Ivan Wolfe’s father has passed away. When I read about the man, I get a sense of how it is that God can say people are his glory.
The human person has a very nearly infinite capacity for self-delusion. That’s why I consider myself religious… but not spiritual. Whatever in religious practice may seem dull, mundane, and ordinary is more to be trusted than those parts of it which seem highly emotional or consciousness-raising.
-thus Nick B. Steves, offered for consideration and not by way of endorsement.
Mormonism is a highly unusual mix of emotionalism and workmanlike pragmatism. The only other place I’ve seen that is the family: gooey sentiment, checkbooks, and diapers.
Men need achievement. They need to earn respect. But when men get together to start striving and doing, they often get absurd. Everyone who’s spent time there knows the workplace is just a bit ridiculous. Even workplaces with bona-fide valuable missions: when I was in the military I estimated it was about 3/4ths farce, except not played for laughs.
I wonder if men need women to bring them back to earth sometimes. When you’re a kid, you play dress up at home. When you’re grown, you come home so you can stop playing dress up.
On the sweetness of Mormon life.
Easter Morning. You take family pictures under the Bradford Pear. Then you take more pictures after you remember to remove the hanging mosquito trap.
You go to church. You take the sacrament. A girl receives the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Here’s a practical analysis of Jesus’ charisma.
More and more, I see social acts and conversations as a series of little rituals. Jesus didn’t participate in the rituals. He remade them. They called him the Logos–the Word–and the Creator.
As the linked analysis points out, a lot of his power simply came from his refusal to participate. When they brought him the woman caught in adultery and asked if she should be stoned, Jesus . . . ignored them. After a while he spoke just one line. Then he ignored them again. We speculate that Mohammed may have been an actual prophet of God in his time and place. I am beginning to speculate that Lao-Tzu was too.
The NRA-ILA (National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action) aggregates media stories/reports of legally armed citizens responding to or preventing assaults or threats of violence.
Behold, The Armed Citizen.
While the Earth may have been created in 6 days, the Almighty certainly has not taken a vacation. By nature, He is a creator, and he continues to create, both gradual new life on earth and new bodies outside of this earth. Here we have an instability in the rings of Saturn, forming into a new moon. This one in particular, (informally known as ‘Peggy’) is not expected to grow much larger and may not be stable. But scientists think that the rest of the moons of Saturn formed in a similar way and that the ring system of Saturn used to be much more extensive.
And in other planet related news, scientists working with the Kepler telescope have just announced discovery of the first Earth-sized planet in the so-called Goldilocks Zone. This is the closest match made so far, out of the 1800+ planets discovered and it is a mere 500 light years away.