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3 - Inferno as Anti-narrative

from Part I - Hell

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 September 2022

Denys Turner
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Yale University, Connecticut
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Some find the theology of an eternal punishment to be morally repugnant and theologically without warrant. But even if such is true of traditional doctrines of Hell, typified by those of Aquinas, it is not implausible to read Inferno as an “anti-narrative,” among other reasons because the literatures that write of a truly infernal mentality – for example,that of Dr. Faustus in Marlowe’s play – are vastly significant and their significance would not be lost even were Hell as an eternal condition impossible. For an infernal will is psychologically possible, even if the Hell willed is impossible as an existent state of affairs.

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Dante the Theologian , pp. 79 - 114
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Inferno as Anti-narrative
  • Denys Turner, Yale University, Connecticut
  • Book: Dante the Theologian
  • Online publication: 02 September 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009168687.006
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  • Denys Turner, Yale University, Connecticut
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  • Inferno as Anti-narrative
  • Denys Turner, Yale University, Connecticut
  • Book: Dante the Theologian
  • Online publication: 02 September 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009168687.006
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