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Freedom to Be Who You Are

August 21st, 2014 by G.

Aristotle says something interesting about divine free will in Metaphysics (lest you set to much stock by my store of learning, I’m including the full C.S. Lewis text I got it from):

In Metaphysics we learn that the organization of the universe resembles that of a household, in which ‘no one has so little chance to act at random as the free members. For them everything or almost everything proceeds according to a fixed plan.’

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August 21st, 2014 10:29:45

Happiness is Joy and Sorrow

August 18th, 2014 by G.

Happiness consists of joy and sorrow, while unhappiness consists of pleasure and misery.

-thus H.P.D. Vader

If there is such thing as a gospel aphorism, this would be it, or if Blake wrote Proverbs of Heaven, this would be in it.

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August 18th, 2014 07:59:18

The Excuses of the Priests of Pharaoh

August 14th, 2014 by Zen

When Moses began laying heavy plagues on Egypt, the priests of Pharaoh were able to explain it away, at least at first. This is seen in the Book of Mormon where people begin to explain away the prophecies, as mere guesses. Similarly, we are told that when Christ comes, the sign of his coming will be explained away as merely a comet, planet, etc. This is often seen with respect to miracles and curses.

I never expected to see that excuse making in myself. (more…)

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August 14th, 2014 13:26:10

Fake it Till You Make It, Temple Edition

August 14th, 2014 by G.

Forked TongueIn the sacred origin myth, when Satan shows up, the deceit begins. (more…)

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August 14th, 2014 11:13:18

No Pity in Heaven

August 12th, 2014 by G.

The Great Divorce is a great story. It is not a perfect story. I’m thinking here of the episode of the Dwarf and the Tragedian. Short summary: there is a sinner who uses other people’s pity to manipulate them. His wife descends from Heaven to tell him to repent and be saved. In the process we learn that she doesn’t feel sorry for him any more. She doesn’t even feel sad that he’s damned. In Heaven there is no pity, Lewis says.

Well, bunk. (See here for why). (more…)

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August 12th, 2014 14:56:04

The Fruit of the Tree is Entropy

August 07th, 2014 by G.

entropy

The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was entropy. Non-entropic conditions were barred by cherubim and a flaming sword. (more…)

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August 07th, 2014 15:07:53

The Holy Ghost

August 06th, 2014 by G.

Image a room in your house where God dwells. (more…)

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August 06th, 2014 10:38:35

What’s On Your Re-Read Shelf?

July 29th, 2014 by G.

book warren

FoJG T. Greer has a great post at the Scholar’s Stage on the works on his re-read shelves. You’ll want to check it out, especially his LDS material. He has several conference talks listed that I’m glad he brought to my attention.

Greer suggests that there are three kinds of books on the re-read shelves.

three categories:

those read again for the sake of “intellectual learning,” as you say it, or perhaps poetically, the books that enlighten;

books reread for purely for amusement or escape, the books that entertain;

and last of all, books that gives us snap shots of the beautiful or sublime, that increase our capacity to feel sorrow for the sorrowful or inspire us to the greater deeds of greater men – or in short, the books that edify.

I think he’s right. The object of this exercise is to share with our friends here or over at Greer’s place the books you re-read,the movies you rewatch, etc., that enlighten or edify. (more…)

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July 29th, 2014 09:39:26

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

Where do we get such children?

July 17th, 2014 by Vader

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July 17th, 2014 11:07:41

In and Of the Holy Ghost

July 08th, 2014 by G.

Blessed are the gentiles, because of their belief in me, in and of the Holy Ghost.

3 Nephi 16:6

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July 08th, 2014 05:24:48

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

Loneliness

July 07th, 2014 by G.

Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.

-Psalms 88:18

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July 07th, 2014 06:45:56

Man and Woman, Men and Women

June 27th, 2014 by G.

husband and wife music

“I, for my wife, the sun uphold,” Robert Louis Stevenson wrote. (more…)

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June 27th, 2014 09:56:23

New Truths from Old

June 23rd, 2014 by G.

Many of the revelatory insights that have most reached to my soul have come when listening to a bland talk at church cover the same old ground in the same old way; when swapping pet platitudes in Elder’s Quorum with men I’ve known since I was a kid; and when re-reading scripture.

There is no novelty without familiarity.

The active mind when it hears a new thing considers arguments pro and con. When it hears an old thing, the active mind contemplates. It probes deeper.

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June 23rd, 2014 08:29:17