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Sin without Consequence is not Forgiveness

January 31st, 2017 by G.

We are drowning in strawman Christianity.   I don’t just mean progressivism.  I mean this hideous notion that what Jesus wants us to do is keep the corrupt and the sinful in power over us–because to do otherwise would be “unforgiving.”  This is a doctrine of hell.

So a shepherd in Tallahassee was preying on his congregation–he had seduced a man’s wife.  When he got caught, he announced he had no intention of stepping down–because to do so would be to deny his repentance.  Also his congregation should keep him running the church, because that would show how awesomely they had forgiven him.  Gaa!  Strawman Christianity and virtue signaling are twin poisons.

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January 31st, 2017 20:28:44

Peace with Muscles

January 31st, 2017 by G.

John C. Wright has announced the Last Crusade. It is mostly silly, of course. But on the other hand, it is what most of us who have children are already doing. One has to stand against the great maw of modernity that is gaping wide to eat your kids up. It is easy to be gloomy and despairing about it.

In a 1975 conference talk, Brother H. Burke Petersen recited the usual gloomy statistics. Divorce, illegitimacy, and so on. They are all much worse now.

Then he turned to the words of the Lord. (more…)

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January 31st, 2017 08:30:44

“Whorehouses and mental wards would be much cheaper.”

January 30th, 2017 by Vader

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January 30th, 2017 11:13:42

For Those Who Disagree

January 29th, 2017 by MC

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What’s the right way to act when you disagree with the Church?

I’m not asking this question because it’s some sort of novel situation I find myself in. Far from it. Who doesn’t have disagreements with the Church? Even with the prophets, dead or living? Even with (*installs lightning rod*) the Word of God itself as recorded in the scriptures? There are thousands of pages of scriptures, conference talks, Church policies, Sunday School lessons, half-remembered anecdotes from your batty old aunt about how they used to run things in the pre-war M.I.A., etc. The odds that you could thoughtfully ponder all that and not find some points of honest disagreement are astronomical. (more…)

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January 29th, 2017 02:35:58

May the Saints be as Silver … Indium, Cadmium and Boron

January 27th, 2017 by Zen

“I fear America has attained critical mass: an unstoppable process of reciprocally escalating outrage & disgust, justified via social media”
Thus Jonathan Haidt via twitter

And is what job of the Saints and the Righteous of every denomination? It is to oppose contention and the spirit of the devil. Or in other words, to act as the control rods of society, keeping things as sub-critical as possible, which is the function of silver, indium, cadmium and boron in a nuclear reactor.

If the time comes that the Saints must leave the rest of society, or if they are driven out, then critical mass has most certainly been attained.

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January 27th, 2017 21:59:37

Ah Spring, When a Young Man’s Fancy Turns to Thoughts of Thermodynamics

January 26th, 2017 by G.

Malcolm Pollack has another go at equation of our current political and social decline with entropy. Progress is heat death:

Culture, variety, eros, excellence, aspiration; the sacred, the heroic, and the beautiful: the mill-wheels of Progressivism grind them all into powder. They may grind slowly, but they grind ‘exceeding small’.

Now, however apt, thermodynamics is only a metaphor for our current spiritual dilemma. Or is it? I begin to think that there are some base principles that underly all of reality, not just the purely physical parts of it. Base principles that we do not know except perhaps in some fractured from, and that we are probably incapable of knowing. All the same, I bet they will seem obvious to us some day.

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January 26th, 2017 07:47:43

The Freud Fashion

January 26th, 2017 by Man SL

 

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Freudianism is going the way of other midcentury shibboleths, like respectable journalism and nudist colonies.

It was always a farce, and always obviously a farce. “How could respectable people bring themselves to believe such things?” is the same question as “How could people wear bell bottoms?”

Smart, bookish people need to admit to themselves that they are fashion whores
just like everybody else.

Except for me. Oh, shoot, is this thing on?

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The funny thing looking back was how much courage it took to publicly laugh at Freud’s absurd pretensions to be scientific. Apparently, you had to have the immense self-confidence of a Vladimir Nabokov to scoff at Freud.

Read the whole thing.

You’d probably describe C.S. Lewis as having immense self-confidence too. Or immense confidence in God. Either way, the chapter from A Pilgrim’s Regress on the spirit of the age should be required reading. It does down Freud and a whole slew of modern thought cankers all at the same time.

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January 26th, 2017 07:40:26

More Dream Understanding

January 25th, 2017 by G.

Bruce Charlton has a post on understanding your dreams that I think worthwhile. Excerpt:

The test of experience is therefore that it is the dream structure which matters, not the specific content; it is the structure expressed in terms of a dramatic flow of emotions or convictions akin to the emotional sequence induced by an effective story (e.g. in a novel, play or movie).

The significance of the dream needs to be ‘reverse engineered’ from one’s sequential pattern of emotional responses to the dream…

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January 25th, 2017 08:12:28

Whose Ideology

January 25th, 2017 by G.

An idea gets it political meaning from the class which takes it up.

-thus Bertrand de Jouvenel

We should not ask ourselves which ideology should rule. We should ask ourselves whose ideology should rule. That class which is penitent and purposeful and good-willed, let that class rule.

If they are to be found.

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January 25th, 2017 08:08:04

All

January 24th, 2017 by G.

In Brother Hales’ first conference talk, he told how he had accepted the call.  He had originally been asked to be a mission president, and because his personal, business, and family affairs were in order, he was free to obey.

A few weeks later the phone rang again. This time it was a man whom I have greatly admired—Brother Arthur Haycock. I spoke to him briefly; and then, the prophet’s voice—distinctive, clear, the clarion call.

“Brother Hales, do you mind if we change your mission?”

I had thought I was going to the London England Mission. But I figured someone else would have that call, and I said, “I will be glad to go to whatever place you send me.”

He said, “Do you mind if we change it to Salt Lake City?”

And I said, “No, that will be fine, President.”

“Do you mind if it is little bit longer than three years?”

“However long you want it, President.”

“We would like a lifetime of service.”

-thus Brother Hales.  This story of unquestioning obedience is the centerpiece of a talk on free agency.  “Free to obey” is a good summary.  The kind of freedom you have on vacation is great.  But the kind of creative freedom an artist has to pursue their vision, to improve their vision, to cleanse the inner vessel and express more truly the inner fire, is a better freedom.  That is the kind of freedom the man of God has.

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January 24th, 2017 08:30:19

The Sanctity of the National Mall Turf

January 24th, 2017 by Bertie

Any brainy coves out there on our beloved intertubes that can lend a hand on the matter of estimating crowd sizes? I backed a ring of punters on a book that Steggles made for the inaugural crowd, and now the dashed fellow is being dashed truculent. One notes a distinct lack of forthcomingness in re one’s winnings, what, what, what?

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January 24th, 2017 08:01:18

The Remnant

January 23rd, 2017 by Vader

From an old article by one of my favorite columnists:

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January 23rd, 2017 16:28:22

Christ is All Things to All People

January 23rd, 2017 by G.

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Christ knocks on our door.  That means that He comes to us–wherever our lane is, whatever our drive is, He walks down it.

If we live in Mouse Utopia, most people’s experience of the Christ will be extremely soft and gentle.  He will appear to them as an apostle to special snowflakes.  He will appear to them almost as a caricature of Himself, as the insipid figure of Mercy from A Canticle for Liebowitz.  Because He will make himself a fool for our sake, just as He expects us to do for His.

But the way He appears to them is not the way He is.  He is all things.  To others of us, He will appear in sterner, merrier guise.  Don’t be deceived into believing that the nature of the people and the society around you are a revelation of the final nature of the Christ.  The Living Water pours itself into what vessels it must, but it is not those vessels.

Yes, he is soft with those that need it, which is all of us at times.  But also, He laughs at me.  We have precious moments of cameraderie, brotherhood, of father and son.  There are tender mercies.  He also lets me taste His anger.  The word to me is sometimes, “shut up and soldier.”

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January 23rd, 2017 07:47:50

Well, flabber my gast

January 19th, 2017 by Vader

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January 19th, 2017 11:46:10

Pecos Bill Should Be Released from Jail Shortly

January 19th, 2017 by Pecos Bill

[Editor’s note: the following is transcribed from a message received via prison telegraph.]

 

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Lookit that there pitcher, pardners.  Ain’t she a beaut? (more…)

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January 19th, 2017 07:48:00