Hell in the Morning

This morning I plan to spend some time pondering hell with help from Dante by way of James Wetzel’s ‘A Meditation on Hell: Lessons from Dante’, Modern Theology (July 2002). Suffice it to say for now that he rejects readings of the Inferno that charge Dante with (or exult in) a depraved addiction to retribution. To justify this, Wetzel takes the position with the greatest potential for giving offense: ‘I don’t believe that too many commentators have done much with [the] idea that hell is original to creation and not part of a default plan. But I take that idea to be both central to Dante’s vision of hell and essential to any vision of hell that wishes to be free of revenge fantasies and tragic pathos.’

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