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The Atonement was Outside the Walls

April 30th, 2015 by G.

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…)

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April 30th, 2015 11:33:20

The Anti-Nicene Creed

April 30th, 2015 by G.

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.

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April 30th, 2015 10:30:54

“Atomic Bomb Health Benefits”

April 30th, 2015 by MC

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.

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April 30th, 2015 00:04:26

Ordinal Polytheism

April 29th, 2015 by G.

Blake Ostler recommended this paper on “Ordinal Polytheism”.  I am pretty far from endorsing all its conclusions or arguments.  But it is a lot of fun to read.

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April 29th, 2015 09:40:26

Political Logic

April 28th, 2015 by Vader

From Rana Mitter’s China’s War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival:

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April 28th, 2015 20:28:44

Free Kindle ebook, by Bishop Noel Jones.

April 28th, 2015 by Bookslinger

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.

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April 28th, 2015 18:55:32

Miscegenation laws and gay marriage

April 28th, 2015 by Vader

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April 28th, 2015 10:28:43

“Give Me My Smelling Salts, Ho!”

April 27th, 2015 by Vader

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April 27th, 2015 20:44:43

Democrats Rushing to Enroll Immigrant Voters by 2016

April 27th, 2015 by Patrick Henry

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April 27th, 2015 07:25:08

Using Cars to Get There Faster

April 24th, 2015 by Pecos Bill

This hyar cayus is the sort o’ varmint that don’t unnerstand that the pint ain’t betterin’ our transportashayun, the pint is hatin’ on cars.

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April 24th, 2015 13:38:22

Food Stamps

April 23rd, 2015 by The Junior Ganymede

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A Guest Post from a Reader who prefers to be anonymous for this one: (more…)

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April 23rd, 2015 08:28:02

Moral confusion

April 22nd, 2015 by Vader

Woman admits her cancer cure was a fraud, but wants people to quick giving her such a hard time about it.

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.

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April 22nd, 2015 11:52:22

What is the Constitution

April 22nd, 2015 by Man SL

The constitution that may be written is not the true constitution.

Nick B. Steves

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April 22nd, 2015 09:23:49

The Self

April 22nd, 2015 by G.

The self is a myth to the self

-thus Chauncy Riddle

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April 22nd, 2015 09:12:35

Letter from Heavenly Father, cont.

April 22nd, 2015 by G.

Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.  Recommended for those who believe and those who desire.

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April 22nd, 2015 08:27:54