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“It just IS” v. “It’s just…”

May 08th, 2017 by MC

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Like many Mormon missionaries, I was the catalyst for a fair number of overdue weddings.

Been together for years, have several kids together*, can’t imagine living their lives separately, just never got around to an actual wedding. Indeed, it was usually impossible to tell which domestic arrangements were official until you asked them at the end of the fourth discussion. Happily, the goal of preparing for baptism was all that some of them needed to take the plunge (no pun intended).

Then there were the others, with the common refrain: “Why does it matter if we get married? We’re already together. It’s just a piece of paper.” (more…)

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May 08th, 2017 05:17:36

You go, brother

March 20th, 2017 by Vader

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March 20th, 2017 14:08:30

“A Happy Spouse May Be Good For Your Health”

September 29th, 2016 by Vader

Well, I’m hosed, then.

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September 29th, 2016 10:26:42

Creation as separation

August 10th, 2016 by Vader

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August 10th, 2016 09:21:02

The Creation of Adam

April 27th, 2016 by Vader

I have been regarding Michelangelo’s great work.

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April 27th, 2016 11:44:43

The Necessity of Clans?

March 31st, 2016 by MC

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Our esteemed JG co-blogger John Mansfield has a theory that Mormons are retreating socially into their extended families, and worries that the Church is turning into something like a confederation of clans (have I got it right, JM?). He goes so far as to posit that the custom of cousin marriage might make inroads in a more insular Church.

I don’t really see the trend of extended families becoming more important than other Church associations, possibly because I live in a far-off land where most Mormons are transplants without extended family around. But I do observe a trend that might be related. (more…)

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March 31st, 2016 01:36:45

Some theological speculations regarding the Heavenly Mother

February 07th, 2016 by Vader

Keeping in mind that these ruminations are purely speculative.

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February 07th, 2016 04:56:30

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

Getting rid of marriage

September 19th, 2015 by Zen

Alabama is getting government out of marriage entirety. I am wary of how wise this is, though it is amusing to see the knee-jerk reactions from the Left condemning it. 

It is now merely a contract, that you happen to file with the government. Well meaning, perhaps, but it does little for the sanctity of marriage.

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September 19th, 2015 00:25:26

Made in mockery of marriage

July 09th, 2015 by Vader

“As Sauron made the orcs in mockery of the elves.”

A good insight, even if the Tolkien reference is badly botched.

 

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July 09th, 2015 09:13:26

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

In loco parentis

June 10th, 2015 by Vader

Dear Palpatine:

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June 10th, 2015 08:02:26

In the Mouth of Two Witnesses

May 26th, 2015 by G.

My wife says, apropos of nothing:  you know, people need a testimony of their marriage.

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May 26th, 2015 07:05:37

Unclear on how Facebook books

May 23rd, 2015 by Vader

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May 23rd, 2015 21:20:11

Goethe’s advice on attracting women

May 13th, 2015 by Vader

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