"Out of our midst he plucked the shadeof our first parent, of Abel his son, of Noah,and of Moses, obedient in giving laws,the patriarch Abraham, and David the king,Israel with his father and his sons,and with Rachel, for whom he served so long,as well as many others, and he made them blessed.And, I would have you know, before theseno human souls were saved."Virgil to Dante, Inferno IV, 55-63, Hollander translationI thought this might go well with Michael Peppard's post on East Cocker and Robert Imbelli's post on Ratzinger.On Wednesday I'll have my first post up at Verdicts about Inferno I-VI. I look forward to starting our discussion then.

Scott D. Moringiello is an an assistant professor in the Department of Catholic Studies at DePaul University, where he teaches courses in Catholic theology and religion and literature. He blogs at dotCommonweal.

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