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14. Jesus said to them, “If you fast, you will bring sin upon yourselves, and if you pray, you will be condemned, and if you give to charity, you will harm your spirits.

Years ago a book I read on the world’s Faiths defined the word “pray” as “think.”

That made sense to me in a way all the other definitions of the word could not, can not.

Jean Cocteau said, “The problem with prayer is that people who pray do not think.”

I’m with him.

Last week in the University of Toronto Student newspaper THE VARSITY I read a story stating that the St. Mike’s student newspaper was changing the name of its FAITH AND THOUGHT section because students were skipping over it.

That says a lot about the caliber of the thinking and the quality of the teachers at what is, after all, a Roman Catholic University.

We read:

Francesco Rampino LOGOS EDITOR


What was formerly the “Faith and Thought” section will now be called the “Logos” section. Why? Well, in order to give you some context before diving into the reason behind this change, let us picture ourselves in Brennan Hall. Take in the totality of the atmosphere: the strong bouts of laughter from the groups on the couches, the melodic tune of prodigy piano playing, the dryer’s noise in the boy’s bathroom, and much more. Now, depending on the time of day, the student lounge might be full, or it might house no more than three lonely students. Whatever the case may be, among all of the ‘hoikity choik,’ we can assume that the subject of faith and thought very rarely comes up in student conversation. Perhaps the only signs of faith can be found in the pictures of our heavenly friends Sts. Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena, and Teresa of Calcutta, along with all of the other lovely images posted in front of our chaplain’s office. Be that as it may, it’d be fair to admit that many of our fellow students don’t take into consideration any of these, which is a pity.

This brings us to the reason behind this section’s name change. The Mike, being our college newspaper, has the honour of representing both students and faculty of the college. Despite our pride for our college’s Catholic roots brought to us by the Basilian Fathers, “faith” (used in a theological sense) is an almost foreign word in regular student discourse. We can always use the word “faith” to describe our hope in something or someone, but how often would we casually talk about our actual faith, as in belief (if we have one), on campus? This is the question that made me think, as editor, after our first issue was released two weeks ago. While distributing copies of our paper to students at Brennan Hall, I listened in to the conversations that took place about our articles (in particular within this section). In all honesty, they were quite interesting and made me rethink the approach I’d like to take. Perhaps, I thought, a more profound and significant name to my section (rather than the explicit “Faith and Thought”) would be more appropriate given the opinions of my peers.

I believe that, in order for this newspaper to give to the students, it must first connect with the students. That being said, making the new name of this section “Logos” is a definite step in doing just that. Let’s make another assumption: not many of our fellow students know what the meaning of “logos” is. Logos is a Greek word, and according to many academic web sources, it’s an appeal to logic and is a way of persuading an audience by reason. This, my dear readers, is exactly what I had in mind when I accepted my editorial position. I believe that there is a definite need of a sort of “reconciliation” between our college and our faith. Furthermore, I believe that this section should be able to connect you, through logical and reasonable means, to a fuller understanding of the beauty of faith; understanding it to be something tangible and accessible to you in everything. This is pure logos, and logos will be our method from now on.

I doubt changing the name of the section has increased the number of readers.

Abandoning Faith, however, to attract the many is not an option anyone who has seriously thought about our faith entertains.

In my youth I found that whenever I tried to read THE BIBLE when I got to Leviticus my head bogged down. What I did not then know but now do is that everyone’s head bogs down in Leviticus.

In 1970 a friend invited me out to Hollywood. I went by bus the better to see the country. I went out in January. I took with me only one book, a pocket sized copy of THE NEW TESTAMENT I had found in the home of my uncle Douglas Hartt when I stayed with him in Ottawa the year of 1969. At the time he was serving as Head of Public Works Canada. Before entering the civil service he had studied to become a priest.

What I did not know at the time was that this was a uniquely powerful New Testament translation. For example while all translation of Romans 2: 14 “For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, they, not having the law, are a law unto themselves,” render it thus this one stated, “When the Gentiles who know not Christ live the life Christ teaches they are Christ.” I think you can see the vast difference between the two.

I certainly do.

By the time I arrived in Hollywood I had read the book through cover to cover five times. I had read it not to find faith but simply t understand for myself what THE NEW TESTAMENT has to say. I read the works of Karl Marx for the same reason.

What I found reading both THE NEW TESTAMENT and the writings of Karl Marx is that those who claim to follow either are those who most miss the mark.

For example, people who call themselves Marxists are forever trying to create socialist states. Marx himself however stated, “We can not have a socialist state for then the state becomes the capitalist.” That is so clear that it boggles me how so many seem not to see it.

My good friend Simon Lüling, one of the many first rate minds I have met through my LSD talks, told me that when he began studying at The Sorbonne he was told that after Marx published his works he got a letter from some folk who said they wanted to create a movement based on the ideas in his books and that they wanted to call it Marxism to which Marx replied, “Call it anything you want but I am not a Marxist.”

My friend Jane Jacobs, in a GLOBE AND MAIL article stated, “I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how people thought about education, politics, economics, government, everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge. But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a seamless web.”

Over the years since 1970 I have read THE NEW TESTAMENT through cover to cover several hundred times. Why? Because I love it.

Particularly valuable I have found the Pelican New Testament commentaries.

Hanging in my home, known to the world as “The Cineforum” is a full sized authorized replica of The Shroud Of Turin.

The first writer I read on The Shroud was Ian Wilson. I have nearly all of his books. In JESUS: THE EVIDENCE I learned what a Galilean accent was.

“And after a while came unto him those who stood by, and said to Peter, “Surely thou also art one of them, for thy speech betrayeth thee.”–
Galileans dropped their aitches Wilson tells us.
The historical Jesus was around five foot eleven, built like a lumberjack and as strong as an ox according to the evidence of The Shroud. When he spoke he dropped his “h’s.”
There is are few academics as well as few inside what is called Christianity who would give such a man much notice. In real fact we would find them with the Sadducees, the Pharisees and the Scribes who dismissed Jesus just as today the editors at St. Mike’s dismiss Jesus, the better to get more readers.
“Logos Editor Francesco Rampino decided to propose the name change after overhearing students discussing the section in Brennan Hall. As Rampino was speaking with his friends, he noticed that they dismissed the then-Faith and Thought section due to its name alone.

“’I felt that those types of remarks were a little unfair to the contributors who’d worked so hard that issue to create great articles, and that they should be given the same interest as the other writers for the other sections of the paper,’ said Rampino.

“Rampino feels that changing the section name to Logos will connect more with students, better serving them by providing a ‘fuller understanding of the beauty of faith’ through ‘logical and reasonable means.’

Managing Editor Liam McConnell, Editor-in-Chief Josh Scott, and Rampino were involved in the discussion concerning the name change. McConnell ultimately decided on the name Logos.

“’I chose this name because of its several definitions, which allows the section to represent students of religious and non-religious backgrounds,’ said McConnell.

“Logos is a Greek word meaning ‘discourse’ and ‘thought,’ among other definitions. In philosophy, the word refers to “the rational principle that governs and develops the universe.” In theology, it means “the divine word or reason incarnate in Jesus Christ.”

“’Students can therefore interpret the term, and engage with the section, as they see fit,’ said McConnell. ‘The word ‘Logos’ has inspired reasoned discourse for centuries. It’s our hope that the ‘Logos’ section will continue that tradition.’

“Rampino said that there won’t any significant changes to the content of the section, but contributors “will be writing their articles in a fashion that speaks to the reason of the students.”

“Scott said this change won’t alter the operations or practices of the rest of The Mike, but he hopes it will inspire the current and future mastheads of The Mike to consider the responses of readers and take more creative risks.

“’We hope to provide an inclusive space for wide array of students to thoughtfully discuss and explore diverse conceptions of faith and belief with a wider audience,’ said Scott. ‘As the only U of T student newspaper with a section dedicated to faith-based discussion, we’re uniquely situated to do just that.” Scott emphasized that the change remains conscious of SMC’s identity as a Catholic college and the fact that its membership consists of student from a wide variety of faiths.

“Rampino said that the responses to the name change have “been nothing but positive” so far.

“’The remarks and messages I’ve received about the name change from my peers have been more enthusiastic as well as numerous than I thought they’d be,’ said Rampino.

“The SMC administration declined The Varsity’s request for comment, citing The Mike’s editorial independence from the college.”

The history of Christianity is that of a belief system that has given little thought to thinking.

Take, for example the 5th Commandment: Honour thy father and thy mother.

Jesus taught, “And call no man your father upon earth, for One is your Father, who is in Heaven.” .

Think that one through and you will, as I do, find it impossible to call a clergyman “Father.”

Think it through a bit further. If we are to see God as our father who are we to see as our mother?

The mother of Jesus is Mary and through Mary Judaism.

Christianity has a sad, a very sad history indeed when it comes to honoring its mother.

What of our religious schools and universities?

When asked by someone to be their teacher Jesus said, “You have one teacher, God.”

John, in his first letter wrote, “You have no need that any man should teach you for the spirit with which you are anointed is your teacher.”

Our religious schools and universities are proofs of a complete lack of faith.

When I returned to Toronto in 1970 I returned with faith in none but God as my teacher.

That faith has not failed me nor will it.

“School is an institution built on the axiom that learning is the result of teaching. And institutional wisdom continues to accept this axiom, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary,”–Ivan Illich.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.—King James

1 John 2:27 And as for you, let the unction, which you have received from him, abide in you. And you have no need that any man teach you; but as his unction teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie. And as it hath taught you, abide in him.—Douay Rheims

1 John 2: 26-28 It is true that I felt I had to write the above about men who would dearly love to lead you astray. Yet I know that the touch of his Spirit never leaves you, and you don’t really need a human teacher. You know that his Spirit teaches you about all things, always telling you the truth and never telling you a lie. So, as he has taught you, live continually in him. Yes, now, little children remember to live continually in him. So that if he were suddenly to reveal himself we should still know exactly where we stand, and should not have to shrink away from his presence.—J.B. Phillips.

“Beware the leaven of the Pharisees.”

Most teachers say you should go to school to get your degree to have something to fall back on. Aside from being a huge lie, that also creates a very high level of mediocrity, because nobody who really believes that is going to take the leap of faith required to be a serious artist. Stay out of school.“–Ellis Marsalis to his sons Branford, Delfeayo and Wynton.

That leap of faith is what life is all about.

“He who without the Muse’s madness in his soul comes knocking at the door of poesy and thinks that art will make him anything fit to be called a poet, finds that the poetry which he indites in his sober senses is beaten hollow by the poetry of madmen.”-Plato.

“Do you think that when I return I will find so much as one person believing,” said Jesus in Luke 18:8 in that powerful New Testament translation I first read. All other translations say, “Do you think when I return I will find faith?”

My only answer then and now is, “If in my time you will find me.”

–Reg Hartt. 2017–11-27.



I found the Pelican New Testament Commentaries back min the 90’s. I have read the entire series cover to cover several times. I will read them several times again.

These folk clearly lack love.

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Where is that in this?

The nearer the church the farther from God.

Liora Lind wrote in 1992, “Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about in THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES.” What makes that statement particularly true is that my work in this city has never been valued by the people who run this city. I have been under attack from the moment I started in 1968. Said David Beard in a Toronto Star piece from 1980, “Reg Hartt is overworked, under-financed and snubbed. We should be paying tribute to him”

Liora Lind wrote in 1992, “Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about in THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES.” What makes that statement particularly true is that my work in this city has never been valued by the people who run this city. I have been under attack from the moment I started in 1968. Said David Beard in a Toronto Star piece from 1980, “Reg Hartt is overworked, under-financed and snubbed. We should be paying tribute to him”

Jane Jacobs and her family first came to my programs the week they arrived in Toronto in 1968. When I meet them on the street her children constantly say, “Our mother loved you.” Jane Jacobs’ ideas when first expressed in her book THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES outraged academia because they went against the grain of what academia chooses to believe. Jane’s last book DARK AGE AHEAD is a prescient warning that was and is being ignored. “I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me
everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but
they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an
animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make
sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they
are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how
people thought about education, politics, economics, government,
everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual
institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge.
But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a
seamless web.”-Jane Jacobs.

Jane Jacobs was a regular at my programs from her arrival in Toronto in 1968. The man who wrote, ‘This place is a combination of the academy of Athens, the factory of Andy Warhol, the salon of Gertrude Stein and the original Paris cinémathèque of Henri Langlois,” he said. “This place means a lot to a lot of people, even if it means nothing to most of Toronto.’ Unassuming as ever, I see, Reg. Best, G.” was never a regular.

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