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Glory, Glory

January 09th, 2018 by G.

The scriptures refer to glory more than they do to love.   But no one knows what glory is.

I have a perfectly usable definition.  Glory is deserving conditional love.  Glory contrasts with unconditional love and goes along with worship, awe, praise, honor, and excellence.  So far, so good.

But that definition of glory is like the Catholic definition of love as willing the good of another.  Very sensible and practical, cuts through a lot of hoo-hah, clearly in the right ballpark . . . but darn well lacking as a full description of the actual thing.   These definitions of love and glory are to actual love and glory as 565 nm wavelength emissions are to seeing green.

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January 09th, 2018 06:49:55

Selfishness is the Vice of what Virtue?

October 05th, 2017 by G.

It’s a commonplace that vices are sick virtues.

Some vices are crippled virtues.  Some vices are bloated virtues.

So what is the healthy virtue that, when ill, becomes the vice of selfishness.



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October 05th, 2017 10:04:05

A Little American Heresy

June 28th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

If a guy kept punching you, and every time he punched you he hollered, “Remember the Alamo,” you might come to hate the Alamo.

Equality is our Alamo.  Equality they say while they attack tradition, institutions, the faith, the family, order, prosperity, happiness.  Equality they say while the Devil cackles.  And it is hard to not come to hate the idea, even if it were being badly abused.  Even if it were to have almost nothing to do how its being used.


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June 28th, 2017 06:37:48

The problem of unrequited love

December 05th, 2016 by Bruce Charlton


Finwe and Miriel as depicted by ‘steamey’

I was reading in JRR Tolkien’s posthumous History of Middle Earth about how unrequited love and the grief of the bereaved were regarded as a serious flaw in the elven paradise of the undying lands; and it struck me that much the same might be supposed about the Mormon understanding of Heaven.

Even on earth, the primacy (rightly) accorded to Marriage and Family does necessarily challenge those Mormons who (for many possible reasons) lack one or both. And since Celestial Marriage is an essential pre-requisite of the highest exaltation, and current revelation seems to be is that this marriage is monogamous, there appears to be a problem…

At a ‘numerical’ level, there is the matter that there seems to be a requirement for an exact matching of the numbers of men and women, and that each individual will have find one beloved spouse among this number – with none left over.

But of course, all depends on agency, and some will almost-certainly choose not to marry (indeed, some may choose not to be incarnated). And then there is this problem of unrequited love…

I mean when one truly loves the other and nobody else, but that love is not reciprocated. Or that more than one woman a particular man or vice versa – perhaps many-fold?

It seems that the numbers do not add-up and cannot necessarily be made to do so?… This is surely a flaw in the ‘perfection’ of Heaven.

But the problem is illusory – or, at least, not necessary nor permanent – in the context of an open-ended, evolving universe such as Mormons envisage.

In the first place Heaven is not a state of perfection. That is to say: for Mormons perfection is not a state but a process. Heaven changes and the loving creative-process of exaltation is the perfection of Life. The population is being added to (presumably without ultimate limit, assuming the number of ‘intelligences’ is not fixed; and especially once Men become fully divine and can beget spiritual children), and the individual people themselves are each becoming more exalted – they continue to change, experience and grow.

Therefore, over time, there is no reason why everyone should not find a truly-loved spouse; and having found such a person, celestial marriage will of its very nature make an unbreakable creative dyad of husband and wife; such that there is no ‘comparison’ of the kind we experience between potential-spouse A and potential-spouse B.

The perfection of love is both permanent and also a dynamic state ; and will overcome all such temporary problems in the course of eternal time.

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December 05th, 2016 05:38:58


April 12th, 2016 by G.

One of the old standbys among the SJWs of the Bloggernacle is whether telling a missionary it would be better to be dead than to dishonor themselves on their mission is the literally the worst thing ever, worse than Hitler. The argument, somewhat strained, is that the injunction is encouraging missionaries to commit suicide if they do sin.

President Harold B. Lee was apparently not aware that he was wandering into a internet controversy when he came across a similar situation, so he gave a much more sensible caution. Here is the story in his words. (more…)

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April 12th, 2016 07:30:17

Easy, Natural Leadership

August 21st, 2015 by G.

While formal equality just means fighting and conflict in practice,  stable authority can lead to practical informal equality.  Call it “peerage.”  Peerage is one of the sweetest states of human existence.  In fact, one might say that it is the ultimately reality of all existence.  It is the nature of the Godhead.

So it’s worth considering why stable authority doesn’t always lead to peerage. (more…)

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August 21st, 2015 10:49:56

The Founder’s Cult

July 15th, 2015 by G.

Peter Thiel says that successful new companies tend to turn into founder’s cults. It’s only natural. Building things is hard. Building institutions that build things is harder. You look around and see this successful thing, in a world of friction and entropy, and your heart is filled with respect. Respect is a form of love. It is akin to worship. (more…)

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July 15th, 2015 08:45:26

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

The Pitiless Gaze of Oneself

May 16th, 2015 by Man SL

A man will always be judged, full stop. A person will always be judged, full stop. You will always be judged for everything you do for every second you are doing it.

thus Donovan Greene

The judges are God, everyone else, and yourself.

Thing is, you want it.  You want to be judged and found worthy.

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May 16th, 2015 16:28:40

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

Angina Monologue 13

March 22nd, 2015 by Vader

I could hear His Majesty cackling over the paper even before I emerged from the kitchen with his breakfast pancakes and porridge.


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March 22nd, 2015 19:19:53

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

Angina Monologue 10

March 02nd, 2015 by Vader

Fast Sundays seem to be for puttering.


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March 02nd, 2015 06:02:42

Patriarchy, Feminism, and Complementarianism

August 29th, 2014 by G.

An important essay by Dr. Charlton. Worth grappling with.

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August 29th, 2014 06:17:18

Iron Love and Velvet Hate: Juxtapositions II

August 21st, 2014 by G.

The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Proverbs 12:10 (more…)

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August 21st, 2014 12:45:00