Junior Ganymede
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A few words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

August 17th, 2017 by Bookslinger

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says ‘Love your enemies,’ he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies– or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing wars – must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

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August 17th, 2017 12:55:42

Mormons are the original ‘romantic theologians”

October 16th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Christian theology has typically been a path of negation, denial, asceticism, celibacy – but that there was also a (neglected) path focused on romantic love, art and poetry, richness of imagery etc.

But it is hard to see how these could be equal, since they are so different – alternatives, yes, but in real life one or other of such vastly different paths is surely to be preferred; one or another must become the focus of societal aspiration and organization – one cannot aim both at being a celibate, solitary ascetic hermit or monk; and also at being a husband and father engaged with ‘the world’.

Mormonism has for a long time been advocating and practicing something pretty close to Positive Theology: a Christian ‘way’ focused on marriage, family and engagement and with no tradition of monasticism or the eremitic (reclusive) life. (more…)

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October 16th, 2015 04:50:19

A Date with An Ironing Board

July 27th, 2015 by G.

Ironing Boards

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

It’s Saturday evening, and you need to do some ironing for Sunday and the week. Your wife, your lovely one, says, “do you remember when you ironed on one of our dates?” You don’t. She tells you. (more…)

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July 27th, 2015 08:00:04

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

A mark Satan cannot give

April 10th, 2015 by Vader

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April 10th, 2015 12:18:41

The First Great Commandment

March 03rd, 2015 by G.

Love is not best considered as a feeling, it is not necessarily something at the forefront of consciousness. For many people, their deepest love is something which structures their life, rather than being at the front of our conscious deliberations for most of the time. Some (I am one of them) are very expressive of love – but this is not a necessity; and some very loving cultures and families and marriages do not go in for statements, hugs or tears.

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My understanding of the absolute necessity of loving God above all else is metaphysical rather than psychological – that without this, all other loves (including the love of Jesus) lose their meaning and function.

The supremacy of our love for God is that it makes all other loves possible – it makes other loves a matter of eternal significance.

 

-thus Bruce Charlton.

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March 03rd, 2015 08:13:41

Death? Hey, Look, Squirrel!

January 13th, 2015 by G.

Death doesn’t go away when you pretend not to care about it. (more…)

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January 13th, 2015 11:18:44

Helpless as a Child

December 10th, 2014 by G.

Our Cub Scouts went caroling to an old folks home. The elderly people there were moved. It is remarkable, the power we have to affect each other. (more…)

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December 10th, 2014 11:00:59

How Can Anything Be Meaningful?

December 05th, 2014 by G.

How-To-Be-A-Deep-ThinkerWhat are the minimum conditions for meaning? Meaning is one of the basics of life, so it sounds like an obvious question to ask and an easy question to answer. It is both. But it is rarely asked. (more…)

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December 05th, 2014 10:42:29

Awake in the Night Land

April 14th, 2014 by G.

The Last Redoubt

John C. Wright’s book Awake in the Night Land is out.

I can’t really express how good it is. This is a book that I will be rereading and thinking about for the rest of my life. It is a book that made my eyes shine when my wife walked into the room. It is touched with holiness. (more…)

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April 14th, 2014 10:08:26

Subversion of reverence for the family is among the greatest evils of modernity –

January 19th, 2014 by Bookslinger

– because family is the primary metaphor for divine love.

To misunderstand the family leads modern Man to misunderstand God – to find Him incomprehensible.

Thus, Bruce Charlton.

This dovetails with his previous post about how without God you cannot love your neighbour.

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January 19th, 2014 17:20:33

First love God – only then can you love neighbour.

January 18th, 2014 by Bookslinger

From the blog of a JrG commenter:

“First Love God – because without God you cannot Love your neighbour.

Without Love of God, then love of neighbour becomes just ‘altruism’ – policies, laws, regulations; taxes; doles, welfare, subsidies, allowances, benefits… statecraft and suppression of those who oppose it.

Which is anti-Love.

We see this all around us. The experiment has been done – look at the results.

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January 18th, 2014 19:59:16

The Romance of a Short Walk

November 29th, 2013 by G.

Two detective novels I read recently unexpectedly had passages on being in love. (more…)

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November 29th, 2013 07:39:55

Jon F. Will

May 07th, 2012 by G.

Jon F. Will lives a full life. He has Down’s Syndrome. He is the 10%. (more…)

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May 07th, 2012 17:03:31

Diversity of perfections

July 19th, 2009 by Vader

One of the distinctive features of Mormonism is the doctrine of the diversity of perfections. (more…)

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July 19th, 2009 22:26:07