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Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow;
He who would search for pearls, must dive below.

— John Dryden

On Athanasius


  • Latin Athanasius < Greek Ἀθανάσιος < ἀ- not + θανάτος death
  • Hence means “immortal” — see John 3:16 and John 11:25-26a

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good,
but that God will make us good because He loves us.

— C. S. Lewis

Athanasius I of Alexandria

  • Renowned Christian theologian, Church Father, and chief defender of Trinitarianism against Arianism
  • Born c. 296–298 AD, died 2 May, 373
  • Wrote Contra Gentes and De Incarnatione (“a masterpiece”) aged 20–22
  • Served as secretary to Patriarch Alexander of Alexandria at the First Council of Nicæa in 325
  • Patriarch and Archbishop of Alexandria (Roman Provincia Ægyptus) for 45 years (328–373)
  • Spent more than 17 years in five exiles ordered by four different Roman emperors
  • Known as “Father of the Canon” because he was the first to identify the 27 books of the New Testament in use today
  • Said at Nicæa: “Jesus that I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God”
  His epitaph is Athanasius contra mundum, “Athanasius against the world.” We are proud that our own country has more than once stood against the world. Athanasius did the same. He stood for the Trinitarian doctrine, “whole and undefiled,” when it looked as if all the civilised world was slipping back from Christianity into the religion of Arius — into one of those “sensible” synthetic religions which are so strongly recommended today and which, then as now, included among their devotees many highly cultivated clergymen. It is his glory that he did not move with the times; it is his reward that he now remains when those times, as all times do, have moved away.
 — C. S. Lewis, Introduction to Athanasius: On the Incarnation

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

— Winston Churchill

Athanasius the PerlMonk

Evangelical Christian (Baptist)

Web Presence

PerlMonks Poetry




PerlMonks Career

Level Title XP Date

1 Initiate 0  1 May 2012
2 Novice 20  5 May 2012
3 Acolyte 50  9 May 2012
4 Sexton 90 17 May 2012
5 Beadle 150  4 Jun 2012
6 Scribe 250 14 Jun 2012
7 Monk 400 30 Jun 2012
8 Pilgrim 600 18 Jul 2012
9 Friar 900  8 Aug 2012
10 Hermit 1,300 31 Aug 2012
11 Chaplain 1,800 28 Sep 2012
12 Deacon 2,400 30 Oct 2012
13 Curate 3,000  3 Dec 2012
14 Priest 4,000 25 Jan 2013
15 Vicar 5,400 20 Apr 2013
16 Parson 7,000 17 Aug 2013
17 Prior 9,000 19 Dec 2013
18 Monsignor 12,000 18 Jul 2014
19 Abbot 16,000 13 Jan 2015
20 Canon 22,000 20 Sep 2015
21 Chancellor 30,000 9 Oct 2016
22 Bishop 40,000
23 Archbishop 50,000
24 Cardinal 60,000
25 Sage 70,000
26 Saint 80,000
27 Apostle 90,000
28 Pope 100,000

You know the old saying:
any technology sufficiently advanced
is indistinguishable from a Perl s‎crip‎t.

Programming Perl (The Camel Book)

Posts by Athanasius
NoŽl, NoŽl in Perl Poetry
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by Athanasius
on Dec 25, 2014 at 01:03

    It’s Christmas! Ring the Monastery bell,
    As we with joy recall that first NoŽl
    When shepherds, watching through the lonely night,
    Were over-awed by heaven’s glorious light.

    With cheer, we’ll greet our brother monks, and sisters,
    And amnesty extend to Pythonistas,
    And other erring souls; foreach, today,
    We wish bright blessings in a long @array.

    And tho’ at times, alas!, we make a %hash
    Of our Monastic Rule, with insults rash
    And words unkind: today we start anew
    And map our way with kinder goals in view.

    A maid needs help with syntax? We’ll not fail ’er.
    A hill of bugs is in our way? We’ll $scalar.
    Tho’ all the year in Perl we script — and well, —
    Today it’s “Per”, in honour of NoŽl.

    © 2014

    Merry Christmas!

    Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum Iustus alius egestas vitae, eros Piratica,

The PerlMonk's Progress in Perl Poetry
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by Athanasius
on May 01, 2013 at 09:59
    Happy Monkday!!
    You’ve been here 1 thrilling year.

    Is it really a whole year since I joined the Monastery? I’m so glad I did, and so very grateful to all the monks whose enthusiasm and dedication make PerlMonks the special place it is.

    So this seems like a good opportunity to post a rather long poem I wrote to meet the challenge of finding rhymes for all the monastic levels, from Initiate to Pope.

    Enjoy! :-)


    Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum Iustus alius egestas vitae, eros Piratica,

Reflections from the Hermitage in Perl Poetry
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by Athanasius
on Sep 08, 2012 at 04:59

    5 Perlimericks

    A team of aspiring Perlistas
    Would type till their fingers got blisters.
         But without their espresso,
         The code was a mess, so
    They had to take turns as baristas.
    A Perl coder sheepdog named Shep,
    As a herder acquired a rep —
         An array he did keep
         Full of cows, goats, and sheep,
    Then he gathered the sheep using grep.
    Said the Scribe, as his postings increased,
    “An obsession? No, not in the least!
         With my time I’m restrictive.
         I know it’s addictive.”
    At the last report, he was a Priest...
    An old coder’s wit (not a flash of it!)
    Rejected my Perl (the whole stash of it).
         He’d been coding all day
         An associative array,
    So I said, “Well, you’ve sure made a hash of it!”
    Said the boss, “Java’s pure and sublime;
    To use anything else is a crime.”
         But a rebel named Earl
         Said “I much prefer Perl” —
    And his project was finished on time.

    © 2012

    Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum

Scenes from the Monastery in Perl Poetry
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by Athanasius
on Aug 17, 2012 at 05:38
    5 Rhyming Haikus
    Newcomer puzzled
    By de-refs; but quickly copes
    With lexical scopes.
    Seeker of wisdom
    Finds that reputation lags
    For want of <code> tags.
    Fresh-minted Friar
    Learning Consideration
    In Moderation.
    Tricky answer found—
    Dancing and cries of “Whoopie!”
    As in rolls XP.
    Newbies, scholars, saints,
    Together in the cloisters
    Opening oysters.

    © 2012

    Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum

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