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How Beautiful

October 16th, 2017 by John Mansfield

Isaiah 52:7. Explained by Abinadi in Mosiah ch. 15 to the priests of Noah who were too lazy to understand it. Partially repeated in Nahum 1:15. Cited by Jesus in 3rd Nephi 20:40. And Paul in Romans 10:15. Also Doctrine and Covenants 128:19.

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October 16th, 2017 14:18:03

Forgiveness is the Reciprocal of Repentance

October 16th, 2017 by G.

Some virtues require action or attitudes towards other people.  Maybe always, maybe sometimes.  When they do, there is usually a counterpart virtue for the person on the other end. (more…)

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October 16th, 2017 06:47:03

Chastity and Healthy Sexuality

October 13th, 2017 by G.

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October 13th, 2017 05:15:46

Much to be Desired

October 12th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

For every man a patrimony, for every woman a matrimony!

-thus Sutton Coldfield

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October 12th, 2017 20:02:34

You can stick a fork in the BSA.

October 12th, 2017 by Vader

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October 12th, 2017 16:34:59

Charting Virtue

October 12th, 2017 by G.

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Diagramming sentences teaches you a good deal about language.  It also makes you realize some odd things about it that you had taken for granted before.  Grammar is not the Platonic form of language.  What it is is a good tool.

The West doesn’t think much about virtue.  We do have a rich and neglected treasury of practical experience out there, and a decent amount of engineering knowledge, for those who look for it.  We also have thinkers who address first principles and meta-ethical questions.  What is the nature of the good? and so on.  What we don’t have is anything in between.  It is as if the study of biology knew evolution (along side stockbreeders who knew practical things) but had never invented anything like taxonomy.

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A while back I accidentally invented a sophisticated tool for investigating virtue.

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October 12th, 2017 12:05:46

What was the Bright Light?

October 11th, 2017 by G.

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I was drifting off to sleep on my side and my mind wandered.  I was thinking maybe about fall, then dried ears of corn on the cob, then by a process I cannot recall, I ended up seeing an image of a young Joseph Smith gathering with his family in their home.  At that point, our light–which has just gone balky–suddenly turned on and the image in front of my eyes was washed away by bright white light flooding through eyelids.  Or so I thought.

But when I opened my eyes the room was dark.

There was no spiritual feeling that came with the image.  Nothing to make one believe it had a symbolic meaning about the Restoration.  So I was left to wonder what it means.

Maybe it means nothing at all.

Maybe there is sometimes leakage from the Spirit.

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October 11th, 2017 06:08:07

A Bright and Clear Fall Day

October 10th, 2017 by G.

It is one of those bright, clear, and crisp fall days–the first one we’ve had in the season.  There is a feeling you get walking into it.  It lifts your spirits and all your limbs seem to strengthen up and you stride, like a horse running in his pride.

An atheist might say that it is all the action of hormones.  But no one who believes in the truth of experience can really believe that. (more…)

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October 10th, 2017 14:19:47

The Tragic Cycle of Mankind

October 10th, 2017 by G.

“It is ever so with the things that Men begin: there is a frost in Spring, or a blight in Summer, and they fail of their promise.”

-Gimli

The tragic cycle of  mankind is to rise and to fall.  A group hears God and follows principles of righteousness, the principles that bring deep prosperity and strength. (more…)

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October 10th, 2017 07:30:05

Still making the Internet memes

October 09th, 2017 by Vader

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October 09th, 2017 15:24:26

Settler-American Heritage Month

October 09th, 2017 by The Junior Ganymede

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The JG is happy to announce Settler-American Heritage Month, running from Columbus Day to Thanksgiving.   During this period, we celebrate the rich tradition of Settler-Americans, who have contributed much to the diverse fabric of America by founding the nation and the state, and giving it its laws, language, and customs.  Diversity is our strength! (more…)

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October 09th, 2017 06:53:05

Mike Fink is a classical baritone

October 07th, 2017 by Mike Fink

And the most rip-roaring, tub-soaking, hand-winning, shirt-stealing classical baritone you ever laid ear on.

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October 07th, 2017 10:21:35

Through Study and Faith

October 06th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

One of the big things is the non-contradiction between material sources of knowledge and metaphysical sources of knowledge.  Because there is one truth.  If something true metaphysically, this has implications for material reality.  Those implications mean that the same knowledge can also be known from the material.

-a Wayfarer

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October 06th, 2017 11:20:44

The Painfully Modern Parable of the Good Samaritan

October 06th, 2017 by G.

A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

And by chance there came down a certain woke priest that way; and when he saw the man he returned to Jerusalem and launched a campaign for travel control, so only licensed travelers with adequate provision to defend themselves against robbers would be allowed out on the road. Those he met were impressed with his compassion and wealthy caravanners donated to his campaign. #CareforTravelers

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October 06th, 2017 08:18:40

God, gods, and Creation

October 06th, 2017 by G.

To have a coherent metaphysics [of free will] seems to me to entail a coherent and purposive universe – which seems to require a single creation – or else (if there were no creation, or many) everything would ultimately be ‘random’, incoherent, contingent and arbitrary; and agency would have no meaning.

And it also seems to require the participation of agents (e.g Men, in this instance) – that Men are actually engaged with the universe, and can change it by and from their own distinctive natures. This seems to entail that Men are ‘gods’ – in the sense that they are sufficiently separated from reality not merely to be caused-by it (i.e. determined) – and also that Men are able to change reality from themselves, expressive of their nature – and not merely arbitrarily. In other words, these are the characteristics of gods.

-thus Bruce Charlton

To act meaningfully is divine.  Your choice sets in train events that otherwise would never be, for good or for ill.  And so irrevocably that no one can undo what you have done, and only God through death can make up for it.  That is the glory and damnation of Man.

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October 06th, 2017 06:22:15