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This part of France, the Franche-Comté,  is filled with out-of-the-way places that have the ability to surprise and amaze.  Following a road not taken or a sign formerly ignored may lead to nothing or to a jewel.  The latter is true of our trip following the sign and the gradually narrowing road to a small, well-kept chapel.  The “well-kept” part may be a bit surprising, considering the chapel is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by forest with a stream running unseen but heard nearby.  Although the road appears to be someone’s drive, the green expanse in front of the chapel is mowed and the chapel clean, despite the smell of damp that lead us to keep the unlocked doors open during our visit to help it air out.

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I confess!!  No more torturing me to see if I’ve told the truth.  I love “Blue Bloods” and I love Tom Selleck!  OK.  Are you satisfied now???  (Note to husband: no worries.  You’re still #1 in my life. And you look pretty darn good yourself!) (more…)

I’ve always thought that believing in evolution takes more faith than believing in a supreme being, who or whatever you may believe him (or her) to be. What’s easier or more logical about believing that…

there was a speck of something somewhere in space (where did the speck and space come from and were they eternal?)…

that somehow morphed into some primordial ooze (what did the ooze ooze onto and where did that come from?)…

that then somehow turned itself into (and I don’t care how many years you allow that change to take) a one- or two-celled creature that managed to eventually become something slightly more complex and so on and so on…

until this (or “these” if besides evolving, it also managed to replicate) all in some incredible fashion became plants and rocks and the sun and trees and water and sky and clouds and minerals and the planets (and just happened to arrange themselves into an orderly universe held together by gravity they were somehow also able to arrange, pretty high level thinking and doing for “things”) and fish and birds and dinosaurs and animals and, of all the animals, monkeys…

who then somehow evolved into humans, but then decided not to evolve into humans anymore and just stopped…

rather than believing in a supreme being who created all the incredible diversity in this world (and any others you might care to imagine)? Supreme beings, like floods, figure in every culture and history of the world. No matter how you style your supreme being, how is evolution more logical? And how is it not a religion, but science?

Why don’t I go to the zoo one day and as I approach Monkey Island, see a naked former-monkey-now-evolved-human stand there looking puzzled and searching for clothes?

Seems very unscientific and not at all logical to me. Is it easier to believe in one big “chance”, a supreme being, who then takes care of everything else or millions of smaller but all crucial “chances” without which we don’t arrive where we are today?

For unbelief was easier than belief, much less demanding and subtly flattering because the agnostic felt himself to be intellectually superior to the believer. And then unbelief haunted by faith, as she knew by experience, produced a rather pleasant nostalgia, while belief haunted by doubt involved real suffering; that she knew now by intuition, soon probably she would know it by experience also. One had to be haunted by one or the other, she imagined, and to make the choice if only subconsciously. She was ashamed that subconsciously she had chosen not to suffer.” The Scent of Water, Elizabeth Goudge