Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Amazing days

"By 1500 a good Latinist could find as many jobs open to him as a psychologist today; a mediocre Graecist could find students eager to pay him almost anywhere in Europe; and any sort of Hebraist at all could cause a stir by hanging out his scholarly shingle. In the hottest part of a Paris summer a young Italian Humanist, Aleander, announced a series of lectures on a third-rate Roman poet, Ausonius. Two thousand people turned out for the first lecture and listened for two hours and a half -- according to the lecturer, with no signs of fatigue. On the third day, all the seats were taken at eleven o'clock although the lecture did not begin until one. It is a famous story not because it was unusual, but because it was fairly typical of the Humanist and his audience during the classical revival."

E. Harris Harbison, The Christian Scholar in the Age of the Reformation, pages 33-34.

God is able to awaken again a passion for knowledge that will serve the larger cause of spiritual revival and reformation.