Biblical or mythical?

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THE Bury Free Press had a good coverage of the Olympic Torch procession through the streets of Bury (July 13).

Your correspondent Ray Smith witnessed the procession and wrote in to link the Olympic Torch with the two crossed torches on our school badge (Silver Jubilee) and its motto ‘Follow the light’.

I hope that our school motto was linked to a Biblical quote rather than to the ancient Olympic past which has its roots in ancient mythology. During the ancient Olympic Games in Greece, a sacred flame burned at the altar of Zeus in whose honour the games were held. The Olympic torch and flame symbolises the Greek myth of Prometheus stealing fire from Zeus and the gods.

The ancient theme continues to drive the modern Olympics and its opening ceremony. One interesting part is the Olympic hymn, a prayer to Zeus, the ruling Greek deity at Olympus.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8 verse 12).

Ian Smith,

Philip Road,

Bury St Edmunds.