Western Civ Response #1

Western Civ Response #1 - Wyatt McCallum 10/11/10 HISTORY...

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Wyatt McCallum 10/11/10 HISTORY 201-1 European Civ Whose Hell Is It Anyway? People living during medieval times didn’t have much hope. The hope that they did have came from religion. Most common townsfolk clung to the idea of a life beyond this one containing a paradise beyond their wildest dreams because there wasn’t a whole lot to look forward to during one’s mortal life. That still left some who didn’t conform to the beliefs of the Catholic Church simply because they had the possibility of being rewarded. The constant threat of damnation to hellfire was also employed to intimidate the remainder into joining the Church’s ranks. However, the Church’s view of what Hell was like and the popular view of Hell changed over the years and conflicted in some surprising ways. These discrepancies between the Church’s definition of sin and the societal definition show up in Dante’s Inferno . All of the people found in the
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course HIST 201 taught by Professor Yohannpetrovsky-shtern during the Fall '10 term at Northwestern.

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Western Civ Response #1 - Wyatt McCallum 10/11/10 HISTORY...

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