Dante and the Experience of Paradise Join Mark Vernon, author of Dante's Divine Comedy: A Guide for the Spiritual Journey, as he explores themes of transformation, paradise and spiritual intelligence in this famous narrative poem. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri is many things: a personal crisis, a critique of corruption, an unsurpassed poem, and a celebration of love. It is also, as Mark Vernon points out, a reflection of human transformation and spiritual intelligence. This talk on Tuesday 15 March, 7.30-9pm, will examine the transformation Dante underwent and discuss how human beings today can undergo a similar transformation. By doing this, the evening will aim to show how the poem can be read as offering a pathway to nothing less than divine perception and, as a result, is just as relevant today as it was 700 years ago. This talk will be held online via Zoom. If you'd like to attend the event but are not free to join us live online, please do buy a ticket and you'll receive a link to the recording the following day. Find out more about using Zoom for our events About Mark Vernon: Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist and writer and has a particular interest in ancient philosophy and inner life. He has completed a PhD in ancient philosophy and also holds degrees in physics and theology. His latest book, Dante's Divine Comedy: A Guide for the Spiritual Journey, was published exactly 700 years after Dante's death in 1321 and provides a narrative retelling of the famous poem. Mark has previously delivered talks for us on the subject of Dante's Divine Comedy and we are delighted that he has agreed to share his latest insights with us again. Clergy and Reader Training Grants: Starting in January 2022, we are very pleased to be able to offer clergy and Readers in the diocese of St Albans complimentary access to our Adult Learning courses, talks, study days, and reading groups. To sign up for this event, please email [email protected] with your name and role and we will confirm your place.