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The Benedict Insurgency

May 17th, 2016 by MC


[Note: I did a Google Image Search for “Mickey Mouse Evil,” and it came up with this image, which is more apropos for this post than I could have hoped for.]

This is not a Robert Ludlum novel. These are some thoughts, hopefully not too disjointed, about Mormons and The Benedict Option.

I.     “Eeek! A Mouse!”

A few months back, we went to Disneyland with my side of the family. It’s a cliché among BYU fans to note how much BYU gear one sees at Disneyland. Now I know why; even if you aren’t looking for them, Mormons are EVERYWHERE in the Magic Kingdom. You might think that I only noticed the because I’m Mormon. But my undergraduate school is one that, based on size and distance from L.A., you would expect to be on rough parity with BYU at Disneyland. Instead my college was outnumbered probably 10-to-1.

So yeah, Mormons love Disney. Back in the days of Walt himself, this would hardly warrant mentioning. Christians like good, clean family fun, and Disney = good, clean family fun.

But not all Christians like Disney. (more…)

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May 17th, 2016 02:34:53


April 12th, 2016 by G.

One of the old standbys among the SJWs of the Bloggernacle is whether telling a missionary it would be better to be dead than to dishonor themselves on their mission is the literally the worst thing ever, worse than Hitler. The argument, somewhat strained, is that the injunction is encouraging missionaries to commit suicide if they do sin.

President Harold B. Lee was apparently not aware that he was wandering into a internet controversy when he came across a similar situation, so he gave a much more sensible caution. Here is the story in his words. (more…)

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April 12th, 2016 07:30:17

The Necessity of Clans?

March 31st, 2016 by MC


Our esteemed JG co-blogger John Mansfield has a theory that Mormons are retreating socially into their extended families, and worries that the Church is turning into something like a confederation of clans (have I got it right, JM?). He goes so far as to posit that the custom of cousin marriage might make inroads in a more insular Church.

I don’t really see the trend of extended families becoming more important than other Church associations, possibly because I live in a far-off land where most Mormons are transplants without extended family around. But I do observe a trend that might be related. (more…)

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March 31st, 2016 01:36:45

Your dose of G.K. Chesterton for the day

March 25th, 2016 by Vader


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March 25th, 2016 21:44:41

Entropy and Pick-Up Artists

March 25th, 2016 by G.

The PUA community has a large body of conventional wisdom of how women really want to be treated. They say that it is based on experience. I do not discount the possibility that they are right. But even so they are making the classic modern error of thinking that whatever is gross, ugly, and broken down reveals the real truth. Entropy is not truth. Entropy is just entropy.

We live in a broken-down society. Courtship and community have dissolved. Socially speaking, we are in an anarchy. How women act and react in these circumstances is a truth, not the truth.

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March 25th, 2016 09:00:12

An open letter to Trump supporters and the other Republican candidates

March 05th, 2016 by The Junior Ganymede

The Junior Ganymede is pleased to present another guest post by Kent G. Budge.

Obligatory disclaimer: This post does not necessarily represent the views of all the contributors to The Junior Ganymede.


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March 05th, 2016 13:25:07

Patriarchy, Risk and Reward

March 01st, 2016 by G.

Patriarchy is the theory that men should be the primary bearers of risks. Risk of death or injury, risk of bankruptcy and failure. In marriage the wife shares much of the risk, but even then the risk is disproportioned. If a man dies his family’s prospects will be badly damaged, but they will at least still be alive. If a man fails at business, his whole family shares his poverty, but only a part of his shame. (more…)

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March 01st, 2016 07:20:45

The Case Against Man Caves

February 27th, 2016 by Vader

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February 27th, 2016 11:24:52

Syed Husein

February 12th, 2016 by G.

Man and hero. May heaven receive him.

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February 12th, 2016 09:30:52

BYU Thoughts on the Sexes

February 04th, 2016 by G.

Date night

In the LDS church, for Sunday services we take communion (we call it “the sacrament”), then we intersperse sermons with hymns. The sermons come from the congregation. The bishop picks new speakers each week. In most congregations, when some new family moves in, the bishop customarily has the couple speak. The wife speaks first and does the social thing: she introduces the family.


Today the wife told a typical story about how they met. He was her hometeacher at BYU, they dated a few weeks, got engaged, and were married a few months later.


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February 04th, 2016 08:48:33

Two Keys of Manhood

January 25th, 2016 by G.

Manhood has two different musical keys.  Many of the same notes, but being played in a different arrangement. (more…)

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January 25th, 2016 06:44:45

Righteous Among the Nations

December 02nd, 2015 by Vader

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December 02nd, 2015 13:46:33


November 12th, 2015 by G.

The thought came into my mind that presence is the ultimate masculine quality.  Call it charisma, gravitas, power, authority, what have you.  Whatever it was that George Washington acquired and Jesus had.  (It occurs to me that the same is probably true of feminity.  We, groping our way in the dim light of our own reason, can get ahead a little by defining manliness and womanliness in terms of other qualities.  But ultimately they are their own things and they themselves can be felt.)

God has presence.  Revelations says that God doesn’t act to cause the end of the world.  He just reveals himself.  It is his presence that causes the earth to flame and the mountains to run down into the sea.  He is hell for the sinner and heaven for the saint, without pronouncing a word of judgment.

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November 12th, 2015 06:28:20

Hat tip to Ben Carson’s #iamaChristian.

October 03rd, 2015 by Bookslinger

Generally, I don’t like to jump on memes and follow a crowd.  I don’t like fads. I don’t like cheap shows of support or solidarity. If I participate in a meme, it has to be something I already believe in, and it has to be something that I can sincerely encourage others to do that is also for their good.  

‘Sides, being a “witness for Christ at all times and in all places”  is a good thing. In the gospel, actions are required in addition to words, but words are still required as part of testimony and witness.

I don’t know if Ben Carson started the #IamaChristian meme/tag, but his photo seems to be in the news. (more…)

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October 03rd, 2015 11:20:51

Authenticity Is Imprudence and Promise Breaking

September 24th, 2015 by G.


One of the great modern sin complexes goes by the name of authenticity.

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September 24th, 2015 09:13:44