Why Notre Dame is Important to All of Us


Notre Dame cathedral fire

I thought I’d wait a few days to write about the devastating fire in Paris of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The reason is I wanted to see how many conspiracy theorists came out of the woodwork, blaming of course, Muslims for the fire. I wasn’t disappointed. Of course, yes, there have been numerous Christian churches defaced in recent months, but to try and assign blame of this awful incident to Muslims, seems like a leap. Remember, it was being renovated and without any evidence of arson, it may easily be placed in the category of being an accident.

I’ve been viewing my timeline on Twitter and have noticed  many atheists there despairing the loss of a work of art. The Cathedral was just that, but also more. It was an engineering marvel. Think about it: The construction began in 1160 CE and wasn’t completed for 200 years. The generations of architects and builders had just a single objective; Raising  a great edifice to God. Yes. that’s what it was about and the finished product outlasted centuries of rulers and regimes. Notre Dame was not only a piece of history, but a witness to it as well. Notre Dame was the tallest building in Paris until the Eiffel Tower, which was completed in 1889. For five centuries, Parisians would leave their homes, look at their skyline, and see a magnificent cathedral.

Some 13 million people a year visited Notre Dame. It was on the list for anyone who’s ever been a tourist in France. It was for me. I remember, being in line, as I came close to the building, I walked out of line to touch the original stones. I tried to imagine, those people more tan 800 years earlier, the sweat, the tears, to even begin a building that those in 1160, would never see the result.

Of course, there’s already been, as of this writing, more than $300 million pledged for the restoration. It may actually be more by now. But Notre Dame will never be what it was. The architects, masons, carpenters, glazers, and artists  from those centuries ago  can never be equalled. Future generations may still visit Notre Dame, but it won’t be the same cathedral that their ancestors knew.

We may all mourn the loss of this piece of history. Some may decry the loss as an affront to their religious belief. What we should be mourning is the loss being that of the excellence of human innovation.






3 thoughts on “Why Notre Dame is Important to All of Us

  1. Given that Islam is trying to take over France and do away with anything not Sharia-approved and the fact that a car bomb failed to detonate at the church a few weeks ago, and add to that the 878 attacks against Christian churches and artifacts in France in 2017, why shouldn’t we at least consider that the fire was set by Muslims looking for an opportunity to destroy Notre Dame?

    When microphones are turned off and any talking head that begins an attempt to discuss the possibility that this could have been an Islamist terrorist attack is pounced upon by his fellow hosts, why shouldn’t we at least consider that Muslim actions could be the source of the fire?

    I will assume that until it is proven not to be true, but even then I will not believe the news revealing that some careless French worker who was smoking on the job destroyed his country’s most sacred site, which has probably been faked for reasons of political correctness.

    Islamists/Mohommedists have proven that they gleefully destroy anything non-Sharia that their paths cross, Sphinxes, Buddhas, etc. I have no reason not to believe that the burning of Notre Dame is just another case of their cleansing the earth of the idol worshipping infidels and will do until they can cleanse it of the infidels themselves.


  2. I can and do respect that it seems to be important to you; however, I am not sure about the claim that it is important to all of us. I don’t find it all that important. All things being equal, I’d prefer that it not have been damaged. Of course, I’d also prefer that it was turned into something far more useful than a church.


  3. I understand. But, unlike the Giant Sequoias, this cathedral and others like it, instill a sense of awe and a reverence for “what man hath wrought.” And, that to me is worth preserving, even more so than trees and natural wonders. That is just me.

    But not to the extent that human civilizations allow their history to clutter up the present. I mean, when a building is on its last legs, let it go, even if the Governor of Maryland was born and reared there.

    Of course, humans have wrought all sorts of silly stuff and much of it detrimental to our home and our species…

    Even Notre Dame must admit her part in being detrimental to humanity, but wow…


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