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The Trickster God

September 12th, 2016 by MC

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The story of Adam and Eve, Mormonly understood, makes a mockery of the idea of salvation under the Law.

The standard Christian view is that Adam and Eve were given a strict commandment not to eat the fruit, the Serpent tricked them into eating it, so God in his anger cast them out of Eden. The Mormon view is that Adam and Eve were given two commandments which could not both be fulfilled, so one (don’t eat the fruit), had to give way to the higher one (multiply and replenish the Earth). Adam fell that men might be.

Elder Oaks explained, more clearly than I can ever hope to, the Mormon belief that what Adam and Eve did was a “transgression,” not a “sin”:

For reasons that have not been revealed, this transition, or “fall,” could not happen without a transgression—an exercise of moral agency amounting to a willful breaking of a law (see Moses 6:59). This would be a planned offense, a formality to serve an eternal purpose.

The obvious theological objection to our doctrine would be: “God is perfect and perfectly just, so why would he give a commandment knowing that it could not be fulfilled? How is that fair?” As Elder Oaks says, the need for such a transgression has never been fully explained, and I admit that this one used to bug me a little when I was younger. Eventually I shrugged it off; it was a one-off deal, so why think too hard about it?

Then I served a mission, got married, had kids, and realized that God gives impossible commandments all the time. (more…)

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September 12th, 2016 07:01:23

The Wars of the Gods

July 09th, 2015 by G.

In normative versions of the creation story, Adam and Eve at first don’t recognize Satan when they meet him in the Garden. Later, as a consequence of his actions, he is exposed.   But then, curiously, when expelled from the Garden, they again don’t recognize him.

I think that is a signal that we are supposed to consider Adam and Eve’s after-garden experience as part of a pattern that repeats itself, the pattern that first took place in the Garden. (more…)

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July 09th, 2015 08:30:16

Is Torture Good?

June 09th, 2015 by G.

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June 09th, 2015 11:16:31

Repentance is Suicide

May 01st, 2015 by MC

 

The fear of change is the fear of death. They are not similar fears; they are the same fear, only manifested in different circumstances. (more…)

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May 01st, 2015 01:11:51

Fallen Creation

February 18th, 2015 by G.

Nature is a divine revelation for which we only have a corrupted text.

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February 18th, 2015 12:50:58

Awake in the Night Land

April 14th, 2014 by G.

The Last Redoubt

John C. Wright’s book Awake in the Night Land is out.

I can’t really express how good it is. This is a book that I will be rereading and thinking about for the rest of my life. It is a book that made my eyes shine when my wife walked into the room. It is touched with holiness. (more…)

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April 14th, 2014 10:08:26

Failure is not an Option

April 10th, 2014 by The Junior Ganymede

Failure is not an option. It comes bundled.

-Thus Vader.

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April 10th, 2014 10:41:49

800,000 Dead, Maybe. Oops

January 23rd, 2014 by G.

We can’t choose when we’re going to screw up, and we can’t choose the size of the fall-out when we do, either.

The meta-meaning of the Garden of Eden story is that, this side of omniscience and omnipotence, to act is to err. Not acting is also an error.

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January 23rd, 2014 12:48:51

I Saw Enrico Fermi, Riding on a Pale Horse

December 16th, 2013 by G.

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This post is about how one physicist’s casual question over a lunch table may be the first faint note of the last trump, for those who have ears to hear. (more…)

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December 16th, 2013 13:25:20

Germany, 1914, was Playing for World Domination

November 12th, 2013 by G.

The frightening truth of WWI is that it wasn’t an avoidable mistake.  History is not inevitable.  It gives us a choice: sometimes the choice is to go under or to bleed past endurance.  We knew that lesson before and we will learn it again at the Ben Franklin School for the Education of the Unwise, where the tuition is free and the cost is very high.

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November 12th, 2013 05:43:38

Orion

October 01st, 2013 by G.

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October 01st, 2013 13:43:04

Mormonism and Evolution: the Marriage of Christ and Darwin

September 19th, 2013 by G.

Darwin_Fish_by_deaddamien People who accept evolution sometimes use it as a tool to decide whether religion is true or not. People who accept the gospel sometimes also use it as a tool to decide whether evolution can be true or not. People who accept evolution sometimes also use it as a tool to interpret religion–religion, they argue, must offer evolutionary benefits, since it is so widespread. These are all examples of treating either the gospel or evolutionary biology as true and putting the other in the dock.

But what if you treat both as true? (more…)

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September 19th, 2013 14:10:36

Every Poet Holds These Dogmas

May 14th, 2013 by G.

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May 14th, 2013 12:22:01