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The Great and Spacious Building

May 06th, 2016 by G.

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May 06th, 2016 13:00:24

Overstays not Deported

May 06th, 2016 by Man SL

About half of illegal immigrants in the United States are visa overstays.  More and more hardly any of them are deported.

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May 06th, 2016 08:45:25

Trump has destroyed the Republican party.

May 04th, 2016 by Bookslinger

“That’s one party down, one to go.  The job is only half done.”

Thus Scott Adams.

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May 04th, 2016 05:20:30

My kind of obituary

May 02nd, 2016 by Vader

Here.

Well, except that I think my obituary is going to have a tough time talking around that unfortunate incident at Alderaan. Or the part about torturing my daughter and cutting off my son’s hand. I’ve tried to be more exemplary in the last couple of decades, but people have long memories.

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May 02nd, 2016 10:50:50

The Emperor Drives a Hard Bargain.

April 25th, 2016 by Bookslinger

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April 25th, 2016 15:20:34

William Wildblood’s deep thoughts

April 23rd, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

I recently noted an unusually deep thinker I have encountered on the blogosphere: William Wildblood.

http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/review-of-william-wildbloods-meeting.html

Over a long period of spiritual searching and enlightenment, Wildblood had some unusual spiritual experiences which led him by an unusual route to a non-denominational but broadly ‘traditional’ Christianity – and this path seems to have led to some carefully considered views and evaluations.

His current post on sexuality may make a good start for interested readers:

http://meetingthemasters.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/some-questions-about-homosexuality.html

As so often with Wildblood’s writing, he brings to a notoriously polarizing subject a calmness, thoroughness and truthfulness that I find both satisfying and enlightening.

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April 23rd, 2016 08:57:38

The Parts of Our Souls

April 22nd, 2016 by G.

I attend Gospel Principles these days for Sunday School.  We only go over the basics.  It’s mind-expanding. (more…)

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April 22nd, 2016 07:03:23

LDS in the MLB

April 21st, 2016 by John Mansfield

“As the rain clouds dispersed over Madison High before a recent Saturday afternoon game, a throng of pro scouts in a rainbow of Major League Baseball caps crowded along the backstop, eyes focused on two seniors who may not even be playing baseball in two years.”

In the Washington Post, with quotes from former missionary Jeremy Guthrie and not-former missionary Bryce Harper. (link)

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April 21st, 2016 09:04:46

Talking to non-Mormon Christians about their misunderstandings and misinformation

April 19th, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

I think the main problem is in the common negative attitude towards Mormons by other types of Christian – which means that correcting even egregious errors (e.g. I heard from the pulpit that Joseph Smith claimed he was Jesus) has little effect.

Because, even though the specific belief about Mormons may be, and usually is, false – the truth is often just as shocking to non-Mormon Christians as the false belief.

For example, those who repeat with horror the common error that Mormons are polytheists are wrong – but the truth (for example that our Mother in Heaven is God’s consort) is equally shocking.

So, in general, I feel that the best strategy is to try and expound Mormon beliefs without argument or defence; in the hope that – if someone listens for long enough – they will eventually recognize that these beliefs are coherent and Christian and at-least-potentially valid, despite their extreme strangeness.

After all, the beliefs are a ‘package’ (i.e. a metaphysical system) that only make sense when taken as a whole – and someone with a positive attitude who makes overall comparisons may, at some point (as I did), get a personal revelation that the Mormon package is the one that happens to be true!

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April 19th, 2016 06:59:49

Burdens

April 18th, 2016 by G.

Men “bear” the priesthood.  They carry its weight.

-thus Elder Nelson

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April 18th, 2016 13:28:13

Mark Steyn for President

April 17th, 2016 by MC

Amending the Constitution would be more than worth it to make it happen. I’m pretty sure Simon Schama had to be carried out of this debate on a stretcher:

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April 17th, 2016 02:33:11

Why are we alive in these latter days? (Opposition in all things)

April 16th, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

We live – in the West – in times of unprecedented physical comfort and convenience – and unprecedented spiritual darkness.

Most of the darkness relates (more or less directly) to sex and sexuality – the sexual revolution has been used as both a lure and a battering-ram to subvert and destroy religion (specifically Christianity), to hollow-out and recolonize its institutions as inverted parodies of the truth.

So why have you and I and so many others been born into this situation? (You can be sure there is a reason why we are born here and now, and not some other time or place.)

Given that God is our loving Father, the reason must be some version of ‘for our own ultimate good’ – or ‘because this is what we, personally, most need‘.

Everyone’s case is different – indeed unique – but I suppose that the main source of ‘opposition’ to good in our time does seem to imply the main necessity of our souls.

Presumably, many of us alive today most needed strengthening by this particular type of opposition – that the sexual domain was (in some way) the particular weakness of our pre-mortal selves – the main factor holding us back from spiritual progression, perhaps.

At any rate, overall the particular nature of corruptions and temptations – of opposition – in our time and place must be some kind of tough love, or bitter medicine; a necessary challenge for our particular souls and the souls of Men in general: a kind of make-or-break opportunity to deal with some extremely serious problem.

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These are reflections on Elder Oaks’s talk at CJCLDS General Conference earlier this month. 

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/04/opposition-in-all-things?lang=eng

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April 16th, 2016 00:43:45

Milliagression in the 14th Century

April 14th, 2016 by John Mansfield

From Music and the Making of Modern Science by Peter Pesic, page 28:

In his earlier Tractatus de commensurabilitate vel incommensurabilitate motuum celi (Treatise on the Commensurability or Incommensurability of the Celestial Motions, written sometime during 1340-1377), Oresme staged this problem in the form of a debate between personified figures of Arithmetic and Geometry, enacted at the command of Apollo himself. The whole dramatic scene is unique among his works, which he generally phrased in the traditional Euclidean style of geometrical propositions.

Appearing as a character in his own drama, Orseme expresses his perplexity whether incommensurability is actually present in astronomy or only a purely theoretical possibility. Then Apollo, accompanied by the Muses, Arts, and Sciences, appears to Oresme “as if in a dream.” Apollo rebukes him for being “ignorant of the ratios relating the things of this world” and hence subject to “affliction of the spirit and an unending labor.” Apollo phrases the problem trenchantly; “an impreceptible excess—even a part smaller than a thousandth—could destroy an equality and alter a ratio from rational to irrational.”

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April 14th, 2016 18:49:25

Habits and Rites

April 07th, 2016 by G.

I’ve gained another routine, when what I want is a sense of ritual

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April 07th, 2016 07:36:24

Kitty Genovese

April 05th, 2016 by Bookslinger

God rest her soul, was murdered in 1964, at age 28.

Her killer recently (2016) died in prison, 52 years later, at age 81.

There are several historically and legally significant and representative things about the case. Read the first link.

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April 05th, 2016 15:00:11