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True Fitness

April 16th, 2015 by Ask a Liberal Mormon

I have this friend who is always exercising and carefully watching what she eats.  She won’t even go into a McDonald’s, because she says its just not the right environment for what she’s trying to do.  So restrictive!

Yeah, she’s fit, superficially.  But it’s not true fitness.  It’s naive fitness.  It’s sheltered fitness.  True fitness is when you stop living in some “exercise and nutrition” bubble and you go pork out on your couch in the real world.

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April 16th, 2015 09:24:09

Howdy, Flatfoot

April 12th, 2015 by G.

Hartley's new 'Cowboy Hat'

Your son must have wheedled your wife while shopping this week.  You deduce this when you hear a call from your entryway this Sunday morning.  “Come and see, Dad, come and see.  I’m going to wear a cowboy hat to church just like you, Dad.”

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April 12th, 2015 21:11:48

When All the Saints Will Live Again

April 05th, 2015 by G.

After Jesus was resurrected, his Apostles were different men.  They were nobodies before.  Then they shook the earth.  What changed them?  They had seen Jesus resurrected, that’s what changed them.

When they changed into Apostles, a crowd of Jesus’ followers also suddenly transformed into a church.  What changed them?  Most of them probably wouldn’t have seen Jesus alive again.

There is an answer in the scriptures.  If we liken the scriptures unto us, we’ll discover it. (more…)

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April 05th, 2015 12:33:36

Modern Witnesses of the Resurrection

April 05th, 2015 by G.

When Joseph Smith gave his witness, “last of all,” of the risen Savior, he was only the first of this dispensation.  There have since been many of others, some of whom have given their witness publicly.  Some have been collected here.

 

 

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April 05th, 2015 12:13:14

As Man is, God Once Was

April 03rd, 2015 by G.

As Man is, God once was.

As God is, Man may be.

There is lots of scriptural support for the second half of Lorenzo Snow’s couplet. There is little support for the first half, the way President Snow meant it.

There are alternate meanings, though.  The couplet is quasi-scriptural. Scripture usually has more than one layer of meaning. (more…)

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April 03rd, 2015 09:07:33

Christ and the General Will

April 03rd, 2015 by G.

What do people collectively want? It’s hard to say. Voting gives you one kind of answer, but voting isn’t nuanced. Voters can only say yes or no to ballot questions as phrased and as they understand them. It’s possible that with more explanation they might feel differently, or with even slightly different phrasing they choose the other option.   Or else they can only select between candidates. Different voting systems give different answers. Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem says that no voting system can ever perfectly capture voter intent. Polls are even more fallible.

That’s where the concept of the General Will comes in. What if someone knew the people well enough to have an intuitive, almost literary, sense of what they wanted? That’s why dictatorships claim to be democracies. They say they’re giving the nation what it really, collectively, wants.

The reason it’s hard to know what voters want is because it’s hard to know what a voter wants. Individuals are something like a collection of people over time. No man can step in the same river twice, the Greek said, because it’s never the same man. The mind is always engaged in editing memory to fit the needs of the present, which it wouldn’t need to do if we were really fully the same throughout, if we always had the same end in view. (more…)

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April 03rd, 2015 07:16:01

Why Two Atonements?

April 02nd, 2015 by G.

Mormon Christianity has a lot of odd little teachings that don’t seem to add up to anything at first glance.  Resurrected beings have bodies of flesh and blood.  Heaven has three main degrees.  Satan rules over the water.  And Christ atoned twice, first in the Garden, second on the cross. (more…)

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April 02nd, 2015 12:00:08

The Presence of God is Eternity

April 02nd, 2015 by G.

The presence of God is eternity. (more…)

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April 02nd, 2015 08:40:05

The Sovereign and Suffering Christ

March 31st, 2015 by G.

Christ, with a crown of kingship and a crown of thorns

 

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March 31st, 2015 07:00:29

How to Stand Up for the Family

March 30th, 2015 by G.

There is honey in the jawbone of an ass.  (more…)

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March 30th, 2015 12:10:51

Life is Genre Fiction

March 30th, 2015 by G.

‘Plan’ is the wrong kind of concept for life – to think of life as having a ‘Plot’ comes much closer to the proper Christian attitude.

-thus Bruce CharltonRead the whole thing.

We don’t know how we are going to get to the end of this story and we don’t know when.  We still feel like shrieking “don’t go into that room!” at the main character and we still get frustrated when the protagonist makes things more complicated just by being a chump.  But we still keep turning the pages because we know that the happy ending is gonna make the whole story worthwhile.   (We don’t skip to the end, either, because its the whole story that makes the happy ending worthwhile).  Even if there is a it of deus ex machina at the end, we trust the Author to pull it off well.

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March 30th, 2015 10:14:35

Manhood Means Responsibility

March 25th, 2015 by G.

What’s the difference between boyhood and manhood? (more…)

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March 25th, 2015 07:00:46

Taking the Eggs for a Sunday Drive

March 23rd, 2015 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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March 23rd, 2015 15:51:31

Mormon Laity, or non-member participation in Mormonism.

March 21st, 2015 by Bookslinger

It has long occurred to me that a non-member participating in Mormonism, to whatever degree a non-member is able to participate, would be better off than were he to participate in other Christian denominations as a lay member.  I put this forth as a postulate. And invite others to help me develop it into a theory.

Discuss.

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March 21st, 2015 11:38:48

Men Have Four Great Loves

March 19th, 2015 by G.

Men Have Four Great Loves

Men have four great loves.

The love of a man for a woman;

Of a boy for his mother;

Of brother for brother,

                Of comrades together;

And the love of father and son.

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March 19th, 2015 12:10:37