The End of Limbo
What happens to all the babies who used to be there?
Correction s, April 25, 2007: The original version asserted that biblical figures like Noah and Moses live in Dante's limbo. The work states that they were lifted from limbo to heaven by Jesus Christ. (Return to the corrected sentence.) The original version also said that Presbyterian, Baptist, and German and Dutch reformed traditions believe in predestination. Baptists do not; only the most conservative Presbyterians and German and Dutch reformed traditions do. (Return to the corrected sentence.)
Correction, May 1, 2007: The original version said that the Roman Catholic Church can never be wrong. The doctrine of "infallibility" applies only in certain contexts. (Return to the corrected sentence.)
Michelle Tsai is a Beijing-based writer working on a book about Chinatowns on six continents. She blogs at ChinatownStories.com.
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