I like the nightlife; I like to boogie

Hey, Bibliobloggers! Come to the DC bloggersnacker! Go here and pretend to look up the details! … [Read more...]

Bloggernacle Fantasy Football

Once again, I ask you...Are you ready for some football?If so, please let me know in the comments to this post. I will endeavor to kill the problems that plagued the league last year (which, I think, Ned Flanders won). I will also probably run it on Yahoo again, unless someone can convince me that some other free host is better. Please keep that in mind.So, leave a comment with your name and email address here (or send an email to faithpromotingrumor [at] gmail [dot] com). If we do not … [Read more...]

“I don’t think that word means what you think it means”: What is the sealing power, anyway?

The sealing power is an oft-discussed concept in LDS theology. It is used to describe the motivation of phenomena as diverse as divine intervention in weather patterns and the joining together of eternal families. As a result, definitions of the sealing power tend toward the vague side. Luckily, the Book of Mormon provides some insight into “sealing” and related terminology that allow us to write a potentially more helpful definition. As a result, the sealing power can be defined as the pow … [Read more...]

A hierarchy of scripture

A while ago, I wrote a post in which I speculated on how we rank the authority of our various sources of scripture. Serenity Valley's recent post on Mormon Theology at By Common Consent reminded me of that post and, so, I wanted to re-post it so as to invite more comments. Please follow the link and comment on the original post. Thank you. … [Read more...]

The Adversary, Reciprocity, and the Atonement: Part 2A, The Role of Agency

First, I must apologize for the long delay between the first and second installments of this series. I got busy and lazy simultaneously (a rather easy thing to accomplish, really) and I was stalling for time as my thoughts coalesced. Here's hoping what we got was distilled rather than excreted.In the first installment, we surveyed the information that we have regarding the nature of Satan's plan. There are two points on which all theories regarding the plan of the Adversary must agree as … [Read more...]

The Adversary, Reciprocity, and the Atonement: Part One, An attempt to recover Satan’s plan

I don't know about you, but I've spent a bit of time lately thinking about one of the big imponderables in Mormon theology: the acts of the Adversary in the Garden. If we believe that the plan was laid out in the grand, heavenly council, then the Adversary had to have known that he was playing into God's plan. Why would he do this, especially if the motivation that we always ascribe to him is to frustrate God's plan? Let's look at what we know. … [Read more...]

The New Me

After about a week of retirement, I have decided to come back (technically, it took less time than that). Honestly, I have conflicting emotions regarding my return, but I feel like this is the right thing for me right now (much to my own surprise, even).That said, I am moving away from using my own name. Not that I am ashamed of my writing here and not that I am ashamed of my association with you all, but I feel that such is in the best interests of my family. In any case, from here on out … [Read more...]

Renovations

Hello all. I am pleased and saddened to announce my retirement from the bloggernacle (at least until I get more time and motivation). I have been doing this for roughly one and a half years now and I have found it an enlightening and edifying experience, mostly. I have learned a lot here and I hope that I have given something back. The thing that makes it hardest to go is the knowledge that I am likely leaving mid-conversation. I know it will go on without me, but I would have liked to have … [Read more...]


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