Since the dawn of time, humans have contemplated our purpose and our Creator. A strand of nonbelievers (atheists) has been embedded with every passing society but has been growing in our current society with greater vigor and conviction as the more enlightened ones who are the true proprietors of science, knowledge, and keys to our future progress. So let these writings here be a bulwark to nonbelievers and a proponent to believers in God as the much more rational, enlightened, and sound pathway to pursue for individuals and societies.
To begin making a
compelling case in the belief of a God versus no God, let’s first examine our existence
and everything we know. If existence and
everything we know is GOOD, then this would be compelling evidence for a Godly
Intelligent Designer. If existence is indifferent
or irrelevant, then atheists would have a stronger case (but existence itself does
reveal creation, and everything exists from a preceding thing). If existence is bad, then evidence would
reveal a diabolical designer.
From observing and studying existence (via sciences), we can easily witness and understand the infinite beauty abound within it. Beauty is better than no beauty—would anyone dispute this? Therefore, if beauty is better than no beauty, then beauty is GOOD. And GOOD is evidence of an Intelligent Designer because GOOD cannot derive from that which is nothing. Seeing all the beauty abound within our universe is the fundamental pillar to rationally conclude the existence of a God. Studying all the sciences will reveal the beautifully ordered universe following universal laws of energy, mass, motion, cause-and-effect, balance, coordination, and harmony endlessly creating and destroying to create again (“beauty from ashes” adage.) The universe is a symphony of orbiting existences all going through birth-growth-death in different mediums and forms all following universal laws and order. How the big bang exploded into a synchronized orchestra of infinite perpetual creation is incomprehensible and far too remarkable to be a coincidence of nothing—the opposite of which is far too illogical and, simply put, a little naive.
Now let’s dive deeper into the infinite and immeasurable beauty abound within the universe and the inquisitively enormous complexities of it all—further demonstrating the inconceivable amazement and proof of an Intelligent Designer. Ponder, for a moment, all the different KNOWN elements (hydrogen, helium, lithium, carbon, etc.), which combine with each other to form infinite substances of air, earth, fire, and water. Amazing. Supernovas spawning complex elements throughout the universe hitting earth to provide humans more elements to create more and more complex inventions (nuclear energy, computers, smart phones, etc). How about the countless different species of animals and plants? Moons orderly orbiting planets orbiting stars orbiting galaxies orbiting something else. Electrons orbiting the nucleus combining to create cells orbiting around our body’s heart. All the perfectly ordered sciences of the universe—mathematics, chemistry, physics, astronomy, etc.. Yet boundless wonder and marvel remain far beyond what we already know through sciences including the remarkable power of the mind and energy.
To further reveal the abundance of beauty (GOOD) everywhere, let’s point to a few universal examples of beauty with such exquisite complexities (of which there are infinite examples)—each awe inspiring and so moving to anyone willing to take notice and begin to understand. The celestial stars in the night sky displaying a splendor of sparkling light; sunsets and sunrises painting our skies with a brilliant glow; solar and lunar eclipses magically colliding dark and light; our earth beaming full of life when viewed from outer space; our vast oceans breathing in-and-out with each wave; mountains and canyons being shaped perfectly over time by the Great Artist’s chisel; jungles and forests being cultivated with a smorgasbord of seeds generating an explosion of plants and animals; the human anatomy stitching together the delicate brain, heart, eye and all to create the miracle of us with all our senses; the female body (undoubtedly a work of Art); and all the different colors, tastes, feelings, scents and sounds (music) to endlessly astound us everyday.
The perfectly balanced, correlated, coordinated universe harmoniously moving all its parts is far too beautiful and unfathomable for us to comprehend. Our sun shining down light, energy, and life for our earth to grow and flourish from all its seeds; giving life to plants and animals balanced between CO2 and O2; evaporating water to rain down to nourish and clean all things. Our sun leading with gravity to guide and perfectly spin our earth around its orbit creating our days and seasons. Earth providing all the necessary materials for man to endlessly build and create inventions and structures—wood, stone, bronze, copper, steel, concrete, uranium, rare-earth materials, fire, coal, oil, gas, etc. Plants and animals symbiotically balancing each species (more worms create more birds to reduce worms’ growth, etc.).
To finalize the indisputable case for an Intelligent Designer—based on the simple principle of that which is right has might—the overwhelming majority of renowned pioneers, leaders, and scientists (YES—our most intelligent scientists!) throughout history have been strong believers—not nonbelievers. The closer you are to truth, the more powerful you are to understand how things really work, and then to influence others. People are naturally drawn to truths—not falsehoods (another innate example of a God’s presence in us).
Seek any list of the most prominent pioneers, leaders, or scientists throughout history and you will notice almost all are believers in God. This reveals the power of believing in God, which is truth, to propel individuals further in life. A sample list of the most prominent pioneers throughout history who were (are) God believers—Lewis & Clark, Cornelius Vanderbilt, J.P. Morgan, Thomas Edison, John D Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos. A sample list of the most prominent leaders throughout history who were (are) God believers—Ramses II, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Moses, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Confucius, Otto Von Bismark, Otto I the Great, Constantine the Great, Muhammad, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, William the Conqueror, Joan of Arc, Charles V, Martin Luther, Charlemagne, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr, John Kennedy, Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, and Mother Teresa.
finally, a sample list of the most intelligent and renowned scientists of all
time (most accompanied with quotes to highlight the conviction in their beliefs)
to enlighten all those remaining nonbelievers beyond any reasonable doubt of
the existence of God:
Charles Darwin (surprised?)
Leonardo da Vinci (arguably the smartest person ever known)
” God is known by nature in his works, and by doctrine in his revealed world”
” We account the Scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatever”
“God created everything by number, weight and measure.”
” The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power. My Mother had taught me to seek all truth in the Bible; therefore I devoted the next few months to the study of this work”
“A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty – it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man”
“I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists.”
“The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.”
Simply put—believing in God is truth, immensely rational, and extremely helpful and powerful to lead others and society into the future.
If you want to treat your kids to the entertainment of a lifetime, then Disney On Ice’s Frozen should definitely be on your list. In fact, it is a perfect time to take a trip down memory lane, back to your childhood when you couldn’t wait for Disney cartoons to play on TV or be on your best behavior in order to get the next Disney book as a birthday present!
What can you expect from a live production of ‘Frozen’?
The film has managed to gain tremendous popularity over the world with dedicated fans of all age groups. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s recommended you do so, because the play is a shortened version of the Academy Award award-winning movie. It promises a winter wonderland that you have never seen before. You get to experience the magical world of Arendelle, with a good dose of jaw-dropping special effects and smooth skating skills thrown in.
The “freeze” behind Frozen
This is a great chance to see this movie transitioning from reel to real, which is fascinating to say the least. The story outlines the relationship between royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna with her heart of gold and sets out on a journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa who is unable to control her powers and fears that she will be discovered. That is why she wishes to live in seclusion, so she can test her powers without restrictions. Anna is aided in her quest by rugged mountain man Kristoff, his every-loyal reindeer Sven, the adorable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls.
Enjoy the experience
The underlying theme of love conquering fear had been portrayed brilliantly on-screen, which boosts the anticipation in this case. As the audience, you also get to participate in the iconic songs such as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.” The show will captivate your attention with sophisticated lighting, props, projections and pyrotechnics to create some dazzling special effects as mentioned before. Whether it is the ice monster, or the fountain frozen by Elsa, it will be exciting to see how they pull it off!
Frozen is hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse who guide the audience through the plot as the story unfolds, with special appearances by numerous Disney favorites like Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King. It is a sweet and emotional journey to discover true love!
Have you heard of the renowned Improvised Shakespeare Company (ISC)? If you are yet to learn about them or haven’t had the chance to witness a performance, you’ll want to snatch up the opportunity to see them at the iO Theater in Chicago! The ISC completes over a decade in 2017, and each show has received loads of accolades and praise from both audiences and critics.
The quality of entertainment at The iO Theater is just like wine, which keeps getting better with every show. As is evident from the name, their main focus is on improvisation – no wonder they’ve been touted as Chicago’s best and funniest improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner! The group is also the proud recipient of the New York Nightlife Award for “Best Comedic Performance by a Group” and was honored by the Chicago Improv Foundation as its “Ensemble of the Year.” They have entertained audiences at prestigious events and functions such as the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago.
What can you expect from an ISC production?
If you enjoy humor and a good belly laugh, along with amusing comebacks and sharp innuendos, then attending the next show of ISC should be on top of your list. Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written), ISC devises a play by emulating Elizabethan styles and themes. The entire play is improvised – there is no planning, rehearsal or script involved here. With a hilarious take on “thee’s” and “thou’s”, each player contributes beautifully to the show, which consists of off-the-cuff comedy by using language and ideas of William Shakespeare. Your funny bone will be on overdrive due to an oddball mix of power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, sword-play, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, persons in disguise, and anything that draws inspiration from the works of the great playwright. Since the play is conceptualized along the lines of improvisation, every performance is unique – one night you might see a tragedy, while the next show might switch gears with rib-tickling comedy!
All their shows have been sold out for the past few years, so please reserve your seats right now – it is a fantastic way to spend a night!
It is said that a great comedian doesn’t say lines that are funny, but turns lines into funny. At times it’s blatantly obvious that the jokes, innuendos, or one-liners aren’t that laughable or you have heard of them before, and yet the audience is roaring with laughter. It’s all about delivery! How the comedian spits out his material is what introduces the element of comedy – his body language, expressions, hand gestures, style of delivery, etc. is what really counts.
Lewis Niles Black, famously known as Lewis Black, is a legend among comedians. In addition to that, he is an author, playwright, social critic and actor, and extremely popular due to his signature angry face and aggressive style of delivering comedy to the audience, which often manifests in the form of a fake mental breakdown. It is just like watching someone rant in an exceedingly hilarious manner, about topics like history, politics, religion, or other cultural trends. His “Back in Black” commentary segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and TV show on Comedy Central, Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil, which he hosted, garnered fantastic TRP ratings.
Are your children huge fans of Thomas the Tank Engine? Here’s the chance for you to arrange a face-to-face meeting for them! “Day Out With Thomas”, brought to you by HIT Entertainment, allows kids and their families to spend an entire day with their favorite character and his friends to know exciting stuff about railways, engines, railroading, and much more.
Ready for an exhilarating journey with Thomas?
Day Out With Thomas is an ideal family event, as it is equally enjoyable for both kids and adults to ride with classic storybook friend Thomas the Tank Engine. You will come across people from all age groups having the time of their lives while railroading! The character is based on The Railway Series, which is a collection of stories penned by a loving father who wanted to share his passion for trains with his son. Thomas & Friends not only boost knowledge, but impart useful life lessons too.
What can you expect from A Day Out with Thomas?
Touted as America’s favorite little blue engine, Thomas is here to welcome you with his faithful pal Percy. The event not only includes a thrilling train ride with Thomas spanning 20 minutes, but a plethora of fun activities such as Pufferbelly Rides, Video Viewing, Thomas iPod and Imagination Station, Temporary Tattooing, Photo ops with Sir Topham Hatt (Chairman of the Railway on the Island of Sodor), Percy and Thomas, Wooden Play Tables, Storytelling, and much more. You can take your pick from the lovely Thomas merchandise from our gift shop to take back as souvenirs from this memorable event. Riding a real steam engine and meeting the Fat Controller are a couple of highlights you will definitely not want to miss!
Points to remember
To make the most of this day, please arrive at an hour before the scheduled departure. In case you have opted for afternoon trains, make sure you have time to accommodate additional activities. There are ample food options for your family, so that is one more item off your list. A large portion of the activities are held under large tents, which is why A Day Out With Thomas will not be cancelled due to rain or snow.
The ticket price is inclusive of the train ride and subsequent entertainment. Since this event is extremely popular, it is advisable to purchase in advance to avoid disappointment, especially if you plan to attend in large groups. Find out if Thomas and Percy are making a stop near you!
Ever since Hamilton the Musical hit New York’s Public Theater, it has become a huge hit. A sold-out off-Broadway run certainly indicates good times for this hip-hop influenced musical about Alexander Hamilton.
Already popular… Lin-Manuel Miranda who plays Hamilton has also written and composed this show, and he has based his work on the biography of the founding father by Ron Chernow. For a musical to have generated this amount of buzz within the industry and public is no mean feat. The workshops put on by this show had attendees from the whole industry and everyone couldn’t stop gushing as they walked out.
Oh Hamilton!!! Hamilton depicts the lead writer of the Federalist Papers as the archetypal New Yorker, who is a brainy, yet brash immigrant who came to the city as an orphan from West Indies, yet became the first Secretary of the Treasury. He had his fair share of scandals, possibly one of the first of its kind associated with politics – he was blackmailed by his mistress’s husband. At 49, He fought a duel with U.S. vice president and former New York gubernatorial contender Aaron Burr and was mortally wounded.
The “score” scores… The score includes several musical theater traditions along with rap – Notorious B.I.G., Rodgers, Hammerstein, Gilbert, and Sullivan. The rhymes are purposely lightning-quick, so Miranda can cover the major events of Hamilton’s life in two and a half hours. His longtime collaborator Tommy Kail, takes up the reigns of director, while choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler sets the chaotic founding of the country to dance.
Must-watch Historical biographies are perceived to be a tad dull and drab, but Hamilton completely destroys the thought as it is thrilling to watch the drama unfold on stage. Broadway actor and composer Jeff Blumenkrantz is extremely impressed with the way the musical is presented to the audience. Miranda is also responsible for “In the Heights,” a show about the Dominican-American community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Like Hamilton, its score shows strong influences of hip-hop. It was off-Broadway and transferred in a year. In its run, it won four Tony awards and was nominated for a Pulitzer.
Not booked the tickets yet? Don’t waste time and do it right away!
Growing up, most of us have read, the “Wizard of Oz”. We have all been entranced by Dorothy and her adventures, and I bet some of you wore out the book! Although many of us wanted to be friend and confidant to Dorothy, a few weren’t as sympathetic, especially after the 1939 movie was released. The film was a success, but the Munchkins were said to be OTT ghastly, while the Good Witch could give diabetes with her sweetness.
Setting the backdrop These elements slightly tarnished the reputation of the book, Wicked, by Gregory Maguire, but not enough to wreak severe damage. But the stage prequel, which sheds light on the back-story of the good witch Glinda, and of her malicious green-faced rival, Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, had generated considerable interest from the time of curtain call. Even though the reviews are not overly optimistic, it has become a huge hit in the Big Apple.
What is the story? The audience of Wicked generally comprises adolescent girls listening fully captivated to the tale of two typical young women meeting at Shiza University and move on to Oz, where life is taking a dark turn. Glinda is the “it girl”, who is pretty, spoilt, wants to get her own way and popular even though she is an airhead. Elphaba’s green skin has always made her an object of ridicule and mockery from everyone apart from her crippled sister. It doesn’t take long for rivalry to embed its roots deeply into the pair, before they find out about being bosom buddies. Glinda tries to be “good” and finds love with Adam Garcia’s prince, while Elphaba turns into a broom-flying freedom crusader on behalf of Oz’s dispossessed. Soon the roles are reversed!
Why watch it? Winnie Holzman’s script is the power behind this spectacle; preventing it from being preachy and imparting some humor the gags. The design by Eugene Lee and lighting by Kenneth Posner are definitely praiseworthy. The songs from Stephen Schwartz have a subtle wit, but his specialty is clear when the female leads stand in the center and move into the stratosphere with the big gloopy power ballads. Idina Menzel, a Tony award winner, gives a magical performance as the deformed Elphaba by blending in seamless with the character. Helen Dallimore also does justice to her role as the bubbly and self-obsessed Glinda. The friendship between these characters has been treated delicately that worked in their favor.
Overall, it is a good effort, and you must definitely attend a show. Now on tour. Wicked the Musical tickets.
The best part of STOMP is that it can be watched by all – kids, teens, adults, elderly people – there is some element that appeals to each age group. It doesn’t have words and the musical is ironically not structured on melody, but chooses to focus on rhythm instead. Irrespective of your taste in music, STOMP at the Orpheum Theatre, New York, shouldn’t be missed out!
How did STOMP originate? The spectacle consists of an extraordinary amalgamation of percussion, movement and visual comedy, which dates back to Brighton, U.K. more than two decades ago in 1991. It was the brainchild of Steve McNicholas and Luke Creswell, who had begun to collaborate from 1981 as members of the street band Pookiesnackenburger and the theatre group, Cliff Hanger. When the band produced the famous “Bins” commercial for Heineken lager, which was a part of the band’s stage performance, it paved the way for STOMP’s dustbin dance in the climax.
Potpourri with personalities STOMP features a group of individuals, each bringing something to the group with their unique, yet strong personality traits. They work as a team by utilizing simple building blocks to create a complex entity, which can be associated with everyone, and is identifiable by others at the same time. The crowd has their own quirks, eccentricities, competitiveness and differences like normal human beings, which in turn define the peculiar, yet intriguing dynamic between them.
What makes STOMP a must-watch? It is an extremely enjoyable show, full of underlying wit and humor, which is why it has garnered glowing reviews and tremendous praise. The ensemble cast with 8 members use unusual objects they have found, to create captivating music and tongue-in-cheek humor. The items are diverse such as Zippo lighters, push brooms, wooden poles, hammer handles, garbage cans, inner tubes, matchboxes, kitchen sink, and so on. The blend of household and commercial objects to breathe character into music is an exceedingly brave attempt at a fresh idea that took off perfectly.
It is tough to pinpoint a single factor and say it its awesome or brilliant! In fact, the whole concept is a glaring example of genius – in some ways, STOMP was ahead of its time, even though it was and continues to be well-accepted and liked. The wordless factor also adds to its appeal, while the full houses are proof enough that STOMP has many years left to wow audiences and solidy their mark in the world of theatre.
“America’s Got Talent” has never been the same since Terry Fator won the competition in 2007 with his feat involving puppets. His win opened up new doors and opportunities for budding performers and gave a fresh lease to the industry of puppetry, which was slowly sinking into oblivion. Many have labeled his performance to be a “marriage made in Sesame Street heaven” as he has succeeded in putting the “fun” back in puppetry!
How does he do it? Who would have thought about a popular puppet show in Vegas? Terry Fator did, and needless to say, he has done it brilliantly. He performs at The Mirage Hotel and Casino here, and has created a world-class act, which is extremely popular – people travel from far and wide to watch his shows. Although his claim to fame was by drawing inspiration from Sesame Street, his show isn’t an ordinary “puppet show”. He infuses a healthy mix of comedy in it, and combined with his impeccable comic timing and excellent impressionist skills, he gets everyone hooked to his 90-minute performance!
What does the show entail? Due to the intensity of his shows, there is no warm-up routine involved. The show takes off with Fator and Winston, the Impersonating Turtle, who demonstrates his musical prowess while sharing his fondness for the exclusive Turtle Ranch, which is a running gag during the show. Next is the cowboy-themed puppet – Walter T. Airedale, who cracks jokes and even takes a dig at Fator asking him why he can’t talk when the latter is laughing! Other puppets during the act includes Maynard Thompkins, Wrex the Crash Test Dummy and Vickie the Cougar.
The truly incredible aspect is that Fator is never seen opening his mouth more than half an inch during songs unless he is breathing or singing a something himself. That is why, he is often deemed as the most talented singer on the Strip due to his unique ability of communicating through puppets and comedic situations that have the audience in stitches throughout the performance! The booking is usually choc-a-block, which is why you should get tickets well in advance. See Dates & Get Tickets Here: Terry Fator