Reading a Catholic priest’s sermon here, I ran across this interesting point. Both aspects of the atonement, in the garden and on the cross, took place outside the walls of Jerusalem. That is, symbolically, outside the domain of order and civilization, and in the domain of chaos and disorder. In other words, in both, Christ put himself in Satan’s power. The sermoner doesn’t realize, of course, that Gethsemane was part of the atonement, but that makes his argument all the stronger. (more…)
Mormonism’s relationship to the creeds and philosophies of conventional Christianity is not simple reversal:
The restored gospel or Mormonism should not, therefore, be seen as a set of symmetrical counter-claims to mainstream classical theology regarding the Omni-God and creation from nothing; rather Mormonism is a re-centring of Christianity away from these knowledge claims.
A re-centring of Christianity such that such matters are no longer at or near the centre of the faith; and instead a different focus on God conceptualized in a common sense and person-like, and Fatherly, and human-relational way – as being sufficient, less hazardous, more helpful, more accessible, more honest basis for the Christian faith and life – closer to the model of scripture including the teachings of Jesus.
-thus Bruce Charlton. Read the whole thing.
Possibly the greatest title for a medical journal article I’ve seen. You might think with a title like that, the article can’t help but be a dud. However, it delivers the promised payload. The charts especially blew me away.
God’s Gonna Make You Laugh. By “Bishop” Noel Jones. (He’s not an LDS bishop.)
I don’t know if it’s any good yet, but I wanted to post the link while it is still free. It will likely revert to normal price Tuesday night (tonight, the 28th) at midnight.
Kindle reading apps are free for iOS and Windows, and I assume for Android and MacOS too.
Bookbub.com is a free daily email list that sends you links to temporarily free and discounted ebooks at Amazon and elsewhere.
I find about 2 or 3 free books worth downloading each week.
I tried some of the sci-fi list, but they usually just give you the first book of a trilogy for free in hopes that you buy the rest of the series.
Most of the free ones I find worthwhile are non-fiction, and religious/spiritual.
I am thinking that repentance has not yet set in, per Adam’s recent post. She has not yet seen that her sin is real.