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Coming from a Christian, I have mixed views. Religion is fine and dandy, but RELIGION KILLED JESUS. (And hundreds, maybe thousands, of others)The Pharisees, who were religious leaders, felt Jesus was violating their religion. They killed him. But religion has also molded much of the future for us (I don't think I said that right :P)You know, prayer, reading Scriptures, meditating on it, that has helped me A LOT. Does that count as religion? I have no idea! So, I dunno. I think religion is the pursuit of righteousness.I think that religion is good, but discriminating people who don't follow it? Not good. It is good, but being too legalistic? Not good.It's good, but humans messed it up.For me, it's not religion that's important, it's relationship. With Jesus.For me, being a Christian is not trying to pursue righteousness and religion, but a relationship with God.What's your take? :P(btw, I'm not separating Christianity and religion, but being religious and being Christian )Also, thank you katiedoylemusic for pointing out that he indeed rose again, but that's besides the point
Pretty self explanatory debate. Explain which one you think is best with reasoning. I believe Franz Liszt is the best because his music technique. Liszt was born nine years before Beethoven’s death. He was a child prodigy and a virtuoso pianist. He was the first rockstar of Europe — he was Michael Jackson before Michael Jackson was Michael Jackson.As luck would have it, on a trip to Paris, Franz Liszt stayed in a hotel right across the street from Erard Piano — a trailblazing piano maker that invented the double movement that sped up the piano and significantly reduced the limitations of previous generations of pianos. Erard was also the first piano maker to fit pedals under the piano.As the story goes, young Franz wandered into the Erard store and started playing on one of the instruments. Mssr. Erard smitten by the boy’s genius and also recognized a unique marketing opportunity. He made an endorsement deal with young Franz, providing pianos for all of Liszt’s performances. Liszt went on a three-year tour, giving several performances a day. No town was too small — he loved the attention and the applause. However, this tour was suddenly interrupted by his father’s untimely death.In 1831 Liszt attended a concert of the Italian violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini. The violin had undergone its most dramatic improvements two hundreds years before the piano did, and it was a mature instrument by that time. After Liszt heard Paganni he remarked, “What wonderful things might be done with the piano if its technical possibilities were developed as those of the violin have been by Paganini.” He decided to become the Paganini of piano. For three years he stopped appearing in public and practiced non-stop (putting in Malcom Gladwell’s 10,000 hours).Liszt invented solo recitals — before Liszt it was unheard for an artist to give a solo performance (doing so was probably perceived as immodest). Liszt changed the way the piano is positioned on the stage, placing it to the right of the stage and opening the lid toward the audience.To me — and this is the extremely uneducated opinion of an amateur classical music aficionado — Liszt pushed the boundaries of what was possible on the now-evolved, much more powerful instrument, where the player’s technique was the only limitation. To do this he had to write his own music for the new instrument and vastly improve performance technique.Imagine that Intel had just created a new processor that was 100 times better than the old ones, and let’s say Microsoft wrote a new operating system that vastly improved the capabilities of that new processor. But to truly shine the new system would need new programs. The old ones might still run just fine, but to truly showcase the new box’s abilities, it would need to be loaded with brand new apps.Liszt did not create the new hardware, but his technique (the new operating system) removed a lot of limitations and released the power of the new instrument.To me, Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor is the new software. Liszt made a solo piano sound, at times, like a full orchestra — something that I don’t think had been done before him (though I’d be happy to be proven wrong). Liszt’s contribution to classical music is incredible and immeasurable. It spans much further than his amazing music, because Liszt showed the likes of Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Grieg, and many others what the piano could do.There's also the story of his duel between him and Chopin. When Liszt was a young child he played a lot of very challenging pieces. Since his hands were still very small he couldn't play big chords on the piano, that was until he realized that he could just as well utilize his nose as an extra finger. So it was actually Liszt who came up with this shenanigan. The rest of the tale is also to some degree true. Liszt challenged Chopin once to a one-on-one because he wanted to settle the debate and prove that he was the superior pianist between the two of them. Chopin didn't reply however because he wasn't interested in such a competition. Some Polish noblemen got wind of this proposed challenge and in response they instigated this meeting. So, since Chopin and Liszt both ended up being at the same locale through the aforementioned intervention, Liszt asked/challenged Chopin again, this time in person. Chopin didn't really have a choice so he agreed. The rules were simple: both should compose pieces for one another. They were allowed to rehearse before they faced each other in the actual competition. So Liszt went first and played Chopin's composition. But when Chopin looked at the piece that Liszt wrote for him he immediately remarked "this is impossible to play!" as he noticed that there was a section with a tremolo on the far left, another one on the far right and a single note in the middle, all at once. Since Chopin thought Liszt wanted to trick him he urged him play it himself. Liszt stepped up to the piano and started playing the piece, as he got to the part with the double tremolo and the single note he lowered his head and played the single note with his nose.
I have seen so many Marvel vs DC chats and they all say that Marvel is better, so instead of starting a new one I'll stick to stuff within Marvel and ask about Tony Stark/Iron man. I have heard that people hate him and I have heard that people love him. It also seems that he got a lot of attention from Endgame, and I mean a LOT!!! He was also still a hot subject in the new Spiderman movie. So are you guys for or against Tony Stark? I don't have a huge opinion because Endgame messed with my mind so what do you guys think? Find within, peeps haha. And I won't get too mad I promise haha ( T_T)\(^_^ )