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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

Angina Monologue 9

February 22nd, 2015 by Vader

So school teachers’ lesson plans are “trade secrets” exempt from the various Freedom of Information statutes? In a Sith’s eye!

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February 22nd, 2015 19:43:20

“But the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, does not end”

February 18th, 2015 by Vader

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February 18th, 2015 11:30:38

Angina Monologue 8

February 08th, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty has found a new way to eat his porridge: Flavored with shredded ham and Swiss cheese, with a fried egg on top.

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February 08th, 2015 15:19:44

The Marriage of True Minds

January 21st, 2015 by G.

 

Marriage is theater.  It is the stage and the back stage.  It is the play and also the players. (more…)

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January 21st, 2015 11:13:06

The Art of Marriage

January 16th, 2015 by G.

I like hard-nosed, no-nonsense spirituality. I don’t like guff.

Marriage is at the core of Mormon spirituality. Marriage and dating, are also, in this culture, swaddled in yards and yards of guff. (more…)

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January 16th, 2015 14:15:26

My Marriage Wasn’t Meant to Be

January 13th, 2015 by Bookslinger

Thus Matt Walsh.

I recall G saying something similar.

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January 13th, 2015 19:10:50

Perspective

October 29th, 2014 by Vader

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October 29th, 2014 12:04:06

A New Heaven and a New Earth

June 12th, 2014 by Zen

“With Christian or Jewish presuppositions, or indeed Muslim, then if you believe in what it says in Genesis 1 about God making heaven and earth—and the binaries in Genesis are so important—that heaven and earth, and sea and dry land, and so on and so on, and you end up with male and female. It’s all about God making complementary pairs which are meant to work together. The last scene in the Bible is the new heaven and the new earth, and the symbol for that is the marriage of Christ and his church. It’s not just one or two verses here and there which say this or that. It’s an entire narrative which works with this complementarity so that a male-plus-female marriage is a signpost or a signal about the goodness of the original creation and God’s intention for the eventual new heavens and new earth.”

Scholar NT Wright explains marriage, and gay marriage and scripture

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June 12th, 2014 15:54:27

Greater Love

February 18th, 2014 by G.

The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together. Men will take up arms and even sacrifice their lives for the sake of this love.

Thus St. John Chrysostom.

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February 18th, 2014 13:45:49

James Taranto nails a perverse metric

January 10th, 2014 by Vader

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January 10th, 2014 12:32:11

Divorce is Bad for Rich Kids and Other Living Things

December 20th, 2013 by G.

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December 20th, 2013 16:35:37

The Research Information Division

November 18th, 2013 by John Mansfield

[Editors–we hope that this unusual account of a Church-run focus group, along with the ensuing discussion, will be of general interest]

The church was mostly quiet last night. Brother and Sister Markoff were in the cultural hall with their two younger children planning the stage arrangement for the Christmas program Sister Markoff has been rehearsing with Primary children for the past month. There was no sign of anyone downstairs around the bishop’s and clerks’ offices. Back upstairs, outside the Relief Society room, a few middle-aged parents sat waiting and talking. More arrived. Brother Fletcher joked that we were going to find we had came for a half hour presentation encouraging us to prepare for senior missions. Some continued along that theme that we had actually been summoned to discuss lowering the age for senior missionaries. A quarter before eight, the Relief Society door opened, and four priests and six laurels walked out. In we went, where a man in his young thirties sat dressed in a long-sleeved white shirt and tie.

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November 18th, 2013 04:32:17

Freedom from Freedom

September 30th, 2013 by Patrick Henry

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September 30th, 2013 13:01:27

“Man”

September 30th, 2013 by Inigo Montoya

I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

My father, may his memory be ever blessed, if he had made a list of things every man over 30 should have, would have had just two items:    (more…)

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September 30th, 2013 10:26:15