WHAT IS THE DANTE CONNECTION?
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As you can tell from its subtitle, A Divine Comedy of Dice, Deception, and Deliverance, GOD DOESNT SHOOT CRAPS is based in part on Dante Alighieris epic three-part poem, The Divine Comedy.
Dont worry. You dont have to know a darn thing about The Divine Comedy in order to enjoy the novel. I can vouch for that because I scarcely know a darn thing about it myself!
I take that back. Ive read it ... well, er, parts of it, but I certainly dont portray myself as a Dante scholar. Ive listened to a few lectures about it in college and, more recently, a magnificent three-part lecture series presented by Dr. M. Craig Barnes at the National Presbyterian Church.
(For information about receiving a recording of this lecture series on CD, click here. Dr. Barnes has also written a superb book on the subject called Searching for Home, which is available from Amazon.)
All you really need to know about The Divine Comedy in order to enjoy GOD DOESNT SHOOT CRAPS is that its the story of a middle-aged man who has lost his way in life. He encounters the ghost of the ancient Roman poet, Virgil, who gives him a guided tour of the afterlife Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. But The Divine Comedy is not about the afterlife so much as it is about our lives here on earth.
What is the purpose of life? What is the right way to live? What is the nature of sin and how can we avoid it? These are the themes of The Divine Comedy, and these are the themes of GOD DOESNT SHOOT CRAPS as well.
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