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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

That Which I Would Do, I Do not.

March 29th, 2015 by G.

Our souls peep-out through a personality and set of abilities and habits which are, to some extent, arbitrary and alien – and what this superficial self wants and what it does can be (and can become) very different indeed from what the innermost soul aspires to.

-thus Bruce Charlton

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March 29th, 2015 07:04:01

A Measured Take on Game

March 26th, 2015 by G.

There is no real defense of “pick-up artistry” from the standpoint of someone who takes the idea of community, much less the idea of morality, seriously. Trawling bars and nightclubs, plying young women with “cold openers” and drinks, securing one night stands and upping your “notch count”—these are empty and hedonistic pursuits. They’re disfiguring to the souls of everyone involved.

. . . .

Even in the crassest forums of the PUAs you can occasionally see glimpses of impulses worth salvaging, worth encouraging even. There are people attracted to “game” simply because they are tired of being sadsack losers who have no control over their own fortunes, romantic or otherwise. You have young men groping for some sense of personal agency, of personal efficacy. That’s not an unworthy gesture.

-thus John Glanton

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March 26th, 2015 12:18:52

Mercy and Misery

March 16th, 2015 by G.

Divine mercy is often a case of making the unbearable just bearable.


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March 16th, 2015 12:57:48

Good Deeds Pierce the Veil

March 07th, 2015 by G.

It is night.  You are laying in bed.  The rising moon makes your curtains glow with a faint luminance.  Your mind and body are at rest.  You hear your wife breath in slow rhythm.  You think she is asleep. (more…)

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March 07th, 2015 09:18:01

Lileks on social media

February 23rd, 2015 by Vader

Anyway: it worries me a little that “blogs are dying,” because if so we lose the idea of a place where people speak their piece, as oppose to speak in pieces.

While most blogs weren’t deathless examples of great writing, there was the opportunity for individualism, and you don’t get that from a Pinterest page. You don’t get it from a feed of things snipped and reblogged and pinned and shoveled into The Feed. The web turns into bushels of confetti shoveled into a jet engine, and while something does emerge out the other end, it’s usually made impressive by its velocity and volume, not the shape it makes.

–James Lileks

This makes me think of what Jaron Lanier described as the hive mind.

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February 23rd, 2015 10:17:37

All Fail, Some Succeed

February 19th, 2015 by G.

The basic problem with all mortal lives is death – and that is why from a purely mortal perspective all lives must be seen as a failure.

Some lives are a success when considered from the context of eternity.

-thus Bruce Charlton.  If you limit yourself to only one internet read this week, make it the essay I pulled that from.  It captures the mix in life: how sometimes we seem to be living in the middle of light, and sometimes it all seems like dirt and unhappiness.

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February 19th, 2015 12:11:15

The problem with ceasefires

February 19th, 2015 by Vader

We cease, they fire.

–Bernard Lewis

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February 19th, 2015 11:20:28