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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

Dear Palpatine:

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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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May 13th, 2015 11:08:24

His Majesty is at it again

May 04th, 2015 by Vader

Dear Palpatine.

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May 04th, 2015 10:01:49

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