Junior Ganymede
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Authority is Brotherhood

July 31st, 2015 by G.

Formal power can coexist with practical equality.   Formal equality creates power struggles and cliques.

The one model is two boys fighting.  One wins, they now know who is stronger, and they are friends after that.  The other model is high school.   The mean girls are mean because there is nothing else to separate them from the kids they sneer at.

Formal power means power that is stable and secure.  It is hierarchy.

 

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July 31st, 2015 16:31:42

The Political Axis, a Fresh Take

July 31st, 2015 by G.

The dividing line between left and right is not the ideology you hold but the sources you seek status from.

-Anon.

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July 31st, 2015 15:30:49

Justice You Can’t Deny

July 10th, 2015 by Man SL

God is not destroying us – we are being allowed to destroy ourselves.

 

-thus Bruce Charlton

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July 10th, 2015 12:00:15

Christ in Triumph

June 19th, 2015 by G.

On wounded feet, He stands triumphant over death.   With pierced palms and scarred wrists, He holds out unending grace.

-thus Jeffrey R. Holland

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June 19th, 2015 07:15:45

Only a Man can Become a Man

June 14th, 2015 by G.

Manhood ultimately has a metaphysical explanation.

I regard manhood as dating back eternally; a matter of fundamental existence – and the same applies to womanhood.

In other words, sexual difference is a primal reality.

-thus Bruce Charlton. I sometimes think that one of the core characteristics of manhood is wanting to become a man. Are little girls quite as avid as little boys to find role models? Well, probably. In any case, manhood, and womanhood, like being a child of God, is one of those inborn, natural things that you nonetheless have to work at.

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June 14th, 2015 13:27:23

Feminism is Just a Phase

June 01st, 2015 by G.

for Leftism, any stick is good enough to beat Goodness with – and women will be taken-up and then discarded as and when convenient.

 

thus Bruce Charlton.

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June 01st, 2015 07:21:40

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

The Anti-Nicene Creed

April 30th, 2015 by G.

Mormonism’s relationship to the creeds and philosophies of conventional Christianity is not simple reversal:

The restored gospel or Mormonism should not, therefore, be seen as a set of symmetrical counter-claims to mainstream classical theology regarding the Omni-God and creation from nothing; rather Mormonism is a re-centring of Christianity away from these knowledge claims.

A re-centring of Christianity such that such matters are no longer at or near the centre of the faith; and instead a different focus on God conceptualized in a common sense and person-like, and Fatherly, and human-relational way – as being sufficient, less hazardous, more helpful, more accessible, more honest basis for the Christian faith and life – closer to the model of scripture including the teachings of Jesus.

-thus Bruce Charlton.  Read the whole thing.

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April 30th, 2015 10:30:54

The Self

April 22nd, 2015 by G.

The self is a myth to the self

-thus Chauncy Riddle

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April 22nd, 2015 09:12:35

What is Repentance?

April 22nd, 2015 by G.

Repentance is recognizing reality

from Bruce Charlton  (paraphrased)

One thing that quote means (not the only thing) is this: the reality is that sin is really bad.  Sinful, in fact.  Not least among the ways Christ made repentance possible through the atonement is simply by showing in his person how serious sin is.  Sin required the Son of God to suffer.  The human character is mostly incapable of taking a transgression seriously if it can simply be waved off.

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April 22nd, 2015 08:23:04

He Still Hasn’t Come? Aaargh!

April 21st, 2015 by G.

Interviewer: What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Freeman Dyson:“The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” I treasure it because some of my best friends are Mormons, and the book tells a dramatic story in a fine biblical style. The reader has to wait with growing tension almost until the end of the story to reach the final climax, when Jesus arrives in America and founds his second kingdom here.

Dyson can’t help being an original.

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April 21st, 2015 09:11:18

Wild Loves

April 21st, 2015 by G.

Wild loves are pollarded by time.

-thus Matthew Schmitz.

 

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April 21st, 2015 07:00:31

Twice Blessed

April 20th, 2015 by G.

We bring to every encounter our very essence. If we love and care and are concerned, those feelings go forth to bless others and return to bless you. You are twice blessed. Love is the greatest healing force and power in the universe.

-thus Chauncey Riddle

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April 20th, 2015 09:12:27

The Presence of God is Eternity

April 02nd, 2015 by G.

The presence of God is eternity. (more…)

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April 02nd, 2015 08:40:05

Calvin, Prophet of Anarcho-Tyranny

April 01st, 2015 by G.

Calvinball doesn’t suffer from to few rules.  It has too many.

Beyond a certain point, more rules means less order.

Calvinball, anarcho-tyranny, and Tainter’s Complexity-Collapse thesis are all kissing cousins.

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April 01st, 2015 07:40:48