Saturday, November 07, 2009

To new visitors:

I see that Inside Catholic has republished my complaint about indecency in the local library, Neighborhood Pornucopia.

Welcome to new visitors! Action at this blog is quite slow this year. Those interested in recent activity should see my Twitter page.

Athanasius Kircher's Tarantella

Fr. Athanasius Kircher, SJ, was a genuine Renaissance Man of the 17th century. A logician, a mathematician, a vulcanologist, a phonologist, an Egyptologist...

His position as "alpha scholar" is secure enough. Just read what New Advent and Wikipedia have to say of his accomplishments.

Now Western Confucian points us to a Tarantella dance he composed:

"With all his learning and vast amount of adulation which he received on all sides, Kircher retained throughout his life a deep humility and a childlike piety," the old Catholic Encyclopedia writes.

Truly, a model for every intellectual.