship With God Fall Of Man
1,880 wordsSuch strong language seems to indicate a rejection of the body, of human relationships, of human reason, or any good which is not God. Is such a rejection required if one is to be a true Christian? Human relationships, the body, and human reason are presupposed to be good in Ms. Kiss statement. Although Saint Augustine, the author of Confessions, would not consider those to be of the highest good (God), he would be hard-pressed to deny that each does not maintain some degree of good. Sin is defi...
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Puritans Believed Thomas Paine
572 wordsAs Puritanism lost its popularity, it made way for a new belief system. Deists, like Puritans, believed in God as the Creator, but Deists believed in free will, whereas Puritans believed in predestination. As Deism gained momentum, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Paine reflected their Deist beliefs in the writings. In The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson constantly reflects the Deist ideas of human reason and a Creator God. For example, Jefferson states, all men are creat...
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David Hume Natural History Of Part 1
1,876 wordsDavid Hume's Natural History of Religion Warburton, disquieted by Hume's project, asked, "Would not the Moral History of Meteors be full as sensible as the Natural History of Religion?" (Livingston, 1976). Although he did not, presumably, expect an answer, we may nonetheless formulate one. Discounting revelation, Hume reasonably deduces religion's origins from two "natural" scenarios man in nature, and nature in man. The former, as we shall see, is man dramatically situated in a pre civilized se...
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Means To An End Peace Of Mind
1,127 wordsKan The principle of private happiness states that an individual? s prosperity is weighed in proportion to that person? s good conduct. In short, one? s peace of mind is empirically measured by how virtuous one is towards others and to himself. Kant? s objection to ethical theories that use this idea emanates from the fact that it extends human reason, one that determines good will and good conduct, outwards instead of inwards, reason being automatic, inherent in an individual. The above doctrin...
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Pope Paul Vi Pope John Paul Ii
2,960 wordsThe issue of contraception has been an extremely controversial and debated one in the Catholic Church. The Catholic religion declares that the three requirements for healthy sexual expression include a mutual physical drive for pleasure, intimacy and committed love between the couple, and the openness to procreation and parenting children. This last aspect is the subject of much disagreement between people both inside and outside the church community. The authoritative voice of the church, the M...
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Saint Thomas Aquinas God Does Not Exist
1,159 wordsWhether God Exists Countless philosophers since the beginning of recorded history have pondered the question of whether God exists. One such philosopher, Saint Thomas Aquinas, put forth his own theory on the existence of God. In his text Whether God Exists, he stated that through his five arguments he could prove Gods existence. His five arguments are from motion, from first efficient cause, from possibility and necessity, from gradation, and from design. Aquinas begins his text with two objecti...
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Journey Through Hell Dante Alighieri
1,897 wordsDante Alighieri? s The InfernJason C. Hawk World Civilizations Period Two January Third 200 Content Cover 2. Contents 3. The Spark 4. Biography 5. Early Life 6. Aspirations 7. Exile 8. The Inferno 9. Introduction 10. Synopsis 11. When First Viewed 12. The Views Change 13. Dante Now 14. Some Effects 15. Conclusio Dante Alighieri? s The Inferno My interest in the Divine Comedy was sparked in the art room in my Freshman year by a series of old Prints done on the Inferno. Those prints have inspired ...
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Journey Through Hell Power Of God
1,549 wordsDantes Reconciliation of a Loving God and a Horrific Hell Dante Alighieri, a great Italian poet, is most noted for a journey, which he wrote of in his Divine Comedy series. In these works, Alighieri sends a fictional Dante through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. The Inferno is a detailed description of Dantes journey through Hell. While on this journey, Dante witnesses the scourge of the damned through the use of all senses. He smells the foul odors, sees the horrifying sights, feels the heat, as w...
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Human Reason Romanticism World
349 wordsIf one term can be used to describe the forces that have shaped the modern world, it is Romanticism. So potent has Romanticism been since the late 18 th century that one author has called it the profoundest cultural transformation in human history since the invention of the city. Romanticism was not a movement; it was a series of movements that had dynamic impacts on art, literature, science, religion, economics, politics, and the individuals understanding of self. Not all streams of Romanticism...
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Make A Difference Dylan Klebold
1,391 wordsThe Impact of Values-Clarification on Ethics in the Helping ProfessioAmerica is faced with an overwhelming abundance of moral and social problems which seem to consume the fragilely woven fibers of our nation. What has happened to America? What can be done to rescue the innocents in society from those who seem to prey upon them? Can one person make a difference? Those in the human service profession have felt a calling, have been affected by the seeming hopeless perils of the weaker members of s...
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Divided Into Four Dante And Virgil
2,438 wordsOn Good Friday 1300 AD, in Dantes thirty-fifth year, he goes astray from the straight road into the Dark Wood of Error. Seeing the Sun (Divine Illumination) lighting the Mount of Joy in the Distance, he attempts to climb up the mountainside but is blocked by three beasts of worldliness: the Leopard of Malice and Fraud, the Lion of Violence and Ambition, and the She-Wolf of Incontinence. When his hope is nearly lost, the shade of the Roman poet Virgil (a symbol of Human Reason) appears to him. Vi...
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Thomas Aquinas Human Beings
854 wordsIntelli go Ut Credit (I Know in Order to Believe) by Kenneth A. Holt The influence of Aristotle on Thomas Aquinas is evident from the fact that Thomas gave had to give knowledge gained by human reason quite a different value from what was usual in the theological tradition. There was no disputing the fact that reason has its own independence against faith. The new desire for knowledge, for science, had to be taken seriously. Earlier theologians had proved the justification for reason alongside f...
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Knowledge Of God Gods Existence
2,968 wordsJesus: A Modern Sokrates Dialogue Sokrates, Lucretius, young student of Sokrates, Jesus, Paul, apostle of Jesus The Scene: Classical Athens Section 1. Meeting in Athens LUCRETIUS: I hear that the man from Jerusalem has arrived, Sokrates. The one whose followers so loudly denounce our city. SOKRATES: And me as well, Im told. My fellow Athenians dub me a gadfly, but these followers of Jesus hate me far more bitterly. LUCRETIUS: How strange, then, Sokrates, that this Jesus has come speak with you. ...
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Natural Law Human Reason
2,469 wordsAlasdair MacIntyre, in his? ? ... has argued forcefully that the West has lost whatever common ethical grammar it once possessed. In the wake of this? collapse? , moral philosophers and theologians have offered a variety of proposals to resurrect ethics. Moral theologians insist that ethics be rooted in theological truth, though there are wide differences about what this means. On the one side, Stanley Hauerwas has encouraged Christians to abandon misleading universalisms and live out of their p...
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