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Mea culpa

July 02nd, 2015 by The Junior Ganymede

The Junior Ganymede welcomes this guest post by Kent G. Budge.

My reaction to the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage has been decidedly mixed. By that I mean that I’ve experienced a broad range of emotions over it, none of them positive.

One emotion I haven’t experienced is surprise. We all knew this was coming, and those few of us who professed optimism that the Court might yet rule in favor of the states, or at least rule very narrowly against the states, struck me as whistling furiously in the dark.

However, one emotion I have found myself experiencing, which I did not expect, is remorse.

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July 02nd, 2015 21:10:07

The Benedict Option

July 02nd, 2015 by Patrick Henry

Eich, Windsor, Memories Pizza, Obergefell.  These are straws in the wind showing which way the wind is blowing.  In fact, it has been clear for some time that the Mormon faith and the moral law were transitioning from –oddball and eccentric- to –wicked and despised-. The Church’s views on fornication, for example, have been at odds with the culture for some time. But our views were tolerable, just like our views on alcohol, or a vegan’s insistence on not eating meat. World War G and now World War T have ended that tolerance. We’re evil now. The blood libel is making an appearance . (more…)

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July 02nd, 2015 06:35:45

Interpreting synchronicity

June 30th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Synchronicity is usually described as something like ‘meaningful coincidence’ which means that it must be meaningful or else it is not true synchronicity!

Therefore, since it is meaningful, we ought to try and understand what it actually means when we experience synchronicity – that is indeed one reason why we experience it. (more…)

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June 30th, 2015 02:49:31

Mormon theology and memory

June 25th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Insofar as Mormon theology implies a rejection of the classical metaphyics of a disembodied God outside of space and time; it seems to imply a different infinite: that space is infinite.

Because for there to be significance, there must be permanence, and permanence requires permanence of memory.

Since memory must occupy space, and there must be scope for progression; then space must not be limited – space must be infinite so that a growing reality can always accomodate permanent cumulative memories.

Either we must be always expanding into infinity; or else breaking into new infinities – those new universes of the King Follett dicourse, perhaps.

But, whenever we find ourselves referencing infinities; we should recognise that we have crossed the edge of our understanding.

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June 25th, 2015 03:50:55

The Problem of Friendship in Mormonism

June 24th, 2015 by G.

Friendship is very important in Mormonism.  So is brotherhood and sisterhood.  We know these relationships have eternal significance:

And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there.

But unlike other relationships that have eternal significance, husbands and wives, parents and children, relationships to Christ, these relationships aren’t sealed, don’t have any rituals for them, and barely even exist formally.  Some of them have a kind of temporal institutional existence in the quorum and the Relief Society, but that’s as far as it goes.  (As above, so below: Western society also lacks any high recognition of friendship as a distinct kind of relationship.) (more…)

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June 24th, 2015 11:45:13

The Father of Known Lies

June 23rd, 2015 by G.

Chinese history writing is more conspiratorial then our own. (more…)

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June 23rd, 2015 11:45:42

To make creation cohere in Loving relations

June 23rd, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

For mainstream Christian theologians, the primary act of creation is making the stuff of everything; for Mormons it is perhaps the shaping of pre-existent stuff- the making of form.

But perhaps God’s primary purpose was neither of these – but to bring the stuff of existence into a relation – each with every other. Because, naturally, there is no coherence – only chaos. (more…)

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June 23rd, 2015 06:55:11

Let Him Who is Filthy, Be Filthy Still

June 22nd, 2015 by G.

The tragic vision of Mormon Christianity has four dimensions.

The first tragedy is that growth can only come through suffering and death.

The second tragedy is that free will means people can choose with finality to reject God and damn themselves.

The third tragedy is the tragedy that those we love can only grow through suffering and death and sometimes choose not to grow. Love holds us hostage to them, and it has to, or else it wouldn’t be love.

The fourth tragedy is that people miss out on growth that they are capable of, because they refuse to take the steps that would get them there. And perhaps nothing can be done about this.

 

That fourth tragedy deserves a little explanation. (more…)

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June 22nd, 2015 12:00:50

Not Being Embarrassed About Doing Wrong

June 22nd, 2015 by G.

The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.

Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

-Isaiah 3:9.  Somehow I never noticed before that at least in this one scriptural passage, the cult of authenticity was the sin of Sodom.

 

Here’s Bruce Charlton:

 

there are lots of bad things in life which will only be done (by most people) if and when people [can] talk about them afterwards.

Most people are not content to sin in secret.

How many people would go bungee jumping if it was secret, and they could not tell anybody about it afterwards ever, nor show pictures and movies? How many people would get drunk? How many would have sexual affairs if they could not brag or weep about them with their pals?

A lot fewer than actually do these things now.

 

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June 22nd, 2015 07:00:05

Where God lies

June 20th, 2015 by Vader

One of the most important and fruitful branches of higher mathematics is group theory. And one of the most fruitful branches of group theory is the theory of Lie groups and the associated symmetries.

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June 20th, 2015 10:45:07

“God’s DNA”: Looking for God within, as well as without

June 16th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

God is within us as well as without us: He is within us, built-into us, because we are His children.

(A mortal analogy would be that every child contains his parents’ DNA – thus, each of us contains ‘God’s DNA’.)

Perhaps this fact is neglected in our spiritual lives? (more…)

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June 16th, 2015 23:12:44

Perfect Justice, Infinite Mercy

June 16th, 2015 by G.

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Elder Christofferson once preached that the aim of the gospel is to draw down “perfect justice and infinite mercy” from heaven. The phrase stuck with me. Perfect justice and infinite mercy.  Infinite mercy, sure.  But who among us struts so cockily that he wants perfect justice?  Who among the wise can know that he is more sinned against than sinning?  None.

But the truly wise know that justice is joyful.

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June 16th, 2015 11:09:52

When people are actually doing metaphysics, but suppose they are providing evidence (with reference to Rupert Sheldrake and Joseph Smith)

June 15th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

I have become very focused on metaphysics in recent years; and one result has been to recognize that a lot of people imagine that they are providing evidence for their metaphysical views – when in fact they are instead demonstrating their metaphysics ‘in action’.

For example, Rupert Sheldrake is usually regarded as an unorthodox or fringe scientist; and his books are full of evidence (observations, experiments etc) which are apparently intended to lead the reader to conclude that Sheldrake’s ideas of Morphic Fields and Morphic Resonance are necessary to explain the findings.

In reality, Sheldrake is doing philosophy – specifically metaphysics – not science (not even unorthodox science), as I explain here: (more…)

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June 15th, 2015 06:02:55

What is the use of loving other people – what good does it do them?

June 12th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

The Ascent, by David Linn

I regard the directive to love thy neighbour as something to be followed as much as possible; and explained if possible; not something to be explained-away.

But – how does loving our neighbour, and trying to be good to them, help their salvation? It is a question which seems to demand some kind of answer. (more…)

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June 12th, 2015 23:35:24

What is required from explanations of Christ’s Atonement?

June 11th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

What happened with the Atonement of Christ has proved to be a controversial topic over the past two thousand years. The situation is, for many or most Christians, that while Christ’s incarnation, death and resurrection is known to be the central fact; a satisfactory and satisfying explanation of the Atonement is something each person may have-to sort-out for himself.

Here is a framework.

1. Establish God’s ultimate aim and hope for Man – What does God want Man to become?

2. Christians know that Jesus Christ’s incarnation, death and resurrection was – in some way – essential to the fulfilment of that hope.

3. So, the explanation of what exactly Christ’s Atonement was, and how it worked; must be provided with reference to God’s ultimate aim for Man, and Christ’s essential contribution to the achievement of that aim.

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June 11th, 2015 23:21:50