• ISSN: 2010-3646 (Online)
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Home> Archive> 2022> Volume 12 Number 3 (Aug. 2022)
IJSSH 2022 Vol.12(3): 157-161 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2022.V12.1083

Dante's Religious Thought in Inferno

Jie Huang

Abstract—Christianity and The Church formed an important part of Dante’s time. This paper discusses poet Dante’s view toward religion through focusing on his book Inferno. The main cantos that will be talked about are canto seven, canto ten, canto eleven, and canto nineteen. The paper will explore the poet’s ideas toward salvation, heresy, and the church. Dante’s religious ideas are very distinctive from his contemporary views. His idea on how to reach salvation is closely combined with philosophical ideas. For him, the reason is the prerequisite for getting salvation. He has little interest in criticizing the major heretics of his time. Instead, he highly criticized the corruption of the current Church and expresses his view about what is the right way for the Church. The paper will discuss these main points in more detail with the support of Dante’s own words in the text and other materials focusing on his life and ideas.

Index Terms—Dante, Inferno, religion, church.

Jie Huang is with the Pennsylvania State University, USA (e-mail: jbh5820@psu.edu).

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Cite: Jie Huang, "Dante's Religious Thought in Inferno," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 157-161, 2022.


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