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His Father’s Workspace

February 29th, 2016 by John Mansfield

From Chapter Four of Joseph Conrad’s A Personal Record:

This must have been in the year ‘70. But I really believe that I am wrong. That book was not my first introduction to English literature. My first acquaintance was (or were) the “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and that in the very MS. of my father’s translation. It was during our exile in Russia, and it must have been less than a year after my mother’s death, because I remember myself in the black blouse with a white border of my heavy mourning. We were living together, quite alone, in a small house on the outskirts of the town of T——. (more…)

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February 29th, 2016 12:50:07

Darwin Prophesies the End of the World

February 29th, 2016 by G.

Descent of Man Evolution implies eschatology. (more…)

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February 29th, 2016 07:26:01

Nuke pills – potassium iodide

February 28th, 2016 by Bookslinger

Someone who works for a major city’s department of homeland security recommends everyone having a pack of these.

https://www.nukepills.com/potassium-iodide/   (more…)

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February 28th, 2016 18:35:46

The Case Against Man Caves

February 27th, 2016 by Vader

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February 27th, 2016 11:24:52

Free Verse

February 26th, 2016 by Jeeves

The merchandise is usually worth its valuation.

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February 26th, 2016 10:57:29

The Masterpiece of the Creator

February 26th, 2016 by G.

Choosing good over evil and right over wrong is the crowning achievement of life, and in so doing man becomes the masterpiece of the Creator

-thus Brother Alvin Dyer

 

Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me

-Thus Immanuel Kant

Both are from Ralph Hancock’s excellent essay, The Starry Heavens and the Moral Law

 

 

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February 26th, 2016 07:31:52

What does it mean to say we are ‘literal’ children of God?

February 26th, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

This is my attempt to explain it (for non-Mormons) in five statements.

http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/what-do-mormons-mean-by-saying-that-we.html

Comments/ corrections are welcomed.

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February 26th, 2016 04:29:28

I am Offended!

February 25th, 2016 by G.

Said no peon ever. Taking offense and parading the finery of delicate moral sensibilities is a privilege reserved to the privileged.

 

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February 25th, 2016 10:57:21

Earned Equality

February 25th, 2016 by G.

I hate égalité like I hate tyranny. It stinks like the breath of dogs. (more…)

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February 25th, 2016 09:29:54

Is this the first time that Sterling McMurrin’s Theological Foundations of the Mormon Religion has been cited in an article on biology?

February 25th, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

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February 25th, 2016 09:18:38

No Exercise of Agency Is Over Until It Is Judged

February 24th, 2016 by G.

You wake up in the morning and pick a shirt—maybe the blue shirt, maybe the red one. The choice is minor and the consequences will be subtle.  Maybe a coworker treats you slightly differently because of what the color says about your  mood.

Or you wake up in the morning and decide which job you are going to take. That is a serious choice with serious consequences.

Meaningful choice (also called agency) is part of our basic experience. Trying to think philosophically about choice can be harder, but the reality of it isn’t hard. (more…)

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February 24th, 2016 10:42:41

Glimpses of Heaven

February 23rd, 2016 by G.

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On the sweetness of Mormon life.
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February 23rd, 2016 07:30:43

Sympathy for the Pharisees

February 22nd, 2016 by G.

Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath and told him to take his bed and walk. That must have been against the Sabbath customs, because the local Pharisees milked the guy to find out who’d told him to walk around carrying a bed, and then went after Jesus when the guy talked. (more…)

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February 22nd, 2016 12:51:27

Finding Yourself

February 21st, 2016 by G.

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself

-Proverbs 18:2

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February 21st, 2016 08:55:58

How many see it this way?

February 20th, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

“I’m going to start out by talking about the doctrine of intelligences. This is, I think, unique to Mormonism. It talks about that we existed as intelligences and that it can’t be created and it can’t be made. We’ve always existed in this way. But, we chose to ally ourselves with God. We had personality and we had volition, and we chose to ally ourselves with a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother who could put us on the road to exaltation. So, they gave us a spirit body. ”

http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2014-fairmormon-conference/womans-church

(Excellent talk – BTW)

This is no big deal – nothing terribly important hangs upon it. But just from interest – how many would say that this is the probable order of events? I mean that as intelligences we chose to ally with God?

I have until now assumed that we chose to ally with God after we became intelligences.

My reasons are:

1. I don’t think we could choose this until after we were spirit bodies – I don’t think our capacity for choice was there as intelligences.

2. I think the evidence for this is that Satan and the fallen angels chose to reject God after they had become premortal spirit bodies. If they had chosen to ally with God as intelligences, then this decision would have to be non-binding, reversible – which perhaps isn’t much of a decision.

3. On the other hand – it is clear that we can, during mortal life, chose to reject out alliance with God (i.e. choose damnation).

So it could be (as the above speaker implies) that at each stage (including intelligence, spirit body and mortal incarnation) we can choose to reject our alliance with God. So I am currently reconsidering my previous ideas on this topic. No conclusion as yet.

Thoughts?

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February 20th, 2016 04:10:06