Digital typography for Maundy Thursday
Our Lutheran brother, the venerable Donald E. Knuth responds to the question “If you weren’t busy writing your masterpieces, what technology would you try to revolutionize […]?” from a journalist for the Free Software Magazine:
Well, certainly I would try to work for world peace and justice. I tend to think of myself as a citizen of the world; I am pleasantly excited when I see the world getting smaller and people of different cultures working together and respecting their differences. Conversely I am distressed when I learn about deep-seated hatred or when I see people exploiting others or shoving them around pre-emptively.
We also learn that our Anglican sister Mimi Burbank, former production manager of TUGboat, has joined the South Rwenzori Diocese of the Church of Uganda as a volunteer in the diocesan office under the guidance of Bishop Jackson Nzerebende Tembo:
One of her goals is to record the people’s stories, both traditional and those of contemporary life. She will be using her computer skills to build web pages for the diocese, to record for donors in the U.S. the activities of their adopted Ugandan parish — including the construction of a new roof for the cathedral.
And our brothers in the Greek Orthodox tradition, Ioannis A. Vamvakas and Panagiotis Kotopoulis, in their article ‘ByZLaTeX: A package for typesetting “Byzantine” music’, gently admonished me of my western-church arrogant certitude and lovingly enlightened me a little bit more about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by introducing this passage from the book Elements of Faith by Christos Yannaras (ISBN 0567291901):
The Greek understands Truth in relation with his fellow-men, he “… refuses to exhaust knowledge of the truth in its formulation…”, which is a fundamental concept in the [western] Roman world.
May I wish the gentle readers a blessed Holy Week, and remind them of the first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism:
What is the chief end of man?
Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.
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