His Majesty dropped a totally random aphorism into the middle of the conversation.
If the self is a delusion, who is it that is being deluded?
Why do they keep trying to persuade me to freely decide I have no free will?
Who you gonna believe, the world or your lyin’ eyes? (more…)
When Wilford Woodruff was the 4th President of the church, he had a curious experience in the temple. He wrote in his journal,
Two weeks before I left St. George, the spirits of the dead gathered around me, wanting to know why we did not redeem them. Said they, “You have had the use of the Endowment House for a number of years, and yet nothing has ever been done for us. We laid the foundation of the government you now enjoy, and we never apostatized from it, but we remained true to it and were faithful to God.
Everyone of those men that signed the Declaration of Independence, with General Washington, called upon me as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Temple at St. George, two consecutive nights, and demanded at my hands that I should go forth and attend to the ordinances of the House of God for them.
I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon Brother McCallister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other eminent men, making one hundred in all, including John Wesley, Columbus, and others.
When Brother McAllister had baptized me for the 100 names I baptized him for 21, including General Washington and his forefathers and all the Presidents of the United States–except three. Sister Lucy Bigelow Young went forth into the font and was baptized for Martha Washington and her family and 70 of the ‘eminent women’ of the world.
After politics, the most prominent and frequent occupation of these eminent men and women, was artist, usually as author, though there were also actresses,a playwright, painters, a sculptor and singers.
This included people such as Goethe, Washington Irving, Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austin, Charlotte Bronte, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning among many others. Here is a list by occupation.
This is what came to mind, as I read an article today about how the culture war about marriage has been lost. Movies and other media emphasize the exciting single life, with few exceptions. For instance,
According to a former editor of Marvel Comics, one reason why the graphic novel has nearly universally eschewed marriage is that it “kills a good story.” Whatever could be exciting about Clark Kent if he were to remain married to Lois Lane? Not much, apparently, because DC Comics erased the 1996 marriage from history, returning Superman to bachelorhood, the preferred state of our superheroes.
This affects how we think of life, and what we can relate to. This is a significant reason why homosexuality has entered the mainstream, as same-sex marriage is now as well. If I had the money to change the world, I would commission a TV show. Or possibly one on Youtube. It would have excitement and passion, life and death, love found and love lost… and it would have families. Happy marriages. It would have people keeping the commandments and others not, but with the consequences of a broken law. It would help people see a better, higher way of life.
This is outrageous. It is probably the worst thing I read all year. Some activists who wanted to end the death penalty coerced an innocent man into confessing to murder. They succeeded too. Read the details, they’re pretty bad. They got an actor to pretend to be a witness. They impersonated law enforcement. They got one of them pretend to be the innocent guy’s lawyer. It’s really horrible. But nobody knows about it. The activists get off mostly scot-free. The big public battle they won won’t get changed; no one will even hear about it. (more…)
Dr. Bruce Charlton, a very Mormon-friendly Mere Christian, is wanting insight from Mormons into the Word of Wisdom. He’d welcome your comments here.
From Harpo Marx’s autobiography, regarding his New York City pals:
They had changed along with the times. Seven or eight years ago we would have wound up an all-night party in Aleck’s apartment arguing about croquet or the stock market, or making up wild puns and nasty menus. Now we wound up talking (they did, I mean—I still listened) about the NRA, the CCC, FDR’s last Fireside Chat, and Fiorello La Guardia, the new mayor of New York. Sooner or later Adolf Hitler entered every conversation, which killed it, and everybody went home wrapped up in his own depressing thoughts.
Our sixth daughter was just born. The labor pains came and went over the last two weeks, so we were in and out of the hospital more than once. (more…)
Charlton has a useful essay about gossip. He suggests that it is partly a perversion of the virtue of judgment, and is particularly dangerous because it is one of those sins that make people feel righteous while they’re doing it.
Obviously malicious gossip is – sooner or later – sickening for decent people, they feel disgust for themselves and others. Moralistic gossip is the worst kind of gossip, people hatred, spite and malice are disguised.
“Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. And that’s not a choice we want Americans to make.”
Thus, Barack Hussein Obama.
Definition of Satan’s henchmen from John C. Wright:
“The Progressives in their smirking self-righteous piety and grotesque self-imposed ignorance are henchmen of the devil. Some know it, most do not. They stand between a woman and her human nature, her happiness, her children, and they speak the selfsame lie. The source of your happiness is the barrier to happiness. Destroy the source of your happiness, toss happiness aside, and you will be happy.”
Mr Wright was agreeing with David Warren.
I recommend reading both Wright’s and Warren’s linked articles to get the full picture.
Theological refinement is the kind of progress that results in organizational bankruptcy
Doctrine often seems to become accommodated and secularized whenever it is delivered into the control of intellectuals
— Thus Finke and Stark, via Ivan W. at Millenial Star