Brittany-Ann Mac Allister
27 November 2007
The Importance of Christianity in relation to Dante’s Inferno
“Through me the
way into the suffering city,/ Through me the way to the eternal pain,/ Through
me the way that runs among the lost./ Justice on my high artificer;/ My maker was divine
authority,/ The highest wisdom, and the primal love./ Before me nothing but eternal things/ were
made, and I endure eternally./ Abandon every hope, who enter here.”
Dante, a strong believer in faith and God, makes an important point about reason in
conflict with faith in his books,
Throughout the novels, as in
the inscription above from the gates of hell, Dante mentions a higher power that is full of
“wisdom” and “love”.
This strong belief in religion is also expressed in the quote above in the
mention of the word “justice”.
The tales are about souls who were sinners when they were on
Earth and now suffer in hell and purgatory to pay for what they have done, and in this manner,
each suffers a penalty that equally matches the sin in severity and manner.
In the end, Virgil,
who represents logic and reason throughout the journey, cannot continue without divine
This demonstrates Dante’s belief that people cannot continue in this world on
In the end, they need to have faith in a higher being (i.e. God).
, ed. Allen Mandelbaum, III.1-9(New York: Bantam Classics, 1980).