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Repenting through Christ

March 10th, 2015 by G.

Bruce Charlton is thinking deeply about the Atonement. He is working out alternatives to the customary belief that Christ took on the punitive consequences of sin for us and to the customary liberal notion that the atonement was fundamentally an act of symbolic engineering to excise our retrograde belief in sin and guilt. Charlton thinks he’s found one. (more…)

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March 10th, 2015 10:56:59

I Am a Failure, Calloo, Callay!

March 10th, 2015 by G.

Bruce Charlton has a wonderful post on the paradox of Christianity–how Christ converts the news that we are sinful failures into good news, because it means we are destined for something better than our current selves.

 

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March 10th, 2015 09:39:29

New is Old

March 09th, 2015 by G.

Last week I was talking to a classical guitarist in a clinic waiting room.  He was there, I suppose, to create a calm and healing atmosphere for the patients.  But between songs, we talked.

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March 09th, 2015 08:31:44

Temple Temptations

February 03rd, 2015 by G.

There’s something going on with the story of Christ’s temptations in the Wilderness.

The story is natural for symbolic or ritual readings, since it has fantastic elements like Christ fasting for a biologically impossible but symbolically important number of days, or a mountain from which one can se the whole world, and since it starts Christ’s ministry.

But when you read the story that way, there is something odd going on in it. (more…)

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February 03rd, 2015 07:44:02

As Terrible as an Army with Banners

December 22nd, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life (more…)

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December 22nd, 2014 09:30:09

Peace

December 21st, 2014 by Vader

Our ward had its Christmas program today in Sacrament Meeting.

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December 21st, 2014 23:50:27

The Session of Christ

November 28th, 2014 by Vader

I’m not sure why I’m growing to like this painting so much.

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Sometimes art just hits you the right way.

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November 28th, 2014 18:58:22

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper

October 06th, 2014 by Vader

As it was in the beginning, is now, and forever.   (more…)

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October 06th, 2014 12:10:59

The Power to Hurt God

October 01st, 2014 by G.

Bruce Charlton has written an essay that I regard as an instant classic. It treats what Mormonism reveals about the true depths and temptations of evil. It is the best kind of theology: deep without being difficult–fundamental–plain–simple. (more…)

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October 01st, 2014 09:36:50

Rising to the challenge

July 27th, 2014 by Vader

[Regular readers know I try to derive sophomoric humor from taking on the character of a lumbering seven-foot-tall asthmatic-villain-American who dresses in black plastic armor and has medical issues. (more…)

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July 27th, 2014 18:45:10

Easter Week

April 18th, 2014 by G.

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April 18th, 2014 10:39:14

Dysfunction à l’Anglais

February 22nd, 2014 by Vader

With echoes of Thomas Hobbes.     (more…)

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February 22nd, 2014 12:45:02

Korihor and Terryl Givens vs. the Mormon Doctrine of Original Sin

February 17th, 2012 by G.

Why is it Korihor who preached against original sin? (more…)

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February 17th, 2012 12:59:43

The body of Jesus Christ is the eternal image of all bodies, spiritual and physical alike.

January 20th, 2012 by G.

I’ve sometimes had the weird experience of learning new truths about the gospel from an outsider. (more…)

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January 20th, 2012 17:10:19

God directs woman in S.C. to go to Romney.

January 15th, 2012 by Bookslinger

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January 15th, 2012 22:04:57