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Angina Monologue 21

September 03rd, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty has continued to ruminate on crime and punishment.


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September 03rd, 2015 03:25:12

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

D&C 10:28

April 07th, 2015 by Ask a Liberal Mormon

The scriptures may have been fine in their day. Previous generations were, after all, more primitive than us, and needed more childlike instruction. Besides, their cultural prejudices could not be overcome all at once, and those prejudices permeate the scriptures.

But it would be foolish to think these scriptures have much to say to the modern world.

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April 07th, 2015 13:59:17


January 23rd, 2015 by MC

A few nights ago, in the sleepy haze that follows nightly prayer but precedes full unconsciousness, Mrs. MC and I discussed how we discipline our kids, what we might change, etc. Nowadays, no right-thinking parent ever defends corporal punishment, even if they sometimes practice it. It’s time outs, privileges withheld, that’s it.  (more…)

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January 23rd, 2015 02:02:03

Power is Godly

July 07th, 2014 by G.

O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee?

Psalms 89:8


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July 07th, 2014 12:16:56

Poetic Justice

February 10th, 2014 by Vader

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February 10th, 2014 15:22:34

“Hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you”

June 17th, 2013 by Vader

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June 17th, 2013 11:44:21

On Justice and Mercy.

June 11th, 2013 by Bookslinger

Worth repeating: a comment by Silver Rain:


Justice isn’t ours. In fact, the very essence of forgiveness is handing our need for justice over to the Lord. Just as the Savior atoned for our sins and errors, He also atoned for the sins and errors of others. If we truly trust Him, we will find a way to allow Him to repay us whatever others owe us. Rather than expecting the Church to exact justice, which will only extend the misery this man has inflicted on your friend, taking advantage of the Atonement will free your friend from the shackles of this man’s sin. […]

If there are Church courts where justice is being exacted, I submit the men ministering those courts do not understand their purpose. Excommunication and disfellowshipping are not exacted under the law of justice, but of mercy. If people are not keeping the covenants they made, it is mercy which requires they be released from those covenants until and unless they have repented to the point where they are prepared to make them again.

Excommunication and disfellowshipping may feel like punishment (or justice, depending on perspective) but that is not their purpose. In my understanding, courts are instructed to refrain from exacting those consequences unless the Spirit confirms it is necessary for the individual to truly repent.

As far as watching an ex-spouse be sealed in the temple when an individual cannot, I can certainly understand the pain that would cause. But that loops back to trusting Jesus Christ, Alpha and Omega, to exact the amount of justice necessary and no more or no less. Demanding He judge in a certain way means that you do no[t] truly trust His wisdom and love for the perpetrator AND FOR YOU. I have full confidence that if my ex is ever welcomed back into the family of God, it will only be once he acknowledges the damage he has done and repented for it. Who can justly ask for more than that? My ex cannot undo the pain he has caused me, nor the damage he has done to my life. But that isn’t his job, even though he was the one who committed the sin in the first place. It is the Savior’s job, and I rely on Him to “pay” me what I am owed: to make it all right again.

Fortunately for us, the Savior rarely simply pays us back. In my experience, when He pays someone’s debts for them, it comes with more interest than I would have ever thought to ask for.

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June 11th, 2013 09:45:56

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

There is a very serious omission

January 22nd, 2013 by Vader

From this otherwise fine* article.


*Well, the language gets a bit rough at times. Be forewarned.


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January 22nd, 2013 10:45:19

He chose poorly

December 20th, 2012 by Vader

In late December 2006, an eighty-five-year-old man left his favorite restaurant and headed for his parked car. (more…)

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December 20th, 2012 21:05:53

The quality of mercy

December 20th, 2012 by Vader

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December 20th, 2012 10:23:52

12 Unjust Men

August 03rd, 2012 by G.

I’ve always believed this. 12 Angry Men is unwittingly a movie about how 12 jurors’ weak will and self-congratulatory image-making lets a murderer go free. Jury duty is not narrative, its not the enactment of a myth, its a civic job. Though to be fair, when actual criminal jurors fail to be tough-minded, it needn’t be in favor of the defendant.

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August 03rd, 2012 06:36:01

Capital punishment

April 24th, 2012 by Vader

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April 24th, 2012 11:49:27

Making the punishment fit the crime

January 03rd, 2012 by Vader

I doff my helmet in admiration of Judge William Mahon.

And that’s no (more…)

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January 03rd, 2012 14:42:55