A Fathers’ Day classic
One of the most important and fruitful branches of higher mathematics is group theory. And one of the most fruitful branches of group theory is the theory of Lie groups and the associated symmetries.
Thomas Traherne (1636-74) was an English Christian ‘mystical’ writer, whose prose is of unsurpassed beauty (not just my opinion – but this is what CS Lewis said; who had perhaps read more English prose than anyone of his generation).
Traherne – specifically in his prose-poems ‘Centuries of Meditations’ – might be exceptionally appealing and valuable to Mormons.
Appealing because the strongest theme for the reader, the subject of his most incandescent and memorable writing, is the natural innocence and holiness of childhood: a theme which was heretical in the Anglicanism of Traherne’s era, but which fits exactly with Mormon theology.
And valuable, in perhaps encouraging the enormous latent possibilities for Mormon ‘mystical’ writing about the everyday.
In a nutshell, Traherne could be regarded the apotheosis of the Junior Ganymede tag: On the sweetness of Mormon life!
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The illustration is by William Arkle and can be found at:
On wounded feet, He stands triumphant over death. With pierced palms and scarred wrists, He holds out unending grace.
-thus Jeffrey R. Holland
God is within us as well as without us: He is within us, built-into us, because we are His children.
(A mortal analogy would be that every child contains his parents’ DNA – thus, each of us contains ‘God’s DNA’.)
Perhaps this fact is neglected in our spiritual lives? (more…)
I once decided to memorize a few poems. Probably as an affectation. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Those poems are treasures.
It’s not just poems. Scriptures, speeches, quotations, mnemonics–memory is fun.
Elder Christofferson once preached that the aim of the gospel is to draw down “perfect justice and infinite mercy” from heaven. The phrase stuck with me. Perfect justice and infinite mercy. Infinite mercy, sure. But who among us struts so cockily that he wants perfect justice? Who among the wise can know that he is more sinned against than sinning? None.
But the truly wise know that justice is joyful.
No profession is as far to the right as Hollywood, the media, Silicon Valley, and the academy are hard to the left. I am shocked, shocked.
When people are actually doing metaphysics, but suppose they are providing evidence (with reference to Rupert Sheldrake and Joseph Smith)
I have become very focused on metaphysics in recent years; and one result has been to recognize that a lot of people imagine that they are providing evidence for their metaphysical views – when in fact they are instead demonstrating their metaphysics ‘in action’.
For example, Rupert Sheldrake is usually regarded as an unorthodox or fringe scientist; and his books are full of evidence (observations, experiments etc) which are apparently intended to lead the reader to conclude that Sheldrake’s ideas of Morphic Fields and Morphic Resonance are necessary to explain the findings.
In reality, Sheldrake is doing philosophy – specifically metaphysics – not science (not even unorthodox science), as I explain here: (more…)