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July 14th, 2015 by Vader

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July 14th, 2015 08:37:04

The Benedict Option: are We Losing Even Outwardly Committed Youth?

July 08th, 2015 by The Junior Ganymede

(Guest post from a correspondent, based on an email exchange that began before the Benedict Option post)

Has there been a discussion of how Mormons might meet the Benedict option? Is it possible to be Benedictines and missionaries? It’s a discussion the Mormons on the internet should be having if they have not yet. (more…)

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July 08th, 2015 07:14:35

Implications of our Mother in Heaven

July 04th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Feeling the implications of having a Mother in Heaven is a thing the pace of which I have not forced; but which has gradually crept up on me in the time since – not much more than a year ago – I became sure of her reality.

As would probably be expected from an understanding of the complementarity of the sexes – there are situations when thoughts of Mother in Heaven hardly arise – and one of these is theology. It seems natural, and almost necessary, to focus exclusively on Heavenly Father (and Jesus Christ) when discussing theological matters.

So far, her reality is most vivid in meditation – as contrasted with prayer. When I consider Heaven, and when I get a glimmering of a vision of this state, it makes a great difference that the divine family is headed by a Father and Mother – rather than a Father alone.

And Mother in Heaven works against losing myself in abstraction, and makes ‘God’ into actually real persons; makes ‘God’ a complex and differentiated entity – not anything like a simple force.

Mother in Heaven makes my feeling of the love of God something individual and specific and concrete – a very here and now and palpable kind of love.

And when I think of the monarchy of Heaven, I now think in terms of an ideal version of the many models of rulership between Man and Woman that are depicted in Tolkien’s Legendarium: Beren and Luthien, Earendil and Elwing, Celeborn and Galadriel, Aragorn and Arwen, Tom Bombadil and Goldberry.

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July 04th, 2015 12:01:49

The Social Construction of Masculinity

July 04th, 2015 by Man SL

The reason girls don’t grow mustaches isn’t because society tells them they can’t.

Steven Goldberg


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July 04th, 2015 05:50:52

Mea culpa

July 02nd, 2015 by The Junior Ganymede

The Junior Ganymede welcomes this guest post by Kent G. Budge.

My reaction to the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage has been decidedly mixed. By that I mean that I’ve experienced a broad range of emotions over it, none of them positive.

One emotion I haven’t experienced is surprise. We all knew this was coming, and those few of us who professed optimism that the Court might yet rule in favor of the states, or at least rule very narrowly against the states, struck me as whistling furiously in the dark.

However, one emotion I have found myself experiencing, which I did not expect, is remorse.


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July 02nd, 2015 21:10:07

The Problem of Friendship in Mormonism

June 24th, 2015 by G.

Friendship is very important in Mormonism.  So is brotherhood and sisterhood.  We know these relationships have eternal significance:

And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there.

But unlike other relationships that have eternal significance, husbands and wives, parents and children, relationships to Christ, these relationships aren’t sealed, don’t have any rituals for them, and barely even exist formally.  Some of them have a kind of temporal institutional existence in the quorum and the Relief Society, but that’s as far as it goes.  (As above, so below: Western society also lacks any high recognition of friendship as a distinct kind of relationship.) (more…)

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June 24th, 2015 11:45:13

Call Him Father

June 21st, 2015 by G.

A Fathers’ Day classic

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June 21st, 2015 16:31:27

Only a Man can Become a Man

June 14th, 2015 by G.

Manhood ultimately has a metaphysical explanation.

I regard manhood as dating back eternally; a matter of fundamental existence – and the same applies to womanhood.

In other words, sexual difference is a primal reality.

-thus Bruce Charlton. I sometimes think that one of the core characteristics of manhood is wanting to become a man. Are little girls quite as avid as little boys to find role models? Well, probably. In any case, manhood, and womanhood, like being a child of God, is one of those inborn, natural things that you nonetheless have to work at.

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June 14th, 2015 13:27:23

Speaking to the Remnant

June 08th, 2015 by Vader

Jonah Goldberg points us to a worthy essay.

In that essay, Nock rewrote the tale of the Prophet Isaiah. At the end of King Uzziah’s reign in 740 b.c., God asked Isaiah to warn the Jews of His wrath to come. But God told Isaiah: “I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you that it won’t do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life.”
So why send me on this errand in the first place? Isaiah asked. “Ah,” the Lord said, “you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it.”
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June 08th, 2015 09:25:41

In the Mouth of Two Witnesses

May 26th, 2015 by G.

My wife says, apropos of nothing:  you know, people need a testimony of their marriage.

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May 26th, 2015 07:05:37

Memorial Day

May 24th, 2015 by Vader

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May 24th, 2015 10:12:26

The Playing Fields of Eton

May 23rd, 2015 by MC

Playing fields of Eton

Mrs. MC: Did you tell our son that he could head-butt Jerome [a boy in his preschool class]?

MC: No.

Mrs. MC: Why does he think you told him that? (more…)

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May 23rd, 2015 19:38:51

The Boy Scouts Ban Squirt Guns. What Should We Do About It?

May 20th, 2015 by Vader

The Boy Scouts of America are slowly succumbing to modernity.

According to recent BSA policy, the above picture is unkind and unsafe, unless the boy is wearing safety glasses and only pointing the super soaker at an approved target on an approved range.  Grinning while doing it has not yet been explicitly banned.


The BSA policy is being understandably mocked in the press. (more…)

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May 20th, 2015 08:44:13

Hand-to-Hand Combat More Common

April 13th, 2015 by Ask a Liberal Mormon

Just one more reason we need integrate more women into combat.  The exclusion of women’s perspectives lead to this kind of hyper-masculinized brutal violence.

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April 13th, 2015 15:50:29

Date with the Pill, Divorce with a Will

April 13th, 2015 by Man SL

Being on the pill while forming a relationship generally made women less happy with the relationship after they quit the pill.

The pill appears to make women prefer more nebbish men.  Widespread hormonal contraception may be an evolutionary shift to a bunch of Y-chromosoned uptalkers.

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April 13th, 2015 13:04:46