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Favorite Christmas Posts

December 17, 2007 | 5 comments

Reading bloggernacle Christmas posts each year is one way I observe Christmas. Read more »

“Falls, Gardens, Death”

December 14, 2007 | no comments

From the archives. This Christmas season I’ll be reposting a few favorite Christmas posts from the past. This first one is from December 18 of 2005 and may not make sense as a Christmas post until a later one I put up. I would appreciate that any substantive comments be left in the combox of the original post. I’m leaving this combox open for any technical comments or for comments on this introductory paragraph. (more…) Read more »

The Feast of Saint Tithing Settlement

December 13, 2007 | 53 comments

If Mormons had a liturgical year, the distinctively Mormon part of December would be tithing settlement, not a limp dutifulness like Joseph Smith’s birthday. Read more »


December 12, 2007 | 128 comments

I apologize to you unfortunates who don’t know the pure, sweet beauties of an obsession with politics. This post is not for you. Read more »

Even the Devils Also Believe in Themselves

December 5, 2007 | 28 comments

I was flipping through a book called The Secret at the bookstore. I don’t want to criticize the book itself too much, since I haven’t read it in detail. But there seem to be an awful lot of bestsellers, prosperity gospellers, and seminar gurus out there, all preaching that “you are the way, the truth, and the life.” Update: The definitive review here. Read more »

The Family Circle

December 2, 2007 | 13 comments

On the sweetness of Mormon life– We came a few minutes late to our small ward and could hardly find a spot to squeeze in. The chapel was full of family from the funeral on Wednesday and for today’s two baby blessings. Read more »

Martial Hymns

November 25, 2007 | 30 comments

A Canticle for Liebowitz has a remarkable scene where a priest tries to persuade a mother not to euthanize her radiation-poisoned child. He argues with her in front of the emergency euthanasia tents, under the gaze of a statue called “Mercy” that the emergency euthanasia authorities have erected. The statue is a copy of a copy of a copy of a Christus, each copy more androgynous, more passive and weak. Read more »


November 22, 2007 | 3 comments

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. The world, and all they that dwell therein. Read more »

Stem cells with promise

November 20, 2007 | 46 comments

Two different scientific teams have independently discovered they can convert normal human cells into “embryonic” stem cells without destroying or cloning embryos. For those of us who realize that “embryo” is just shorthand for an embryonic person, this is great news. See the NYT and the Washington Post Read more »

Churches of Iron and Clay

November 19, 2007 | 7 comments

I’m probably the last man on the Bloggernacle to realize that the the great stone which smashes to bits the statue in Daniel is not necessarily just a universal government. The stone is the gospel Kingdom, which is both spiritual and temporal. So it makes as much sense to compare parts of the statue to various churches and dispensations as it does to compare them to empires. Read more »

Sound Bite Mormonism

November 14, 2007 | 5 comments

What the conservative chattering class is chattering about the last few days is Jacques Barzun and his book From Dawn to Decadence . So it was no surprise to see Steve Sailor quote the book’s lessons. Here’s one lesson that piqued my Mormon interest. Read more »

The Right to Unrighteous Dominion

November 2, 2007 | 28 comments

Is it possible for someone not in a position of authority to practice unrighteous dominion? Read more »

Living in an Unjust State

November 1, 2007 | 54 comments

Suppose your government took an 11-year old child away from you–you’ve been his foster parents for two years–and put him in an institution. The reason? You’re Christians who believe homosexuality isn’t right. Read more »

I Had a Comrade

October 24, 2007 | 107 comments

By now you will have heard the news that J.K. Rowling herself has decided to preempt the Dumbledore slash fiction. She reveals that Dumbledore’s intense attraction to Grindelwald was homosexual attraction. Read more »

Get Some Sleep

October 23, 2007 | 17 comments

Anonymity isn’t the only reason the internet is quarrelsome. Read more »

Sordid Political Post for Mittheads and Anti-Mittheads

October 19, 2007 | 97 comments

Prominent evangelical conservatives are making Mitt Romney noises. Read more »

Private Chapels

October 16, 2007 | 51 comments

I have holy envy. I want a private chapel. I want stained glass, a pew, children kneeling, ritual, beauty, low murmurs, and I want it in my home. Read more »

Unto Him That Receiveth I Will Give More

October 8, 2007 | 27 comments

In General Conference we get to be a people, instead of just wards; we get spiritual refreshment in prayer, song, and preaching; and sometimes some personal answers. Read more »

Primary Program

September 30, 2007 | 17 comments

On the sweetness of Mormon life: Read more »

Porting the Sacrament

September 28, 2007 | 20 comments

Did you know Buzz Aldrin took Episcopalian communion on the moon? Read more »

We’re All Utah Mormons Now

September 26, 2007 | 45 comments

After we got to talking about temple attendance in Elders’ Quorum I mentioned Pushing Towards the Temple. Our high councilman was sitting in. He observed that whoever was pushing towards the temple, it wasn’t us. The major effect of the Church building a temple out here in our backyard is that we started taking the temple for granted, he said. We’re Utah Mormons now, he said. Read more »

The Cacophony of Heaven

September 25, 2007 | 62 comments

My wife and I cleverly decided to live in the same ward as my parents, so our small children only keep us from listening to about half of sacrament meeting. They were particularly well-behaved yesterday so I think I got in about 2/3s. Read more »

Happier, Healthier, and More Charitable

September 19, 2007 | 14 comments

A Venerable Bede links to several sources showing that at least in the United States, believers tend to be happier, healthier, and more charitable. The pseudonomyous Theodore Dalrymple has something similar to say. Read more »

Sacrament at Home

September 16, 2007 | 7 comments

On the sweetness of Mormon life: Read more »


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