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How to Suffer Well: Emotional and Spiritual Implications

presented by Krystyna Sanderson
Febuary 19th at Calvary Church

The provocative title of this forum says it all!

'Frigid Fires, Honest Ghosts and a Mountain of Guilt':
Purgatory and the Imagination

presented by Josiah Cavanaugh & Kris Vieira
February 19th at St. George's Church

Martin Luther once called Purgatory "the greatest falsehood." Article XXII of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion printed in the Book of Common Prayer refers to Purgatory as "a fond thing, vainly invented. . .rather repugnant to the Word of God." Indeed, there is no explicit mention of it in Scripture, and yet the concept has made its way into great works of theology and art, and it remains a prevalent doctrine of the Roman Church. Some evangelicals and Protestants believe in it; even C.S. Lewis entertained the idea. If Purgatory is merely an invention, why has it been so popular? This course will chart the development of Purgatory from its earliest traces to its vestiges today. Along the way, we will examine the legacy of Purgatory in art, focussing especially on the poetry of Dante and Shakespeare's Hamlet. Our intention is to uncover the authentic human desires that Purgatory seems to satisfy and to affirm how looking to the Cross reveals the better way.