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Patriarchy Implies . . .

April 21st, 2017 by G.

A friend observed that patriarchy implies succession. Fathers and sons.

God is a father.

Mormons are supposed to have some really out-there views. If anything, the opposite is true. Our notions are childishly simple.

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April 21st, 2017 04:24:30

Mutually Worthy

April 20th, 2017 by G.

We are all slapping SPDI heartily on the back. His latest is even better than his normal high standard of work.

Wisely and eloquently, at root he makes the very simple point: men won’t prepare for marriage if there aren’t worthy women around. And vice versa. We have moved from a cooperate-cooperate to defect-defect.

What I was groping for, but didn’t quite grasp, was the importance of young people trusting that the opposite sex is also preparing for marriage.

For parents, its trusting that other kids parents are also preparing them for marriage.

One very strong definition of community that transcends race and language and all sorts of things, is the group of people whose kids you expect your kids could marry. Ancestral and blood ties, in other words, are often prospective.

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April 20th, 2017 06:02:16

The necessity of resurrection

April 20th, 2017 by Bruce Charlton

It is a puzzle why humans need to be born, die and be resurrected before attaining eternal life. And why even Jesus also needed to do this….

Clearly, this fact implies that the actions of our creator are constrained – in time and space – because it is necessary that this process actually happens requiring bodies and duration. (i.e. God cannot do anything instantly – perhaps especially where he is dealing with agents. Some things must be done via stages.)

One way of understanding may be that incarnation is (for Jesus as well as ourselves) into actual, ‘biological’ human families – and Mormons recognise that this is also our eternal destiny.

So; we were premortal spirits who were (in a sense) inserted into biological matter (derived from our biological parents) when we were incarnated. And therefore there is a tension, and an unintegratable quality about our union of spirit and body, during our mortal lives.

This disunity of spirit and body is solved by death – by the death of the biological body, followed by its re-making in a perfected form, from the surviving spirit. My assumption is that the process of resurrection is not possible until the spirit has experienced life ‘in’ a body – and only after this experience that is it possible to make a new, resurrected, perfect and therefore immortal body – using the experienced-spirit as a ‘template’.

In sum – the pre-mortal spirit cannot be a template for resurrection, because it lacks experience of incarnation; and only after incarnation (and this applies no matter how briefly incarnation is experienced – including those who die in the womb, or at birth). But after incarnation is experienced, the spirit is a suitable template for an eternal incarnation.

The temporary incarnation of mortal life makes the template for the permanent incarnation of immortality.

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April 20th, 2017 02:42:17

Just as Grim as It Should Be

April 19th, 2017 by G.

Via Rod Dreher

To interpret such visceral hatred, I now think it useful to focus on the revolution part of Sexual Revolution. We might look at previous political revolutions to get some idea of where we’re at as orthodox Christians. American historian Crane Brinton, in his The Anatomy of Revolution, was one of the first to analyze the stages a revolution goes through.

Revolutions are typically won by a coalition of political actors working together. Once victory is clear, there is often a brief “honeymoon period” where it seems to the victorious classes that anything is possible. For obvious reasons, this euphoria wears off quickly. Because it’s not long before those who backed the revolution realize that life goes on much as before: Utopia has not been established on earth. A growing malaise combines with the fact that the revolutionary leaders are used to living in battle mode, and thus comes the predictable next step. Moderates among the leadership are accused of not being radical enough in their policies–“We must not give in to these backsliders!”–a purge takes place, and the radicals take over. The ambient ardor left over from the initial revolution is then refocused on two new tasks: 1) ensuring ideological purity; 2) mopping up what remains of the defeated classes, who are depicted as all that stands in the way of Utopia’s final arrival. Thus begins the Terror. During this immediately post-revolutionary period, wholly new planks are often introduced into the ruling committee’s platform, typically of a more extremist nature than what was originally demanded in the revolution.

If we view the Sexual Revolution through this lens of past political revolution, it’s pretty clear where we are at present. The revolution has been won, sexual Utopia still hasn’t arrived (because, duh, it never can arrive) and the only thing that might keep our successful revolutionaries busy for the next decade is mopping up what remains of those who refused to drink the Rainbow Kool-Aid when it was first served–i.e. us orthodox religious people. Religious conservatives must be mopped up because, according to the logic, it is our mere existence that prevents Utopia’s final arrival.

-thus Eric Mader.

I find myself regretting the end of the end of history.

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April 19th, 2017 20:08:41

L’affaire North Korea

April 19th, 2017 by Bertie

Viz. these recent contretemps out Korea way, I will advance no observations, not being one of those brainy international affairs chappies who like nothing better than to roll up their sleeves and pitch in to an foreign entanglement before breakfast.  I did have some hopes that through the good offices of Jeeves and self, something could be done about the sartorial stylings of Kim-Jong Wassname, which cause strong men to wince.  But the dashed State Department flat refused.  Lack of vision, I expect, eh, what?

So now I come to the res, or gravamen, of my remarks.  Nork is fun to say.  Nork, nork, nork.  Its dashed lulzy and rather trips off the tongue.

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April 19th, 2017 06:43:21

Congratulatory Criticism

April 18th, 2017 by G.

There is something deeply difficult, deeply right, and deeply Mormon about being very pleased with what people are doing but encouraging them to do better still.

God bless all of you who are deeply engaged in this program. And if it isn’t quite up to par, bring it there, will you?—in every ward and branch and stake and mission. And let us come nearer to the accomplishment of what the Lord has given us to do.

-thus President Kimball.

I might say the same for all of you.  You can do better, but you guys are great.

Other Posts from the Welfare Session of the October 1975 General Conference

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April 18th, 2017 07:38:56

Bad Associations

April 17th, 2017 by G.

Three boys are singing in your church.  Ages 4-9.  The 4-year old is really belting.  Their song is called “Gethsemane,” and you are really enjoying it.  It has a folk/pop simplicity to it that fits the singers.  It involves a lot of repetition of the word Gethsemane.

But there is a niggling reminder of something else.  You work at it for a bit and finally you bring it up.

Stonehenge, by Spinal Tap.

You cram that association back into the bottle.

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April 17th, 2017 06:23:38

The Big Breath

April 16th, 2017 by G.

Consider an object–a corpse. The body of a dead man.

1. In one sense, it is utterly insignificant. It is so small. In its milieu, it is just one among many. Even in life, there was nothing about the construction of this body that made it stand out. And its milieu was just one small portion of the surface of its world, which surface was itself tiny in proportion to the actual earthy, airy, watery mass of the world, which is itself a flyspeck, a nothing, in proportion to the size of the sun that dominates the local area. But even the sun is nothing in comparison with the emptiness of the solar system. And the solar system is nothing in the galaxy, and the galaxy is nothing in the universe.

There is an emptiness called the universe. And within that emptiness, there are unimaginably tiny emptinesses called galaxies. Anything smaller than those smallest of objects are not just small–they might as well not exist.


Image result for empty universe


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April 16th, 2017 07:50:18

The Prince of Peace, and Competition

April 14th, 2017 by G.

Christ offers peace. This is a very attractive goal, and more attractive when one is hurt and poor and failing. But there are certain times and places when competition, striving after excellence, all that red-blooded fierce struggle for mastery also seems like a thing worth celebrating. From that standpoint, peace seems like stagnation, and final victory is akin to a final loss.

Me, I sympathize with those who want peace. But the gospel takes in everything good. I got a little insight into how recently.

Monopolies are bad because they stagnate. They are inefficient and get more inefficient over time because the hard choices need not be made.

Yet Peter Thiel said that the natural goal of every new business is to become a monopoly.

It occurs to me that monopoly is not inherently inefficient or inherently stagnant. They are in real life, because our limitations and weakness mean that in some ways and along certain vectors we will only rise to higher things if necessity, booted and spurred, is riding us. But the sufficiently wise, the sufficiently virtuous, could function in monopoly.

That is what Christ offers us. Not peace as we are. Not the peace of damnation. But the peace of what we may become, the endless abounding peace that distills like dew from the heavens. He won it through struggle, and in a much lesser way, so must we. But struggle is not the goal. “And would that I might not drink the cup.”

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April 14th, 2017 06:49:38

Supernova and the Economy

April 13th, 2017 by Zen

As a star (of sufficient size) burns its nuclear fuel, it fights against contraction from gravity without, by pressure from the nuclear reactions within. But when the hydrogen in the core runs out, the star contracts until it is hot enough to burn helium. Once the helium is gone, it contracts more, until it can burn the next available element.

I have been doing some thinking about what makes a nation, or society of nations, fragile. I posted recently about the collapse that destroyed the very powerful nations of the Bronze Age, and left them with Dark Ages. And I have been wondering why we are headed in the same direction. Why is it that Americans have lost their mojo?   1

I think the problem is productivity. I can see a few of you have (Vulcan-like) raised an eyebrow in abject shock, but let me explain.


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April 13th, 2017 23:45:34

Pearce v. Society of Sisters

April 13th, 2017 by G.

I have a suggestion for the Committee.

It started out as a simple suggestion that the holdings of Pearce v. Society of Sisters, Meyer v. Nebraska, and so on be incorporated into a statement of parental rights as against the state.

But it occurred to me that this was just an instance of a more general case. For a long time, judicial supremacy and the difficulty of amending the Constitution has made court cases a de facto method of amendment. The Committee has done sterling work in correcting this problem going forward. They have also incorporated version changes that undo some of the more egregious judicial amendments. Some, but not all. This process needs to be systematized. Either the committee needs to release a technical appendix that lists every major case since the 1.0 version of the Constitution, or else there needs to be some kind of process of reviewing them. Maybe the slate is simply wiped clean. No prior constitutional case is precedential any more. Or maybe Congress is required to have an up or down vote on each case, no debate allowed, that determines whether it will have the status of precedent or not.

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April 13th, 2017 07:00:06


April 13th, 2017 by G.

Tonight, Jesus went into a garden and took on alone the burden of the sins and sorrows of the world.

Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook

And this is the unshakeable claim of his Lordship over us, and the seal of his eternal greatness, and the blazing light of his glory. By being the servant of all, he made known that he was the greatest among us.

He shall deliver up the kingdom, and present it unto the Father, spotless, saying: I have overcome and have trodden the wine-press alone, even the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God.

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April 13th, 2017 06:41:27

Beauty Everywhere

April 12th, 2017 by G.

You find yourself driving on a nearly featureless, nearly uninhabited plain, with nearly no vegetation. What beauty can there be?

There can be a red sunrise, red like fire, behind you. And in front of you the full moon, bigger than life, sitting on the horizon.

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April 12th, 2017 06:48:11

Signalling All the Way Down

April 12th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

On the exotic fringes of the intellectual right, there are monarchists and all sorts of things. Well, guys, its been a good run, and I’m sorry to say that I am about to launch the killer meme that will eliminate your movement.

Imagine there’s a king. Now imagine, as surely they will, all the social justice warriors and grubby little careerists have simply transferred their virtue signalling from Progress to royalty. (more…)

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April 12th, 2017 06:40:27

Easter & Isaiah 53

April 11th, 2017 by Zen

My wife, who is a former Catholic, complained to me that we don’t do as much for Holy Week as we should. And I have to say, I think she is right. But rather than complain to the Brethren, I think any change on this, ought to start with the members. So, let us remember and worship this season with greater fervor.

In line with that, I share with you, chapter 53 of my Isaiah translation. It makes things clearer to me, and I hope it helps you as well. Of course, the actual text has greater depth, but there is nothing wrong with some training wheels to get you started!


Isaiah: Chapter 53

1 Who believes the prophets? And who has seen the power of God in their lives?

2 The Messiah will grow in the knowledge of God, like a tender plant in a dry, barren desert. He didn’t look impressive. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance. His appearance is not attractive.

3 He is despised and rejected by mankind. He is familiar with pain and suffering. He is excluded from popular company and is ignored.

4 He took up our pain and sickness, and it was he that bore our suffering but we assumed his problems were his own fault, and were a punishment for his own sins. (more…)

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April 11th, 2017 09:46:45