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An Overabundance of Cheap Messiahs

August 13th, 2017 by Zen

We all know that Hollywood is sick. Not just morally depraved, but intellectually and creatively bankrupt. This is no great surprise to any of us. Looking at foreign films, even just good anime, can really surprise you with genuine emotion, real stakes, terrifying loss, and real characters, you just don’t get with movies like Transformers, or even most of Hollywood. It is interesting to note, that besides the Founding Fathers, the majority of people who appeared to Pres. Woodroof and ask why their temple work had not been done, were artists (authors, poets, playwrights, etc). So, I think their is a genuine spiritual angle here, besides simply Hollywood mediocrity.

The New York Post has a great little article How Harry Potter and ‘The Dark Tower’ have messed up millennials
Please read it – it is quite short.

Protagonists don’t have to grow or struggle. They are simply the Chosen One. (more…)

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August 13th, 2017 17:37:37

Vision

August 12th, 2017 by Zen

On one hand, visions and dreams that do not come through the church authorities, or ourselves, are not binding to us at all. And there are certainly no shortage of nutjobs out there.

On the other hand, there is a notable vision by Charles D Evans, a church Patriarch back in the 1890’s, that keeps ringing in my ear.

Right after showing the gospel restoration and general national prosperity, and right before discussing disasters and plagues, he is told (more…)

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August 12th, 2017 14:58:39

So Long Rhinestone Cowboy

August 08th, 2017 by Bookslinger

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August 08th, 2017 16:13:27

Remember the Plucky Band of Heroes

August 05th, 2017 by Zen

“One of the ways Satan wants us to manipulate others is by dwelling upon and even exaggerating the evil in the world.
Certainly our world has always been, and will continue to be, imperfect. Far too many innocent people suffer because of circumstances of nature as well as from man’s inhumanity. The corruption and wickedness in our day are unique and alarming. (more…)

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August 05th, 2017 14:08:37

Free of Merit

August 03rd, 2017 by G.

For with the removal of all question of merit or payment, the soul is suddenly released for incredible voyages.  If we ask a sane man how much he merits, his mind shrinks instinctively and instantaneously.  It is doubtful whether he merits six feet of earth.

But if you ask him what he can conquer–he can conquer the stars.

-thus G.K. Chesterton.

The  man was one long endless quote.  I seem to see some a sunny imperial upland somewhere, dotted with natives toiling away on his quote plantations.

OK, just one more.

This gay humility, this holding of ourselves so lightly and yet ready for an infinity of  unmerited triumphs, this secret is so simple.

 

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August 03rd, 2017 19:42:23

Harvardology

August 03rd, 2017 by Patrick Henry

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August 03rd, 2017 07:29:54

The Mormon Master Metaphor (and reality) of family love discovered in Coleridge

August 01st, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

I am coming to understand the advent of Mormonism in terms of a completion of the divine promptings that were first detectable with the early Romantic movement among its greatest exponents such as ST Coleridge and JW von Goethe (who both died just as the CJCLDS was emerging).

Mormonism brought an astonishing metaphysical clarity to the embryonic striving to express the fundamental nature of existence in terms which were real, symbolic and comprehensible; by means of the ‘Master Metaphor’ of marriage and family love – of the dyadic nature of Man as a man and woman in an eternal and fertile divine marriage (and of originating from exactly such a union of Heavenly parents).

I feel that much more can, and should, be done to develop this core insight: here is my latest attempt – in which I do not mention Mormonism because I take its truth for granted.

http://notionclubpapers.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/coleridges-polarity-as-explicated-by.html

Someone, at some point, might write a scholarly study of Joseph Smith as a metaphysical philosopher; one of the greatest of all time – so remarkably successful in creating a coherent, practical and motivating basic understanding of ultimate reality that his profundity is apparently invisible!)

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August 01st, 2017 11:23:07

Sourdough starter/leaven.

July 29th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Another chapter in my baking adventures. (more…)

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July 29th, 2017 21:16:01

Honor, Praise, and Veneration

July 24th, 2017 by John Mansfield

Words of Lemuel Sturdevant Leavitt (1827-1916):

Our crops had been very poor. There was never enough water for each man to irrigate his scanty acres. We not only had our own families to feed, but often the Indians came and demanded bread. One winter was particularly hard. Our crops were more meager than usual and the winter was extra-long and severe. Our bins, as well as those of most of our neighbors, were getting pretty low so it was decided that I should make a trip to Parowan to replenish our supply of flour. At that time it was a hazardous undertaking, for in the winter a trip over the snow covered mountains to the north, with no road to follow, was a real undertaking, however, it was necessary that someone make the trip. (more…)

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July 24th, 2017 07:13:43

What’s Wrong with BYU?

July 24th, 2017 by G.

BYU Magazine runs a tedious sermon preaching the journalistic religion, which is deader than Zoroastrianism and has been for about as long.

My Eyes Glaze Over.

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July 24th, 2017 07:04:29

Only Female Fields Medalist Dies from an Illness Particular to her Sex

July 18th, 2017 by John Mansfield

Sunday evening two days ago I had a follow-up conversation with a young mathematician, a son of members of my ward. A couple years ago I asked him about his area of work, but there wasn’t much for me to connect with—something vague about mapping manifolds. The Sunday before last I saw him again at a reception for a departing missionary couple and learned that he will begin a post-doctoral position in Finland, so I asked him, “Why Finland?” “Well, Finland is a small place, so the math research there is focused on a particular area that happens to be my area. I’ll be working with my PhD advisor’s advisor.” “And what is that area?” I asked, fearing that the answer would be as vague as before. Instead he simply said, “Complex analysis.”

There couldn’t have been an answer of more interest to me. (more…)

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July 18th, 2017 11:45:23

We need a positive explanation of repentance – for a world that does not understand sin (and will not make the effort)

July 18th, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

Christ brings us the infinite power of repentance – but modern Man does not understand the need for it; because he does not understand the nature of sin, and will not make the effort to understand it.

Therefore, we need a way of explaining what Christ did for us in a way that avoids mention of sin, and emphasises the positive nature of his great gift.

Sin is inevitable in this mortal life – therefore repentance is vital; and indeed sufficient (even for the worst of sins).

Repentance is, ultimately, to live by the two great commandments – love of God and of fellow men. Because repentance = the desire to become part of the divine family: the choice to take up our places as sons and daughters of God.

Love of God and Neighbour translates to the desire to live eternally as a part of the Heavenly Family.

Repentance is the wish to become part of God’s holy family, and the acceptance of what that entails.

So – the gift of Jesus Christ was his invitation to join God’s family for eternity; including the ability to do so; the choice is therefore whether we want to accept this gift; or not.

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July 18th, 2017 00:59:20

Oh, Babylon, Oh, Babylon, we bid thee farewell

July 17th, 2017 by Zen

The inestimable Rod Dreher relates a panel discussion on religious freedom, discussing the Benedict option. There are a lot of good things to relate from it, but the thing that most impressed me, was the inability to even imagine withdrawing from the World. It is too much intertwined with most so-called Christians. Resisting the World is more than a great many can do, much less completely withdrawing. A majority of those who call themselves Christians, are only Christians in name only.

Alas, I do not think there is anywhere for us to physically flee, and we are not ready for Lunar/Martian/Venusian/Jovian colonization. But withdrawing from the World (its blood and sins, and necrotizing philosophy) is something we must withdraw from, as part of our salvation.

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July 17th, 2017 23:04:42

God will yet Reveal — the Holy Ghost

July 06th, 2017 by G.

God will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. Chief among them is the Holy Ghost. We know so little.

Still, I believe that what Joseph Smith and the prophets have already revealed about the Holy Ghost may be the most underrated truths of the Restoration. (more…)

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July 06th, 2017 13:09:08

Do real men eat… ?

July 05th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Gummy vitamins?  (more…)

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July 05th, 2017 05:55:46