What is remarkable is that Caplan is an atheist.
“[W]hat defines the [Mormon] religion is not orthodoxy or even orthopraxy but ortho-relationality, correct relationship with God. The idea is that one can have the correct–or at least distinctively Mormon– relationship with God independent of even a pretty basic consensus belief on what sort of Being He actually is.”
Patriarchy is the theory that men should be the primary bearers of risks. Risk of death or injury, risk of bankruptcy and failure. In marriage the wife shares much of the risk, but even then the risk is disproportioned. If a man dies his family’s prospects will be badly damaged, but they will at least still be alive. If a man fails at business, his whole family shares his poverty, but only a part of his shame. (more…)
Thus Kevin D. Williamson.
His Majesty: “Whatever became of ‘legal, safe, and rare’, anyway?”
Kids just don’t listen. I’ve told her over and over that it was all Tarkin’s fault, that the man was insane, but she just doesn’t want to hear it.
Mrs. MC: Did you tell our son that he could head-butt Jerome [a boy in his preschool class]?
Mrs. MC: Why does he think you told him that? (more…)
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As Man is, God once was.
As God is, Man may be.
There is lots of scriptural support for the second half of Lorenzo Snow’s couplet. There is little support for the first half, the way President Snow meant it.
There are alternate meanings, though. The couplet is quasi-scriptural. Scripture usually has more than one layer of meaning. (more…)
Real communities involve extended networks of trust and goodwill. Fake communities have regulations, fees, subsidies, and checklists.
My younger kids made a nativity set for me.
It goes without saying that there’s Joseph on the left, Mary on the right, the swaddled Infant Jesus in the center, and a lamb poking its head in at the bottom. Not pictured: a second Infant Jesus they made for the set, for reasons best known to themselves. (more…)
Bruce Charlton had a very interesting insight into the Mormon belief that God the Father literally begot our spirits in some way:
It is by being children of God that we enter relationship with Him (and Mother in Heaven) – this makes us siblings in a divine family; then by being born to a human father and mother we are related in overlapping human families (which are intended to persist eternally). I think this corresponds to the two great commandments – …thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Those words would be as good an answer as I could give to the question originally addressed to Conan the Barbarian: “What is best in life?”
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I have a big, green lawn that wraps around the house. I just finished scattering gypsum and reseeding a few bare patches. That’s my lawncare routine: fertilizer once or twice a year, gypsum once or twice a year, pull dandelions, maybe spray for dandelions when my dander gets up, and reseed occasionally. My kids mow it (high), and I water well. This is not a demanding routine. But it seems to work. My lawn isn’t manicured but it is cool and soft and looks inviting.
Lawns have a bad rap. They take up too much time, they take up too much space, they take up too much water. Water, I don’t think people should care about. Water is a renewable resource. Dearth of water in any one area is just a technical and political problem.
Lawns do take up some time and space. But so do kids. If kids are what your lawn is for, it takes away the problem. (more…)
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