Reading Dante Spiritually, and looking at Italian Humanism
We have two new episodes out on the podcast this week - on our newly updated and "rebranded" Summer Podcast! New name at the moment is "Renaissance and Our Times", as we're working on looking at several different topics from the Ancient World, The Florentine Renaissance and Contemporary conversations all together and see how some interesting ideas are re-emerging in our times, once again!
First episode is a reflection on our friend Tom in LA's interview with an author of several commentaries on Dante's Divine Comedy, Fr. Paul Pearson.
Listen: Tom LA, Fr. Paul Pearson - and How to Read Dante Spiritually
Second episode is a commentary on an overview of the Italian Renaissance and Humanism, and the later Protestant and Baroque reactions by historian John Strickland.
Listen: Positive Reactions after the New Papacy. Commentary to John Strickland.
It's also becoming increasingly clear how many of the very secular presentations of the Humanism in the 14 hundreds in Florence are largely misleading, if not directly wrong. Famous writers like Manetti and Mirandola are more presenting the idea that humans are indeed in the center of the World, but a world which is created by the Divine, and framed within a Catholic Cosmology and Theology. Others important writers, like the founder of the Platonian Academy in Florence, Marsilio Ficino, is at times much more focusing on the Greek tradition, but still religious and working towards a unified and integrated vision of the spiritual and material.