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…)
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.
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.
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…)
On the sweetness of Mormon life (more…)
Our ward had its Christmas program today in Sacrament Meeting.
I’m not sure why I’m growing to like this painting so much.
Sometimes art just hits you the right way.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and forever. (more…)
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…)
[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…)
I’ve sometimes had the weird experience of learning new truths about the gospel from an outsider. (more…)
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