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The Trickster God

September 12th, 2016 by MC

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The story of Adam and Eve, Mormonly understood, makes a mockery of the idea of salvation under the Law.

The standard Christian view is that Adam and Eve were given a strict commandment not to eat the fruit, the Serpent tricked them into eating it, so God in his anger cast them out of Eden. The Mormon view is that Adam and Eve were given two commandments which could not both be fulfilled, so one (don’t eat the fruit), had to give way to the higher one (multiply and replenish the Earth). Adam fell that men might be.

Elder Oaks explained, more clearly than I can ever hope to, the Mormon belief that what Adam and Eve did was a “transgression,” not a “sin”:

For reasons that have not been revealed, this transition, or “fall,” could not happen without a transgression—an exercise of moral agency amounting to a willful breaking of a law (see Moses 6:59). This would be a planned offense, a formality to serve an eternal purpose.

The obvious theological objection to our doctrine would be: “God is perfect and perfectly just, so why would he give a commandment knowing that it could not be fulfilled? How is that fair?” As Elder Oaks says, the need for such a transgression has never been fully explained, and I admit that this one used to bug me a little when I was younger. Eventually I shrugged it off; it was a one-off deal, so why think too hard about it?

Then I served a mission, got married, had kids, and realized that God gives impossible commandments all the time. (more…)

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September 12th, 2016 07:01:23

The difference between lawyers and law professors

May 21st, 2015 by Vader

Some law professors’ views on how a court is likely to rule on an issue are untainted by exposure to actual courts.

–Thus Ken White

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May 21st, 2015 11:33:54

Revolt Against Reality

March 19th, 2014 by G.

The dislike of moral law and positive law is the leading edge of our antinomian age: this is where the attack on law begins. But the beating heart of the zeitgeist is the hatred of the ultimate law: modern antinomianism is fundamentally the hatred of Reality.

Reality, What Is, The Way Things Are—this is the ultimate law, the final constraint.

-from the Crunchy Notes blog.

That’s the root of Satan’s misery and evil, in my opinion. He’s trying to fight what is.

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March 19th, 2014 14:26:20

Rainbows and ponies

August 29th, 2013 by Vader

All we need for a perfect world is to pass the right laws.

It’s the Progressive version of millenarianism. With SCOTUS in place of Christ.

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August 29th, 2013 11:30:49

Who brought down the World Trade Center?

July 16th, 2013 by Vader

American Airlines.

His Majesty: “I look forward to the countersuit by American Airlines against the owners of the World Trade Center for hitting their aircraft with a skyscraper.”

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July 16th, 2013 09:12:14

Civility

July 13th, 2013 by Vader

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July 13th, 2013 11:19:52

“Is that … legal?

May 22nd, 2013 by Vader

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May 22nd, 2013 08:51:50

Professionalism

February 04th, 2013 by Vader

His Majesty and I recently sat down with a financial planner to review His Majesty’s retirement plan.      (more…)

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February 04th, 2013 12:01:26

“An activity engaged in by consenting adults in private”

January 28th, 2013 by Vader

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January 28th, 2013 11:43:17

Germany reverting to form

June 26th, 2012 by Vader

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June 26th, 2012 12:05:27

T’aint just contraception

February 17th, 2012 by Vader

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February 17th, 2012 14:27:09

Once again, Asians outperform whites

February 13th, 2012 by Vader

They’re now even more likely than whites to be victims of affirmative action when applying to medical schools.

An Asian student typically has about a third the chance of being accepted as a black student with comparable test scores and GPA.

His Majesty: “Two wrongs don’t make a right. Eight-year-olds understand that, but it’s beyond the comprehension of much of the American intellectual class.” His Majesty has little patience with lawyers, and is of the opinion that any legal doctrine that can’t be explained to the satisfaction of a fairly bright youngster in fifteen minutes isn’t worth the ink and paper it’s recorded with.

I suggested to His Majesty that lex talionis actually makes fundamental, eight-year-old sense, too. He just snorted and asked me how many Asians had ancestors who owned black slaves.

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February 13th, 2012 12:10:04

An Appreciation of Justice Clarence Thomas

October 21st, 2011 by G.

Justice Thomas is a jurist in full. As a lawyer I admire his understanding of the law. But though I disagree with his constitutional interpretations on many things–the Confrontation Clause, sentencing fact-finding, the right to anonymity–I look to him most as an examplar of fidelity to the oath he and I have both taken to the Constitution. God speed his pen.

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October 21st, 2011 08:38:50

What is Marriage?

December 08th, 2010 by G.

A law journal paper by Robert George, etc. If this is the sort of thing you like, this is the sort of thing you will really, really like.

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December 08th, 2010 12:19:47

Bar exam

July 27th, 2009 by GST

Its tomorrow.  You are doomed.

It's tomorrow. You are doomed.

There is no upside to the bar exam–if you pass, well, that’s what everyone expected you to do.  And you just borrowed $120,000 (not dischargeable in bankruptcy) to pay for a degree that will be useless without passing the bar.  So failure isn’t really an option.

Can I share a few bar exam stories?

If you are taking the exam tomorrow, stop reading here.  Seriously.

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July 27th, 2009 17:17:59