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If anyone is interested in the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica from the point of view of religious history, be sure to read Scott Erb’s blog. Scott is in Italy for a few days as part of a travel course to Italy involving 16 students and will be blogging from there.

As Scott points out, in his entryVatican Voices” about the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica, he stands in “awe [because of] the way in which our very civilization was saved by, shaped by and is still affected by the Roman Catholic Church.” Scott points out art works and other valuable historic sites then writes:

“As I left I felt like all day I’d been hearing ‘Vatican voices.’ Voices from the past, connecting the present with all the ebbs, flows, and shifts of western history, a history of which the Church has been the center.  I am not  a Roman Catholic, I am not a Christian — though my beliefs on spiritual matters are very close to Christianity….”

Michelangelo's Pieta

I’ll be following Scott’s posts as he travels in Italy.  Others might want to bookmark Scott Erb’s blog and follow him also.

For other information, see the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Scott Erb, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine at Farmington, usually blogs about the economy.

February 2009