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Purgatory “Debatalogue” Notes

I had another stimulating “debatalogue” with Tony Arsenal on the “Theology Matters” podcast, this time on the subject of Purgatory (you can listen to the podcast HERE). Below are the notes I prepared for our talk (N.B. – these are not my notes on the discussion nor are they a commentary on it). There are six major sections (*2,…

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Explaining Purgatory to Protestants

What’s the Issue? Although it only takes up a couple sentences in the Catholic Catechism, the doctrine of Purgatory seems to pose big problems for many Protestants. Sometimes the reasons for this angst are ill-conceived, however, so it’s a good idea to get a few things straight before criticizing. Purgatory is said to be “a place or…

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“Absent from the Body” and Purgatory: A Closer Look at 2 Corinthians 5:8

Introduction Although non-Catholics from the original Reformer Martin Luther, to evangelical hero C. S. Lewis, to modern Protestant scholars like Jerry Walls  and Roger Olson,  affirm the possibility of a purgatorial state between Heaven and Hell, the idea remains generally unpopular among most non-Catholics. Some do not agree that Purgatory can be found anywhere in Scripture, and reject it on…

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Dante’s Divine Comedy, Purgatorio: Canto 1 – The Cleansing Begins

Canto 1 It is just before dawn on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1300 when Dante and Virgil arrive on the shores of the island-mountain of Purgatory (see Purgatory Introduction). Upon making ground they encounter Cato – a Roman military leader who lived from 95-46 B.C. and  who committed suicide after he was defeated in the rebellion against Julius…