MP3 version here. For further details about Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Guide for the Spiritual Journey – https://www.markvernon.com/books/dantes-divine-comedy-book For further details about the Dante Society of London – https://dantesocietylondon.com/index.html 2:34 Welcome 3:23 Dante’s first 700 years 6:08 Dante Society of London 9:14 Invoking Dante today 10:33 Introducing my new book 18:08 Reading in Italian and… Continue reading Book Launch and Celebration of Dante 700, event recording
An MP3 version of this talk and others is online here. In this 700th anniversary year, the truth of the Divine Comedy is a key issue. Modern critics may explain its spiritual veracity by putting its impact down to social construction and performativity. But Dante knew about literature as much as he knew about divine… Continue reading Did Dante really go to paradise?
The word transhumanism was coined by Dante to capture his realisation of divine life in paradise. It has been colonised today by technologists dreaming of utopias. I explore 7 key differences to recover Dante’s vision from the Divine Comedy, in the 700th anniversary year of the great poet’s death, which is also to explore the… Continue reading Longing for the Infinite – 7 key features of Dante’s transhumanism
Dante’s journey is all about erotic love, through ugly possessiveness, and powerful passions, to the realisation that love is usually experienced as an ignorance about what we desire, to which he awakens. The Divine Comedy is, therefore, a crucial resource for understanding this energy that surges through us. The poem is rare in the western… Continue reading Dante, awakening, and erotic love
Angelico Press 978-1-62138-748-0 £18.00/$22.95 (ppr) 978-1-62138-749-7 £24.50/$32.99 (cloth) B09JM6JJK9 (Kindle) Audiobook at Audible 466 pages, 100 illustrations Available at US Amazon Available at UK Amazon My series of Dante vlogs A Guide For The Spiritual Journey Praise “There has long been a need for a scholarly but deft guide to Dante’s masterpiece, not just as… Continue reading Dante’s Divine Comedy
We will learn a lot about Dante’s language, love, politics and humanism in 2021, the 700th anniversary of his death. But perhaps not so much about the spiritual insights he felt charged by heaven to communicate in his Divine Comedy. My top 10 spiritual insights are: 10. Comedy transcends, not excludes tragedy 9. Morality gets… Continue reading Dante 2021 – Top 10 Spiritual Insights