Morgendämmerung, oder, Wie man mit dem Hammer theologirt.
Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit id es semper esse puerum.
Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
Homo sum humani nihil a me alienum puto.
Semper idem sed non eodem modo.


Verbum domini manet in aeternum. The word of the Lord endures forever.
1 Peter 1:24-25, quoting Isaiah 40:6,8. Motto of the Lutheran Reformation.

Fayth onely justifieth before God. Robert Barnes, DD The Supplication, fourth essay. London: Daye, 1572.

Lord if Thou straightly mark our iniquity, who is able to abide Thy judgement? Wherefore I trust in no work that I ever did, but only in the death of Jesus Christ. I do not doubt, but through Him to inherit the kingdom of heaven. Robert Barnes, DD, before he was burnt alive for "heresy", 30 July 1540.

What is Luther? The doctrine is not mine, nor have I been crucified for anyone. Martin Luther, Dr. theol. (1522)

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08 July 2007

The Seven Wonders of the World

We now have a new list of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was released in Lisbon, and the effort was begun in 1999 by Swiss businessman and adventurer Bernard Weber. Somewhere between 90 and 100 million votes were cast by Internet and cellphone, a twenty-first century production indeed. Here they are:

The Great Wall of China.
Petra, Jordan.
Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Brazil.
Machu Picchu, Peru.
Chichen Itza pyramid, Mexico.
The Colosseum, Rome.
Taj Mahal, India.

Among the also rans: Eiffel Tower, Paris; Easter Island, Pacific Ocean; The Statue of Libery, New York; the Acropolis, Greece; the Kremlin and St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow; the Sydney Opera House, Australia; Stonehenge, England; the Angkor, Cambodia; the Alhambra, Spain; Hagia Sophia, Turkey; Kiyomizu Temple, Japan; Timbuktu, Mali; Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany.

What about the old Seven Wonders of the World. That was a list compiled by the ancient Greeks. Here it is:

The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.
The Colossus of Rhodes.
Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Of these, only the pyramids still exist. They were given an honourary status along with the seven new wonders. That only seems right. They're still here, and still a true wonder of the world. How do you not become a wonder of the world, especially when you add to it surviving the other original six?

What's of Lutheran interest about this? It doesn't hurt to know a little something about the world into which we are sent and into which He came, kind of like St Paul at the Areopagus (Acts 17:16-34).


Lucian said...

I wrote a little essay on the significance of the number Seven in Jewish thought and Christian-Orthodox tradition. If You think You might be interested, maybe I can e-mail it to You.

Past Elder said...

Hey Lucian -- sorry to be so long in responding. Real life gets in the way of blogging sometimes! Please send the essay to my gmail, pastelder at gmail dot com