On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)
This post is about discretion and legalism. It follows up on the post The Virtue with No Name, or the Best Mormon Essay You’ll Read This Month. (more…)
Oh, I say, dash it! Dan Peterson is hosting an open discussion of the Book of Mormon, one chapter a day. It’s open to anyone who wants to contribute, nibs and us jolly old regular chappies alike. (He explains the project here). To date, if that’s the expression I want, the contributions have been quite fruity. Good, if you know what I mean.
The first week’s discussions are listed below by yours truly. On the advice of Jeeves, I’ve included a taste of Dan Peterson’s thought for each chapter, by way of whetting the old appetite. Toodle-oo and bon appetit! (more…)
In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince
One of the keystones of Jonathan Haidt’s work is the fact that conservatives usually understand liberal arguments, but liberals don’t understand conservatives. From it he builds the theory that conservatives operate with all six of his moral foundations (harm, fairness, liberty, loyalty, authority, and purity), while liberals only strongly possess the first three. (more…)
The temple presents the Garden of Eden experience as a basic archetype that underlies human life. The temple–prepare to be shocked–is right. (more…)
When you think about the conditions that make choice meaningful, the need for atonement and the inevitably of damnation both pop out. (more…)
Much of what I have come to know falls into the category of things which cannot be taught but can be learned. Knowledge which is of eternal value comes only through personal prayer and pondering.
-thus Boyd K. Packer (more…)
On Friday night we had a homemade dinner and a movie for our date, the way we do when we’re being cheap. It was delicious. On my plate were T-bone steak, four ears of corn, steamed green beans, and fresh tomato slices. For dessert we had a stack of Reliant and Frontenac grape clusters. I was raving to my wife by way of compliment when I realized that all of this food came from our land. The steak was from my father’s beefs. The corn, the green beans, and the tomatoes had just been picked from my garden. The grapes were from my vines. I don’t say this to brag, but only because bragging is too mild a word. It would be hard to exaggerate how pleased I was and am. I feel pretty frothy about it. (more…)
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.’
It is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times . . . that a whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present time.
These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all.
-thus the Lord your God
There are already entities with vastly greater than human intelligence working on the problem of augmenting their own intelligence. A great many, in fact. We call them corporations. And while we may have a variety of thoughts about them, not one has achieved transcendence.
-thus Ramez Naan, in The Singularity is Further than It Appears
Happiness consists of joy and sorrow, while unhappiness consists of pleasure and misery.
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.