Celestial Pleasures: Renaissance and Reformation Heavens

John Casey

in After Lives

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195092950
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199869732 | DOI:
Celestial Pleasures: Renaissance and Reformation Heavens

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The contemplative heaven of Dante soon gave way to heavens that allowed a greater variety of human and sensuous pleasures. Voyagers tried to rediscover the earthly paradise. The chapter examines the humanist heaven of the Renaissance humanist, Lorenzo Valla, which vigorously insists on the need for individual, human delights, and the intellectual heavenly pleasures of Erasmus. Luther's earthy, if philosophically unsophisticated, vision of the next life is evoked, as is the attempt by St. Francis de Sales to charm his readers into heaven.

Keywords: sensuous pleasures; humanist heaven; earthly paradise; Lorenzo Valla; Erasmus; Luther; Francis de Sales

Chapter.  11884 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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