“There is no greater drama in human record than the sight of a few Christians scorned or oppressed by a succession of emperors, bearing all trials by a fierce tenacity, multiplying quietly, building order while their enemies generated chaos, fighting the sword with the Word, brutality with hope, and at last defeating the strongest state that history has ever know. Caesar and Christ had met in the arena and Christ had won.”
Will Durant, Caesar and Christ (1944)
All the armies that have ever marched All the navies that have ever sailed All the parliaments that have ever sat All the kings that ever reigned put together Have not affected the life of mankind on earth As powerfully as that one solitary life
From One Solitary Life
I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.
H. G. Wells
O felix culpa quae talem et tantum meruit habere redemptorem
Exsultet, Easter Vigil
We haven’t had an open thread in a while and I needed an excuse to post the above video. As always be charitable, be concise and be amusing.
Something for the weekend. Erocia (Heroic) by Beethoven. Beethoven originally had dedictated Eroica to Napoleon. When he heard that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor here was his reaction according to one of this pupils:
I was the first to tell him the news that Buonaparte had declared himself Emperor, whereupon he broke into a rage and exclaimed, “So he is no more than a common mortal! Now, too, he will tread under foot all the rights of man, indulge only his ambition; now he will think himself superior to all men, become a tyrant!”
Beethoven ripped the dediction to Napoleon from the title page of Eroica. This post has videos for the first two movements. Continue Reading
Something for the Weekend. The ending of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This section of the Ninth Symphony gets played so frequently that we lose sight of just what a creation of genius it is. Beethoven’s culminating masterpiece, composed, astonishingly enough, when he was completely deaf. Continue Reading
Something for the weekend. Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven.