As of this moment, I have only made it through to Quid facit peccaum in morte (What sin does in death) of “Stimulus Consciencie Minor,” yet, I have strong feelings in regards to this text despite having not yet read it in its entirety, and want to share these feelings with you. Be warned, I was raised Roman Catholic and revolted around the age of fourteen; so my prejudices, interpretations, opinions, and assertions about this extremely didactic text may not agree with everyone. But, I cannot help but to think of this text (insofar as I’ve read it) as an advertisement- a (probably) very persuasive, fear-instilling, self-interestedly targeted, desirously tempting bribe. In my personal opinion, righteousness, goodness, and innocence are characterized by selflessness…and not just necessarily selflessness but an ever present and nonexclusive attention and affection for others (and this is not necessarily just other human beings…there are also animals and the environment to consider, for example) for the benefit and wellness of…well, life as a whole. I, personally, do not feel that having to be warned about the hotness of the fire of hell, the pains of purgatory, and hear of the grandeur of god’s (God’s) goods in heaven which exceed all goods and joys on Earth in order to willingly, conscientiously, and rather naturally live righteously and without sin. I find Stimulus Consciencie Minor contradictory, quite honestly. I am beguiled by this texts ability to demand an individual be free from sin and then positively insist that they’ve already lived and will continue to live in sin, that they can cleanse their sins in purgatory and then reiterate that once one’s sinned they are damned to hell, to emphasize the generosity of god and then condemn the physical body to being sacks of stinking dung and life on Earth to a folly, to a futile, deceiving, half-true/completely false enterprise which is actually wrought with misery in comparison to the wonderfulness of god’s heaven. My hopes have been rather smashed for this text, but perhaps the next pages will change my mind.
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