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What is Love?

July 28th, 2015 by G.

The natural American thing is to think of love as a  kind of gauzy sentiment.  This isn’t the worst definition.  It roughly corresponds to day to day reality.  But where it breaks down, it breaks down badly.  It is impossible to square with God’s nature.  And it makes you try to force yourself to feel gauzy sentiment about people, which is silly.

The old school Catholic definition of love is willing the good of another.  That also isn’t a bad definition.  It gets at something important and turns you away from making your own feelings your purpose to making other people your purpose.  It also helps to explain the well-known phenomenon where serving people gradually leads you to feeling sentiment for them.

But the best definition is that love is delighting in the good of another.  Love is relishing.

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July 28th, 2015 12:54:19

Thanks. It’s been really swell.

July 27th, 2015 by Vader

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July 27th, 2015 21:55:04

Were Laman and Lemuel Deuteronomists?

July 27th, 2015 by G.

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July 27th, 2015 08:03:57

A Date with An Ironing Board

July 27th, 2015 by G.

Ironing Boards

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

It’s Saturday evening, and you need to do some ironing for Sunday and the week. Your wife, your lovely one, says, “do you remember when you ironed on one of our dates?” You don’t. She tells you. (more…)

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July 27th, 2015 08:00:04

Naea Bennet, Sabbath Hero

July 26th, 2015 by G.

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July 26th, 2015 05:04:01

Sony Self-Censors

July 24th, 2015 by G.

Orwell got it wrong.  In reality, you stomp on your own face forever.


Inner Big Brother is Best Big Brother.

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July 24th, 2015 13:30:01

Pioneer Day

July 24th, 2015 by G.

Happy Pioneer Day!


Family Search is running a ‘find your pioneer ancestors‘ thingummy today.  Check it out.  It would be an act of filial piety. (more…)

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July 24th, 2015 10:58:48

Too Much Holiness

July 24th, 2015 by G.


It’s hard to know when to stop being holy. Some things we are supposed to be doing, there are no natural stopping points. Can you ever do enough missionary work, when more people are born every minute then you can talk to in 60 seconds? Can you ever baptize the dead enough, when they die faster than you can baptize? Don’t run faster than you have strength, the scripture says. But conscience always whispers that maybe we have just a little bit more strength than we will let ourselves know. (more…)

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July 24th, 2015 10:20:43

Companies that Pay for Planned Parenthood

July 23rd, 2015 by Man SL

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July 23rd, 2015 07:48:56

The Benedict Option in Higher Education

July 22nd, 2015 by Patrick Henry

The next attack on religious freedom is probably against schools.  The Bob Jones precedent and accreditation make it a more vulnerable target.  Progressivism dominates higher education, which makes progressives more worked up about enemies in “their” territory and which gives them an advantage in operating on the terrain.  For instance, most professors and administrators at even the most traditionalist schools were probably educated elsewhere and have been deeply acculturated in progressivism.  This acculturation continues every time they go to a conference or read professional publications.

One solution is for faith schools to cooperate with each other.  They could form their own accrediting body, for instance.

The only problem is that the largest faith schools have already surrendered.  Baylor just removed the prohibition against homosexual acts from their honor code.   Notre Dame’s white flag was already hoisted.

Our prominent allies are itching to be on the other side.  We must reorient our expectations from actual allies.  It will be the small Christian colleges that aren’t very prestigious.  We are going to have to look for friends among groups that are going to be more lowly and despised than we are accustomed to.  To a certain extent, we may have to be sheltering them than vice versa.



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July 22nd, 2015 08:04:03

Reverse Psychology

July 22nd, 2015 by G.

A nice middlebrow short story.  The only failure is the part where he talked the patient out of not seeing Dr. Trauer again, which was written clumsily.

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July 22nd, 2015 07:25:02

Trollope and the Decline in Quality

July 21st, 2015 by G.

I just finished The Prime Minister by Trollope.  It was wonderful.  Deft characterization, easy, effortless writing, a based worldview.  All in the service of what was, really, a Victorian domestic drama (*cough* soap opera *cough*).

What struck me most was that Trollope was apparently unconscious of his skill.  Any modern writer who could write that well would be very aware that he stood out from the crowd and would try to be more artistic and literary as a consequence.


Where has all the middlebrow gone?


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July 21st, 2015 10:53:11

Good Questions from an Investigator

July 20th, 2015 by G.

The following are lightly edited transcripts of a conversation I am having with an honest inquirer, who is also a friend of the JG.  He can out himself in the comments if he wishes.  Comments are welcome.  If you would like to have a private conversation with him, say so in the comments and the Club Committee will try to oblige, subject to the consent of the inquiring gentleman. (more…)

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July 20th, 2015 11:52:56

Straining at gnats and swallowing camels

July 20th, 2015 by Vader

SCOTUS edition.

The whole conversation is worthwhile, but Chapter 3 focuses on the contradictions in Supreme Court free speech jurisprudence.

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July 20th, 2015 11:41:43

Mormon theology versus Classical theology – either may be Christian

July 20th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

The fact that Mormons are Christian, and have remained Christian over eight generations – becoming more obviously Christian with each generation – proves to me that there is scope for at least two fundamentally different theologies and metaphysical systems to underlie Christianity.

Although I personally prefer Mormon theology and metaphysics; I acknowledge 100 percent that evidence from two thousand years demonstrates conclusively and abundantly that it is perfectly possible to be a Christian with Classical theology and metaphysics!

(To say the least of it!)

Therefore I regard metaphysics as proven to be (to some significant degree – although obviously not in an open-ended way) a matter of preference (individual preference, denominational preference) and not of fundamental necessity – furthermore I regard different metaphysical approaches as having different advantages and disadvantages because (being human constructions and understood and implemented by humans) none of them are completely-true.

The most I will say for Mormon metaphysics (which is a lot!) is that it has several advantages over Classical metaphysics – and that these advantages correspond to particular needs of our time and circumstances.

In some other respects mainstream Classical metaphysics are superior (e.g. in making clearer the greatness of God and His qualitative difference from Men – Mormon metaphysics does not deny this, of course! – but it is less-clear).

In sum, which metaphysical system a Christian adheres to should not be used as a criterion for challenging whether or not he is a Christian. Metaphysics is secondary to Christianity, which means we ought not to insist upon any particular species of it – the essence of the Christian religion is revelation.

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