The concept of glory is all over the scriptures. Glory is mentioned over 600 times in the scriptures, honor is mentioned nearly 200 times, and related concepts like praise and worship and worthiness are also hit pretty hard. (more…)
Here is a Mormon model of the pre-existence. Christ presented a plan for us to experience mortality and Satan presented an alternate plan. Christ’s plan allowed full scope for our free agency, so we’d sin, which He would repair by atoning for the sin. Satan’s plan restrained our free agency through repression and tyranny and disinformation/propaganda and who knows, so that we wouldn’t sin. We voted to accept Christ, but Satan and his followers wouldn’t accept the vote, like king-men. Consistent with their plan, like king-men they then went to war to get by force what they had lost by vote. They lost this confrontation too and were thrown out. But the war continues. It has become a bandit resistance campaign of subversion and sabotage.
The model is wrong. (more…)
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Math. Truth. The Past. The Future. Science. Love.
We are all believers in invisible entities. Theists just happen to believe in one more invisible entity than everyone else.
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The Three Degrees of Glory is one of those Mormon doctrines that at first glance seems random and maybe kinda trivial.
Not so. (more…)
Bruce Charlton’s commenter Arakawa has derived his own version of the amphibious synthesis of time and eternity. (more…)
Trigger warning: acts of microaggression to follow. (more…)
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Pat: Gay marriage is a mistake because marriage is about children. Two men or two women can’t have children together accidentally or on purpose.
Mike: So if you’re infertile, you can’t get married?
On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)
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Full quote, from an outsider who looks favorably upon the LDS church:
“Anything can be perverted by Leftism, as Roman Catholics are beginning to wake up to. RCs thought they had everything made clear and consistent in their Catechism and structure of authority, but it has now become very thoroughly corrupted nonethless.
Mormonism, by contrast, has many ‘liberal’ elements (in my opinion Mormonism has most of the genuinely good things about leftism – because of course there are good things about leftism, notwithstanding that it is overall the greatest evil in the history of the world) and yet Mormonism NOW is at its best and on average probably more ‘devout’ than it ever has been (at least since the days of Brigham Young’s theocracy).
But it certainly is under attack. Most of (not all!) the Mormon bloggers, for example, are liberal subversives who have learned absolutely *nothing* from what liberalism has done to the mainstream denominations (ie. shrunk, weakened, inverted and destroyed them).”
Nathaniel Givens identifies a failure mode of social programs in democracies:
What you can understand enough to support you can also understand enough to co-opt.
A good man I know has been investigating the Church. He has daughters who are getting close to that age. One in particular is going on twelve. So he asked me about the church experience for a young woman. Because its a concern of his, he especially asked what his daughters would be taught about chastity and marriage. Here is my response. For readers with knowledge, please add anything you see fit in the comments. Readers with questions on the subject are welcome to ask them in the same place. (more…)