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It’s Utah

April 23rd, 2014 by Adam G.

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April 23rd, 2014 12:36:25

Eulogy for a Good Man

April 22nd, 2014 by Adam G.

Ivan Wolfe’s father has passed away. When I read about the man, I get a sense of how it is that God can say people are his glory.

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April 22nd, 2014 14:12:17

Religious, Not Spiritual

April 22nd, 2014 by Adam G.

The human person has a very nearly infinite capacity for self-delusion. That’s why I consider myself religious… but not spiritual. Whatever in religious practice may seem dull, mundane, and ordinary is more to be trusted than those parts of it which seem highly emotional or consciousness-raising.

-thus Nick B. Steves, offered for consideration and not by way of endorsement.

Mormonism is a highly unusual mix of emotionalism and workmanlike pragmatism. The only other place I’ve seen that is the family: gooey sentiment, checkbooks, and diapers.

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April 22nd, 2014 12:44:19

Separation of Work and the Married State

April 21st, 2014 by Adam G.

Men need achievement. They need to earn respect. But when men get together to start striving and doing, they often get absurd. Everyone who’s spent time there knows the workplace is just a bit ridiculous. Even workplaces with bona-fide valuable missions: when I was in the military I estimated it was about 3/4ths farce, except not played for laughs.

I wonder if men need women to bring them back to earth sometimes. When you’re a kid, you play dress up at home. When you’re grown, you come home so you can stop playing dress up.

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April 21st, 2014 18:40:47

Easter in Pictures and in Words

April 21st, 2014 by Adam G.

BradfordPear

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Easter Morning. You take family pictures under the Bradford Pear. Then you take more pictures after you remember to remove the hanging mosquito trap.

You go to church. You take the sacrament. A girl receives the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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April 21st, 2014 15:25:16

He Spoke as One Having Authority

April 21st, 2014 by Adam G.

Here’s a practical analysis of Jesus’ charisma.

More and more, I see social acts and conversations as a series of little rituals. Jesus didn’t participate in the rituals. He remade them. They called him the Logos–the Word–and the Creator.

HT to the Scholar’s Stage.

As the linked analysis points out, a lot of his power simply came from his refusal to participate. When they brought him the woman caught in adultery and asked if she should be stoned, Jesus . . . ignored them. After a while he spoke just one line. Then he ignored them again. We speculate that Mohammed may have been an actual prophet of God in his time and place. I am beginning to speculate that Lao-Tzu was too.

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April 21st, 2014 09:36:50

Nick Land’s Law of the Left

April 21st, 2014 by Patrick Henry

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April 21st, 2014 01:04:02

Easter Week

April 18th, 2014 by Adam G.

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April 18th, 2014 10:39:14

Good News for Diverse America

April 17th, 2014 by Adam G.

Babies are little racists.

It explains why progressive Americans aren’t having kids any more.

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April 17th, 2014 16:41:50

Mormons May not be Awash in a Sea of Porn

April 17th, 2014 by The Junior Ganymede

A new analysis shows.

Whether this is because Mormon men aren’t lusty, red-blooded males, or because of the warning voice of the prophets, we leave to the reader to judge.

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April 17th, 2014 13:56:32

Plus ça change

April 17th, 2014 by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Plus c’est la même chose.

The Pale of Settlement is back.

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April 17th, 2014 13:37:54

Love, Prayer, and Gratitude

April 17th, 2014 by Adam G.

I learned from our dear prophet what a storm-tossed people need—love, prayers, and appreciation for helping hands.

-thus Elder Rasband.

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April 17th, 2014 10:21:00

Dwarfs Standing in the Pits that Giants Dug

April 16th, 2014 by Adam G.

The logical and imaginative grammars of belief, which still informed the thinking of earlier generations of atheists and skeptics, are no longer there. In their place, there is now—where questions of the divine, the supernatural, or the religious are concerned—only a kind of habitual intellectual listlessness.

–from here.

Unbelief dwindles. Only it turns out the verb is transitive, not intransitive as we had supposed.

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April 16th, 2014 17:06:32

Electing a New People

April 15th, 2014 by Adam G.

First as farce, then as fact.

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April 15th, 2014 15:16:54

Some of the Things that Weigh You Down are Actually Anchors

April 15th, 2014 by Adam G.

Very few people that leave the good old folkways can keep from getting all mixed up in the mind. We can make raids and excursions into the wild, but it has to be from well kept strongholds.

-thus Robert Frost

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April 15th, 2014 12:49:11