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Albuquerque Phoenix Bloggersnacker

May 22, 2008 | 8 comments

If there is anyone in the Albuquerque area who reads this, you are invited to watch the Phoenix touch-down over at our place at 5 pm this Sunday. If all goes well, this would be the first successful Mars arctic landing and would potentially confirm the presence of water ice in the Martian north. For details, reply to this post and include a working email address in the email box of the commenting form. Bloggern who live elsewhere can watch the live feed here. Read more »

Vertical Farms for the City of Zion

May 19, 2008 | 9 comments

A while back I tried to imagine what a plan for the city of Zion would be like if we were imagining a great city instead of Joseph Smith’s town of 10,000. Read more »

Prince Caspian, a Review

May 19, 2008 | 24 comments

This movie was better than the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (reviewed here). Prince Caspian was a good movie. Read more »

Platonic hymn-singing

May 18, 2008 | 6 comments

We have a sick daughter–so going shifts, the lovely one and I, I went to another ward’s sacrament meeting, where we sang one of my favorite hymns. Read more »

California Judges Order Gay Marriage

May 15, 2008 | 169 comments

California’s Court has judicially mandated gay marriage. Read more »

Flour Gravy, Mother’s Day.

May 12, 2008 | 9 comments

On the sweetness of Mormon life: Read more »

How Notions of Government Inform Sexual Morality

May 6, 2008 | 13 comments

This is my impressionistic take on how ideas about government influence ideas about sexual morality. Read more »

The Myth of Evolution and the Myth of the Fall

April 24, 2008 | 47 comments

Noah Millman concedes that the science of evolution is not incompatible with the truth of Christianity. But, he argues, the myth of evolution is incompatible with the myth of Christianity. I think science does have implications for the persuasiveness of specific religious doctrines, simply as a psychological matter. And I think evolution through natural selection is extremely uncongenial to the central Christian story about the nature of sin and evil in the world. Why? Because the Christian story has the entry of strife into the world come about as the result of human sin, whereas the core idea behind... Read more »

Orbital Sacrament

April 23, 2008 | 7 comments

Kathleen Maughan Lind, Don Lind, Mormon Astronaut, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1985. 171-172: Read more »

Is Fiction Inherently Immoral?

April 18, 2008 | 69 comments

“The truest poetry is the most feigning.” Read more »

A Branch Dies on Easter

April 17, 2008 | 5 comments

I’m posting the following from Ray with his permission. Read more »

437 Children Taken from Cohab Parents

April 17, 2008 | 136 comments

By now you’ll have heard about the Mormon splinter sect in Texas that was accused of a forced, under-age marriage and how, in consequence, the state of Texas raided and took away all 416 437 kids. Read more »

No End to Race If You Could Hie to Kolob

April 8, 2008 | 77 comments

This conference I didn’t much like the choir’s new tune for If You Could Hie to Kolob so I thought over the words instead. “There is no end to race” got my attention. Read more »

Church Pranks

April 1, 2008 | 26 comments

Cub Scout Pack meeting on April Fools day means we leaders will be having a little fun. All in good taste of course. The fake dog-doo will be moderate and restrained. Read more »

God as a Character in His Own Play

March 28, 2008 | 15 comments

C.S. Lewis compared Christ’s birth to Shakespeare writing himself into one of his plays. He was attempting to explain the traditional Christian doctrine of the Incarnation. Read more »

Why Seek Ye the Living Among the Dead?

March 23, 2008 | no comments

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The God We Hold Hostage

March 20, 2008 | 20 comments

The Garden of Eden story doesn’t have a point. Read more »

Woefully Arrayed

March 19, 2008 | one comment

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116 Lost Pages and the Nature of the Atonement

March 18, 2008 | 36 comments

The last two Sundays, elders’ quorum has been about Joseph Smith and Martin Harris losing the 116 pages. Read more »

Missionary Loves His Twins, and Other Sunday Incidents

March 16, 2008 | 12 comments

On the sweetness of Mormon life Read more »

Christ is Lord; Audits are Inspired

March 9, 2008 | 7 comments

On the sweetness of Mormon life– Read more »

Contra Dance (on the sweetness of Mormon life)

March 3, 2008 | 27 comments

You remember that PBS special, where Givens kept talking about Mormons and dancing? The dancing bits got to my wife and me. We felt we were missing out on some good fun and our heritage. Read more »

Death before Dishonor: States of Grace review Part III

February 29, 2008 | 74 comments

A Spartan mother would reputedly tell her son to come back from battle with his shield or on it. If he came back with it, the shield meant he hadn’t fled from the enemy. Shields were too heavy to scamper with. If he came back on it, the shield was his stretcher or his hearse. Read more »

Estupid Rules! States of Grace review part II (spoilers)

February 29, 2008 | 24 comments

My Spaniard mission president was a puritan. “Obedezco pero no cumplo” wasn’t in his playbook. So my mission was pretty strict. Some of us missionaries objected–we were being forced to pay attention to the letter of the law instead of the spirit, the rules were mostly pointless anyway, sometimes they got in the way of doing good, etc. He broke out into English to make fun of us one time. “Estupid rules! Estupid rules!” He got us to laugh, which I guess was the point. Does States of Grace take sides between my mission president and his missionaries? We... Read more »


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