The Glass Bead Game & Pope Emeritus Benedict


The Glass Bead Game & Pope Emeritus Benedict.

“Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” Matthew 13:52

Herman Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game offers an insight into the mind of the Nobel Prize winning writer. The story of a world which has rebelled against superficial scholarship where elite scholars give themselves to a life of celibacy, contemplation, and an elegant game of creating beautiful connections between concepts known as “the glass bead game”. In the novel, Hesse speaks on the notions of truth, culture and the proper role of scholarship.

In this talk presented at Scholarship in the Cathedral, Anthony Krohn explores the themes of The Glass Bead Game and presents some insightful parallels with the life and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.


This talk was presented as part of the Scholarship in the Cathedral series being organised by the Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame Sydney.

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