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Interpreting synchronicity

June 30th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Synchronicity is usually described as something like ‘meaningful coincidence’ which means that it must be meaningful or else it is not true synchronicity!

Therefore, since it is meaningful, we ought to try and understand what it actually means when we experience synchronicity – that is indeed one reason why we experience it. (more…)

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June 30th, 2015 02:49:31

Mormon theology and memory

June 25th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Insofar as Mormon theology implies a rejection of the classical metaphyics of a disembodied God outside of space and time; it seems to imply a different infinite: that space is infinite.

Because for there to be significance, there must be permanence, and permanence requires permanence of memory.

Since memory must occupy space, and there must be scope for progression; then space must not be limited – space must be infinite so that a growing reality can always accomodate permanent cumulative memories.

Either we must be always expanding into infinity; or else breaking into new infinities – those new universes of the King Follett dicourse, perhaps.

But, whenever we find ourselves referencing infinities; we should recognise that we have crossed the edge of our understanding.

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June 25th, 2015 03:50:55

The Father of Known Lies

June 23rd, 2015 by G.

Chinese history writing is more conspiratorial then our own. (more…)

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June 23rd, 2015 11:45:42

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

Let Him Who is Filthy, Be Filthy Still

June 22nd, 2015 by G.

The tragic vision of Mormon Christianity has four dimensions.

The first tragedy is that growth can only come through suffering and death.

The second tragedy is that free will means people can choose with finality to reject God and damn themselves.

The third tragedy is the tragedy that those we love can only grow through suffering and death and sometimes choose not to grow. Love holds us hostage to them, and it has to, or else it wouldn’t be love.

The fourth tragedy is that people miss out on growth that they are capable of, because they refuse to take the steps that would get them there. And perhaps nothing can be done about this.

 

That fourth tragedy deserves a little explanation. (more…)

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June 22nd, 2015 12:00:50

Not Being Embarrassed About Doing Wrong

June 22nd, 2015 by G.

The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.

Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

-Isaiah 3:9.  Somehow I never noticed before that at least in this one scriptural passage, the cult of authenticity was the sin of Sodom.

 

Here’s Bruce Charlton:

 

there are lots of bad things in life which will only be done (by most people) if and when people [can] talk about them afterwards.

Most people are not content to sin in secret.

How many people would go bungee jumping if it was secret, and they could not tell anybody about it afterwards ever, nor show pictures and movies? How many people would get drunk? How many would have sexual affairs if they could not brag or weep about them with their pals?

A lot fewer than actually do these things now.

 

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June 22nd, 2015 07:00:05

“God’s DNA”: Looking for God within, as well as without

June 16th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

God is within us as well as without us: He is within us, built-into us, because we are His children.

(A mortal analogy would be that every child contains his parents’ DNA – thus, each of us contains ‘God’s DNA’.)

Perhaps this fact is neglected in our spiritual lives? (more…)

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June 16th, 2015 23:12:44

Perfect Justice, Infinite Mercy

June 16th, 2015 by G.

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Elder Christofferson once preached that the aim of the gospel is to draw down “perfect justice and infinite mercy” from heaven. The phrase stuck with me. Perfect justice and infinite mercy.  Infinite mercy, sure.  But who among us struts so cockily that he wants perfect justice?  Who among the wise can know that he is more sinned against than sinning?  None.

But the truly wise know that justice is joyful.

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June 16th, 2015 11:09:52

When people are actually doing metaphysics, but suppose they are providing evidence (with reference to Rupert Sheldrake and Joseph Smith)

June 15th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

I have become very focused on metaphysics in recent years; and one result has been to recognize that a lot of people imagine that they are providing evidence for their metaphysical views – when in fact they are instead demonstrating their metaphysics ‘in action’.

For example, Rupert Sheldrake is usually regarded as an unorthodox or fringe scientist; and his books are full of evidence (observations, experiments etc) which are apparently intended to lead the reader to conclude that Sheldrake’s ideas of Morphic Fields and Morphic Resonance are necessary to explain the findings.

In reality, Sheldrake is doing philosophy – specifically metaphysics – not science (not even unorthodox science), as I explain here: (more…)

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June 15th, 2015 06:02:55

What is the use of loving other people – what good does it do them?

June 12th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

The Ascent, by David Linn

I regard the directive to love thy neighbour as something to be followed as much as possible; and explained if possible; not something to be explained-away.

But – how does loving our neighbour, and trying to be good to them, help their salvation? It is a question which seems to demand some kind of answer. (more…)

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June 12th, 2015 23:35:24

The primacy of ‘impressions': the metaphysical necessity for direct communication: wordless, imageless, by-passing the senses

June 11th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Since I believe that bad metaphysics is at the root of many modern problems, we (almost-) all need to examine our fundamental assumptions.

One assumption that I think is necessary for any metaphysical system which is not self-refuting (and despair inducing) is that it is possible for communications to be direct. And ‘communication’ includes divine communications, such as personal revelations.   (more…)

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June 11th, 2015 08:54:35

Progress Between Kingdoms

June 11th, 2015 by G.

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Progress between kingdoms of glory is one of the perennial Mormon debates. Not because it is of primary importance. Not because it’s widespread. But among the minority of Mormons who like to try and extrapolate from the gospel, it’s one of those things that come up. It is a mostly theoretical question, though it could have some practical bearing if one were to accept an doctrine of easy progress between the degrees of glory and so shrug the importance of this life. It could also have some practical bearing if a doctrine of stern barriers between kingdoms were presented in a way that made God seem less than loving and wise. To the extent people get worked up when they argue about this, it is probably because they are concerned about one extreme or the other.

I recently was asked to address an investigator’s concerns about the subject. Here is what I wrote: (more…)

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June 11th, 2015 05:44:08

Is Torture Good?

June 09th, 2015 by G.

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June 09th, 2015 11:16:31

The Apostle Attending Mass in Santa Fe

June 05th, 2015 by John Mansfield

So, Elder M. Russell Ballard, one of the LDS church’s apostles, was in Santa Fe yesterday for the installation of the Catholic church’s new archbishop (link), which stirs up various thoughts. (more…)

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June 05th, 2015 06:14:01

Sin is Excommunion

June 04th, 2015 by G.

 

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No vice is ever truly private, but some vices are more private than others. For some vices, the privacy of the vice is a choice. (more…)

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June 04th, 2015 11:21:22