The pro-family rhetoric of the average LDS ward: "... unreflective backslapping and demonization of the other." (Dave) http://patheos.com/blogs/saltandseed/… ... See MoreSee Less
Calling it "the best high council talk ever" might sound like damning with faint praise, but this is a really good talk anyway. (Julie) ... See MoreSee Less
Former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler joins LDS Church (Kent)http://www.standard.net/Faith/2015/04/20/Harry-Reid-helps-former-senator-join-Mormon-church.html ... See MoreSee Less
At the revamped and upgraded Mormon Metaphysics, Clark weighs in on postmodern apologetics. It's a double-edged sword. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
What do we know about Heavenly Mother? (Alison) ... See MoreSee Less
$.99 Easter Sale - "Grace Is Not God's Backup Plan" (Adam) ... See MoreSee Less
Jack reviews a postmodern critique of Christian apologetics. Yes, it is relevant to Mormon apologetics -- same tune, different words. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
No rest for the righteous in Mormon heaven. Jana R does April 1. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
Ross Douthat on where the religious freedom debate is going. He suggests the ground is shifting beneath our feet. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
Things you won't hear in Conference: "Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about the existence of God." Actually, I think the Guardian story is unfairly representing the tone and import of the Archbishop's remarks -- read it yourself and decide. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
I have a theory. What do you think? (Alison) ... See MoreSee Less
Privilege and the Family http://wp.me/porgd-8Ch ... See MoreSee Less
Part 2: FPR on how the BYU AVP's unfettered discretion undermines academic freedom and merit hiring. Example: publish in Dialogue and you can't even get an interview. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
"Our society’s information environment steers the public to view conflicts as just a part of a bigger culture war, a battle of winner-takes-all in which there is only ever one right and one wrong, and where the only answer to any question is either “yes” or “no.” Such polarizing only hardens our hearts and coarsens our reason." (Julie) ... See MoreSee Less
FPR looks at BYU's Statement Against Academic Freedom. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
I don’t have any belief in real effects caused by Friday the 13th. (Other than in Nethack, of course). But it is a fun reminder of more superstitious days and beliefs. Or is it something more?
In any case, happy Friday the 13th!
As I said below, I consider Friday the 13ths to be lucky days. Or, at least, days on which I have good reason to hope that I’ll get lucky.
It’s something more. My understanding is that it was the day that the Knights Templar were wiped out by Phillip in 1307, which is where the “bad luck” tradition started. The Inquisition was typically very bad luck. Nobody expects the Spanish — er, French — Inquisition.
All the best with that, Russell!
I, however, have the unmitigated bad luck on having my non-member pain-in-the-hindquarters mother-in-law visiting today (day 9 of 14), so the only lucky I’ll be getting is bad lucky.
Hmmm. There are tornadoes in the area today. Wonder if she’ll put her striped socks on and step outside…
Oh! Be nice, Chad Too: remember: families are _forever_.
We passed _forever_ on day 6…
I forgot the smilie ;-).
No one should take any of this seriously, btw. Just a little standard issue joshing at the mother-in-law’s expense.
Yet, Wednesday can’t come soon enough.
I always buy my wife a small gift on Friday the 13th.
My 13th birthday was on a Friday the 13th.
My 58th birthday (and 5 + 8 = 13!) will be on a Friday the 13th in the year 2013.
I hope I live to see it!
Nethack. This is like, the first time since high school I have ever heard another Mormon refer to nethack.
My mom was born on a Friday the 13th, so she thinks they’re especially lucky. And my little sisters play Nethack…