Soccer is what Religion should be…

At least according to Sean Wilsey, a writer who contributed to a National Geographic (June 2006) story on “The Beautiful Game” in anticipation of the 2006 World Cup.

Here is what Wilsey wrote,

What is soccer if not everything that religion should be? Universal yet particular, the source of an infinitely renewable supply of hope, occasionally miraculous, and governed by simple uncontradictory rules that everyone can follow.

I wonder if Wilsey realized that he described Christianity, which JI Packer correctly describes as the “true worship and service of the True God”?

Shall we run down the list? Notice that each of these qualifications has been raised (sometimes vehemently) as objections to Christianity.

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Tsukiji Fish Market

I’ve enjoyed reading National Geographic since I was a lad (yes for the articles). The pictures are top notch as well and they complement the stories quite nicely.

One thing I enjoy about the magazine is their propensity to do stories on far away and exotic places (i.e. the Kuril Islands).

At work, we have an old National Geographic from 1995. The cover story is about man’s harvesting of the sea and its effects.

However, within that story there is an article about the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo which I have read more than a few times. I was amazed at some of the facts about the market presented in the piece.

For example,

  • It handles more than 400 types of seafood
  • It moves about 5 million pounds of seafood every day (approx. $28 million)
  • It employs 60,000 people

Click here for pictures from the National Geographic story.