The Fear of Hell

The Fear of Hell

by Piero Camporesi
     
 

In the first part of the book, Camporesi argues that the fear of hell, which prevailed in Europe over many hundreds of years, has now almost completely faded. The Eucharist, or host, the subject of the second part of the book, represented corporeal salvation for early modern Christians and was therefore closely linked with the imagery of hell, the place of perpetual…  See more details below

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In the first part of the book, Camporesi argues that the fear of hell, which prevailed in Europe over many hundreds of years, has now almost completely faded. The Eucharist, or host, the subject of the second part of the book, represented corporeal salvation for early modern Christians and was therefore closely linked with the imagery of hell, the place of perpetual corporeal destruction.

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Greer (Yale Divinity School) argues that Christianity of the fourth and fifth centuries was caught between an ethic of individual virtue and one of corporate empowerment (the divinely established church). People were taught that they had free will and also taught what their correct choices were. Belief in miracles was one way the resulting tension was relieved. Makes extensive use of primary sources. A lively book, which begins with the announcement that Hell is now closed and has no plans to reopen. Draws on Italian preachers and theologians of the counter-reformation to tell us what it was like (not too different from a modern city, actually). Camporesi (Italian literature, U. of Bologna) also examines the period's conception of the eucharist, considered so beneficial in this life and the next that a sizeable black market supplied both the regular and occasional user. Translated from the 1987 Italian edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780745606460
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Pages:
221

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