January/February 2023 Issue – Famous or Forgotten: Poets Everyone Should Know

Sample Content from Our Latest Issue Table of Contents Sample Article One With the Eternal Good: The Harmony of Faith...
Read More

Going Deeper into Classic Literature

Joseph Pearce discusses great books on Catholic radio... Going Deeper into Classic Literature - Joseph Pearce (jpearce.co)
Read More

Where the Old North Meets the Mystic West

Joseph Pearce takes a voyage with Vikings to Vinland in the company of the Catholic novelist, George Mackay Brown... Where...
Read More

Poetry and the Splendour of Truth

An interview with Joseph Pearce on literature in general and poetry in particular... Poetry and the Splendour of Truth -...
Read More

The St. Austin Review

The St. Austin Review (StAR) is an international journal of Catholic culture, literature, and ideas. In its pages, printed every two months, some of the brightest and most vigorous minds around meet to explore the people, ideas, movements, and events that shape and misshape our world.

Famous or Forgotten: Poets Everyone Should Know

Sample Article One With the Eternal Good: The Harmony of Faith and Reason in Dante’s Quest for Truth

Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, should not be understood as a fanciful work of fiction about a man travelling from Hell to Heaven. Rather, the intended aim of the poem is to show us how to get to Heaven; it is meant as an allegory for the epistemic and spiritual quest we all must undergo if we wish to attain beatitude. When asked what has led him to salvation at the end of The Paradiso, Dante replies, “By the arguments of philosophy / and by authority that descends from here, / such Love has clearly stamped its seal upon me.” Dante acknowledges he has come to this place in Heaven because of the way he has brought the natural wisdom of classical philosophy into a dialectic with the supernatural wisdom of Christian Revelation. This is likewise how we are encouraged by Dante in The Divine Comedy to pursue Truth and hope for salvation throughout the journey of our own life.

The Ink Desk Blog

Check Them Out

St. Austin Review Issues

Check out our other issues here and see what you're missing!
Check Them Out

More From The Ink Desk Blog

1001, 2023

Celebrating Benedict XVI

January 10th, 2023|0 Comments

Joseph Pearce and Father Robert McTeigue celebrate the life and legacy of Benedict XVI... Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Benedict XVI - Joseph Pearce (jpearce.co)

Get Involved

Support St. Austin Review

To be truly effective, we need the help from clergy and laity everywhere. Help us help the next generation of Catholics to grow up educated in Catholic truth, beauty, and goodness. Please consider a one-time or continuing, tax-deductible gift to StAR!
Get Involved
Go to Top