Junior Ganymede
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Saving the Buddha

August 26th, 2011 by G.

This excellent essay categorizes the types of needs that religion fills and then ranks the faiths of the world by how “developed” they are, i.e., by how many of these categories they fill and how completely. (In his terms, “developed” is not the same as “true,” not necessarily). He concludes that Buddhism and Christianity are the most developed religions.

He then argues that Christianity is more developed than Buddhism. His argument is the same as my argument for why Christianity is superior to Buddhism. Buddhism offers surcease from pain and desire whereas Christianity offers transcendent meaningfulness of pain and fulfillment of desire.

But in many ways I would argue that Mormonism, in some of its possibilities, refines and develops even what Christianity has to offer. Deification, eternal families, the weeping God of Mormonism, all combine into a world view that is of the most sublime.

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August 26th, 2011 13:33:29

Madera Verder
August 26, 2011

No link. I assume you are talking about John C. Wrights latest?

Adam G.
August 26, 2011

Thanks, MV. Fixed.

August 27, 2011

Meaningfulness of pain: check.
Fulfillment of desire: Probaby, check.
Deification: check.
Weeping God: check:

Eternal families: …

I accept, on faith, that this is a Good Thing and much to be desired. My temporal experience is such that it has to be a matter of faith, because I have a hard time wrapping my head around the possibility that family life can be sublime.

In wresting with this disconnect between promise and desire, I have found myself reflecting much on the doctrine of the Restoration. I’m referring to the Restoration that runs in parallel with the Resurrection, not the Joseph-Smith-opening-a-new-dispensation Restoration. The promise that everything will be restored to its proper frame.

On the one hand, taken at plain face value, that suggests I’ll be restored to a rather miserable family life. I choose to believe, without much evidence but because anything else has me looking into a chasm of despair, that it can be a Restoration to things as they ought to be. A wife who doesn’t betray me to a dangerous criminal but loves me forever. Betsy Pearl getting to grow up and go to Prom, however that means.

I don’t know if this makes much sense. Neither does anything else, sometimes. Mormonism does not entirely escape the problem of evil.

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