Now I've seen it:
The Best of the Best!
The Most Beautiful of the Beautiful!
The Most Elegant of the Elegant!
I saw the Canadian Figure Skating Pair, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir,
skate to the Gold Medal in Ice Dancing.
They were closely followed by the pairs from France and the USA.
While the runner-ups did their utmostr and skated brilliantly,
they could not match the Certainty, the Elegance, the Panache
of the Canadian Duo.
Do you remember the British team of Torvill and Dean?
They, who made the "Bolero" famous among people who had never heard of Ravel before.
They were the Icons of Ice Dancing at the Sarajevo Olympics in 1984.
Judges gave them a never before heard of twelve 6s and six 5.9s.
Well, Torvill and Dean have just been dethroned
by Virtue and Moir as the greatest ice dancers EVER.
I know that Canadian athletes have achieved other great results
about which I have not written.
I just figure that you will hear about all of it in the papers and on the TV News.
Let me just tell you: If you are a Canadian: Be proud ! Bertstravels
A long ranging discussion lead us
exactly nowhere, since there are many different interpretations of
I share the interpretation of the
British Philosopher, Bertrand Russell, who, along with many other
thinkers maintained that
“we may define “faith” as a firm
belief in something for which there is no evidence. Where there is
evidence, no one speaks of “faith”. We do not speak of “faith”
that two and two make four, or that the Earth is round. We
only speak of “faith” when we wish to substitute emotion for
Others described “faith” as a process of active non-thinking, of
the acceptance of ideas not only in the absence of evidence, but in
fact sometimes in spite of existing evidence to the contrary.
In the Roman Catholic Faith, for instance, it is necessary to believe
that during the celebration of a Holy Mass, the waiver of bread
actually changes into the body of Jesus Christ, while the sip of Red
Wine within the chalice changes into the actual blood of the “Son
Now, this requires a good portion of “Faith.”
In both, the Catholic, as well as in the Protestant version of
Christianity, Faith is an absolute necessary ingredient of getting to
The big difference, as I understand it, is, that The Roman Catholic
teaching requires Faith and Good Works, while the Protestants
and in particular the “Born Again Christians” require Faith
In both cases “Faith” is the number one requirement. Without
Faith, there is no ticket to Heaven. There is only the slippery Road
Billy Graham, surely one of the most important proponents of the
“born again doctrine” said this in his book ”How to be born
again”: While morality or Do-Goodness may win the approval of
men, it is not acceptable to God, nor does it reflect His full moral
Now we come to a very tricky part: You or I can decide to do good
works. I or you may make a decision to feed the hungry and clothe the
naked to the extent of our ability and without hesitation we may go
about doing exactly that.
But we just don't believe that Jesus is the
Son of God, in fact we are not even sure that there is an entity with
all the powers of a God. We just lack that “Faith.”
How about Faith? Can you decide tomorrow to have Faith? Can I truly
state that as of right now I will have the degree of Faith required
to achieve heaven? I can do that no more than I can decide that
tomorrow I will have green eyes, and as of right now I shall be 6' 6”
Now I have to decide to believe ( have Faith ) in something for which
there is not one shred of evidence, which, in fact, often is contrary
to existing evidence.
The absurdities, contradictions, and downright inanities of the
entire Bible are, for me, completely impossible to believe.
Do I believe in the existence of God? There is no evidence! Therefore
I cannot be a Theist.
Do I believe in the non-existence of God? There is also no evidence!
Therefore I cannot be an Atheist!
is left with the little but honest corner of the Agnostic.