Well, I’m hosed, then.
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…)
Keeping in mind that these ruminations are purely speculative.
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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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