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Equality Means Conflict

August 28th, 2015 by G.

“If Men were Angels, No Government would be Necessary”

-thus James Madison


-thus John Finnis

John Finnis is right. Even angels, he says, would need to pick which side of the road to drive on. (more…)

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August 28th, 2015 09:04:12

Be Wise as Serpents

August 28th, 2015 by Zen

I think that, in the age of hyper-partisanship and preemptive balkanization, it is especially important to try to understand eachother, even those who chose very wrongly.

So why do so many hold to tightly to abortion, even in the face of gruesome scandals? For a great many, if not most, women, it is because their self-image is single and corporate. And to have a child, is a kind of death of self. And if they give birth and give it up for adoption, then they have died AND they are bad mothers. So abortion is a kind of self-defense, in their minds.

In other words, what might be the single most important thing, is to get our daughters to see themselves as mothers, and to not resent it.

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August 28th, 2015 05:23:49

The Parable of the Laborers

August 27th, 2015 by G.

We usually think the Parable of the Laborers is about repentance.  11th  hour repentance and all that.  It isn’t. (more…)

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August 27th, 2015 07:47:42

What is the (psycho-social) function of the Temple?

August 27th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

My general impression is that the Temple functions to sustain – as a living reality – the eternal perspective in general; and the living reality of post-mortal existence in particular.

And the desperate need for this (in the context of mass media secular modernity) is one important reason why there has been such a vigorous programme of Temple building etc. over the past generation


(Note: I say this as someone who knows of the Temple only what the CJCLDS chooses to reveal to outsiders. I have made no attempt to pseudo-discover more about what goes on in the Temple.)

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August 27th, 2015 02:40:30

Angina Monologue 18

August 24th, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty has been awfully quiet lately, but I could feeeeel the sourness swelling within him.


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August 24th, 2015 04:10:07

Easy, Natural Leadership

August 21st, 2015 by G.

While formal equality just means fighting and conflict in practice,  stable authority can lead to practical informal equality.  Call it “peerage.”  Peerage is one of the sweetest states of human existence.  In fact, one might say that it is the ultimately reality of all existence.  It is the nature of the Godhead.

So it’s worth considering why stable authority doesn’t always lead to peerage. (more…)

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August 21st, 2015 10:49:56

Led by the Priesthood

August 20th, 2015 by John Mansfield

One of the hard teachings of the LDS church is that God will accommodate the weaknesses of his people. One standard example of this is Samuel ordaining Saul as king for Israel, and another is that the higher priesthood was withdrawn with Moses, leaving ministry only through the Aaronic priesthood. One can imagine being taught the gospel by the ancient apostles, embracing it and teaching it to one’s children, but ultimately unable to pass the blessings of the priesthood on to further posterity, not because of any lack of desire or seeking for them, but because the priesthood has been withdrawn from the earth until times of restoration.

This pattern allows one to fully accept the authority of the LDS church’s president to enact changes in the church’s ministry, and to believe him a prophet acting as God has directed him, and to still wonder if a given change is a good change, a further unrolling of gospel fullness, or a necessary change due to the latter-day saints’ weakness in a fallen world, much to be lamented as we correctly submit to it.

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August 20th, 2015 13:09:08

Mean Girls and the Great and Spacious Building

August 20th, 2015 by G.

Mean girls bully everyone else to keep themselves on top.  So do mean guys.  I’m reading right now about the Barbarossa brothers in the Western Mediterranean.  They were more or less pirate kings.  Being pirate kings, they had no security.  Continued cruel atrocities kept themselves on top.

We can see that in the scriptures.  The great and spacious building runs on mean girl power.


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August 20th, 2015 10:30:34

The Companionship of the Holy Ghost

August 18th, 2015 by G.

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August 18th, 2015 07:49:10

The ‘paradoxical’ belief that the CJCLDS is good, but based on a fraud

August 17th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

When Mormonism came out, it would have been easy and natural to assume it was a fraud. Because, if the facts of its origin are known and the implications understood – it seems like Mormonism either has to be true or a fraud.

(Bearing in mind that ‘true’ does not mean, cannot mean, and never has in any circumstances meant something-like ‘correct in every microscopic detail when each is detached and examined separately’. True means true-overall.)

But 185 years down the line Mormonism does not look anything like a fraud, quite the opposite.  (more…)

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August 17th, 2015 03:53:07

Younger = Gayer. More on Margin Creep.

August 16th, 2015 by Bookslinger

The margins have already begun to creep.   The article illustrates points that I’ve made in comments here and at Millennialstar.org. Especially how the changes start in the younger age cohorts and accelerate with each upcoming age group. (more…)

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August 16th, 2015 20:00:54

Why does the Mormon church insist on good behaviour from all members?

August 14th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

The average of behaviour is higher among Mormons than among the large Christian denominations. I wonder whether this may be related to the fact that nearly all Mormon men are Priests? (more…)

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August 14th, 2015 06:45:20

Sex is Synecdoche

August 13th, 2015 by G.

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August 13th, 2015 11:58:42

Too Proud to Play

August 12th, 2015 by G.

Elders’ Quorum this Sunday was Ezra Taft Benson on pride. He didn’t offer just one definition of pride. He offered several. Too big of a sin for soundbites. (more…)

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August 12th, 2015 09:30:19

In Defense of Truth

August 10th, 2015 by G.

My wife and I were at the temple in New Zealand where, since I was now an elder, we could be sealed. In the temple, where we stayed for a week, one of the veteran temple workers approached me. “You’re a journalist, aren’t you?” he asked. The question surprised me because I wasn’t aware I had mentioned that to anyone. He then directed me, rather forcefully, to listen very carefully to the language of the male initiatory ordinance that had to do with defending truth. I won’t mention them here, but I think of those words every time I do initiatory ordinances.


-thus Michael Otterson, Church PA director.


Like friend of the JG T. Greer said, read the whole thing. (more…)

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