Dante’s Relationship to Scripture, and to the Church

While Dante is sometimes thought to be attacking both the Church and Christendom itself in the Divine Comedy, it could be helpful to clarify and separate Dante’s very positive relationship to the Scripture and to the Spiritual Life, from his negative and at times aggressively hostile one towards the contemporary Church and the Institution of the Papacy in the 13th and 14th century.

Dante himself was therefore sometimes accused by the Church of having assumed the role of Uzzah from the Old Biblical stories, who touched the Holy Ark whilst in transportation from Abinadab to Jerusalem with a cart and oxen, and who was struck dead at the spot in 2 Samuel 6:6-7: Continue reading “Dante’s Relationship to Scripture, and to the Church”