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What is "the sin that no Christian need pardon"?

This is an allusion to the book of Matthew: Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto ...
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What does "Catholic privilege" mean in Pym's Excellent Women?

This is remarkably difficult to track down as every source I can find online which uses the phrase ‘full catholic privileges’ does so with an expectation of the reader already knowing what it is ...
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What does "Catholic privilege" mean in Pym's Excellent Women?

Spagirl’s answer seems correct to me, but as the OP has expressed some difficulties, I’m going to have a go at addressing them. The main source of difficulty, I think, is “Catholic privileges”. This ...
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What is "the sin that no Christian need pardon"?

The general reference is to Matthew 18.21–22, wherein Jesus advises Peter that a Christian should forgive another's sins as many as four hundred and ninety times: 21Then came Peter to him, and said, ...
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What is the connection between "Holy Thursday" from Songs of Experience and the actual day?

The "Holy Thursday" to which Blake's poems refer is not Maundy Thursday, but Ascension Day, the celebration of Jesus's rise to heaven in his corporeal form. In the Anglican tradition, this ...
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Does the blackness in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader have any religious significance?

The religious symbolism and iconography in Lewis's writing has been analysed by many; one useful examination is Salwa Khoddam's 2001 paper "'Where Sky and Water Meet''": Christian ...
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Significance of "further up and further in"?

The notion is probably taken from Dante most immediately, but it's something which Lewis felt to be valuable in the mediaeval world-view in general. He describes it most completely in his The ...
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Retrieving Beckman (1982) rendering of the Zoroastrian Avesta

Gary Beckman is a scholar of Near Eastern Religion at the University of Michigan, and among his other works, he has translated an account of a battle between the Hittite storm god Tarhunna and a ...
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Who or what is 'our God' in Swinburne's 'Ave atque Vale'?

Jerome McGann offers the following interpretation of this line: Swinburne describes his active and passive relation to the noble dead when he speaks of the “opening leaves of holy poets’ pages.” They ...
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What does "Catholic privilege" mean in Pym's Excellent Women?

"They" is the visitors. The reference to memory in "I did not remember" is just a conversational hedge, like when someone might say "No, not to my recollection". The ...
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What view of evil is presented by Woland in Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita?

Woland's image is different from the usual description because he doesn't hurt people intentionally. He gives people a chance of deliberate choice. Thus he does justice rather than embodies evil. The ...
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