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.
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).
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