Junior Ganymede
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Let Him Who is Filthy, Be Filthy Still

June 22nd, 2015 by G.

The tragic vision of Mormon Christianity has four dimensions.

The first tragedy is that growth can only come through suffering and death.

The second tragedy is that free will means people can choose with finality to reject God and damn themselves.

The third tragedy is the tragedy that those we love can only grow through suffering and death and sometimes choose not to grow. Love holds us hostage to them, and it has to, or else it wouldn’t be love.

The fourth tragedy is that people miss out on growth that they are capable of, because they refuse to take the steps that would get them there. And perhaps nothing can be done about this.

 

That fourth tragedy deserves a little explanation. (more…)

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June 22nd, 2015 12:00:50

Perfect Justice, Infinite Mercy

June 16th, 2015 by G.

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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.

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June 16th, 2015 11:09:52

Progress Between Kingdoms

June 11th, 2015 by G.

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Progress between kingdoms of glory is one of the perennial Mormon debates. Not because it is of primary importance. Not because it’s widespread. But among the minority of Mormons who like to try and extrapolate from the gospel, it’s one of those things that come up. It is a mostly theoretical question, though it could have some practical bearing if one were to accept an doctrine of easy progress between the degrees of glory and so shrug the importance of this life. It could also have some practical bearing if a doctrine of stern barriers between kingdoms were presented in a way that made God seem less than loving and wise. To the extent people get worked up when they argue about this, it is probably because they are concerned about one extreme or the other.

I recently was asked to address an investigator’s concerns about the subject. Here is what I wrote: (more…)

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June 11th, 2015 05:44:08

Progress and Perfection Reconciled

September 26th, 2014 by G.

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Peace like a river. (more…)

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September 26th, 2014 12:05:41

Satan’s Plan and God’s Distance

March 11th, 2014 by G.

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The concept of glory is all over the scriptures. Glory is mentioned over 600 times in the scriptures, honor is mentioned nearly 200 times, and related concepts like praise and worship and worthiness are also hit pretty hard. (more…)

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March 11th, 2014 08:17:06

An Apologetic for the Three Degrees of Glory

February 28th, 2014 by G.

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The Three Degrees of Glory is one of those Mormon doctrines that at first glance seems random and maybe kinda trivial.

Not so. (more…)

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February 28th, 2014 10:15:21

Remembering Something with Perfect Fidelity

February 23rd, 2014 by G.

Bruce Charlton’s commenter Arakawa has derived his own version of the amphibious synthesis of time and eternity. (more…)

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February 23rd, 2014 21:11:12

Perfect Justice and Infinite Mercy

April 12th, 2013 by G.

Elder Christofferson preached Sunday 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. (more…)

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April 12th, 2013 09:52:53

Can the LDS Enjoy Rogues and Anti-Heroes in Fiction?

August 19th, 2011 by G.

Rogues are fun to read about. Richard Sharpe, Mr. Wickham, Flashman, the various demi-monde detectives, the “heist” genre (works like Ocean’s 11 and the Dortmunder novels), the Gray Mouser, Falstaff, even, say, the Duke and the Dauphin, they have all attracted a wide and avid public. Yours truly being part of it. Yours truly is also a Mormon, with a commitment to order and virtue being at the very beating heart of things.

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