Junior Ganymede
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The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, in Daily Life

August 27th, 2014 by G.

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…)

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August 27th, 2014 11:54:39

Damnation is Inevitable

August 27th, 2014 by G.

When you think about the conditions that make choice meaningful, the need for atonement and the inevitably of damnation both pop out. (more…)

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August 27th, 2014 09:45:38

The Tao of Elder Packer: Juxtapositions III

August 25th, 2014 by G.

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…)

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August 25th, 2014 10:46:34

Miracles and Gardens are Messy

August 24th, 2014 by G.


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…)

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August 24th, 2014 08:31:43

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

One Great Whole: Juxtapositions I

August 20th, 2014 by G.

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.

-thus Joseph Smith (hat tip to Elder Bednar, whose recent talk on social media is worth your 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

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August 20th, 2014 11:21:47

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.


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