Narnia

I saw Narnia last evening and quite enjoyed it. There's a few differences from the book, but they seem to have been included in an effort to take advantage of the difference between movies and books. I was particularly curious to see how the violence associated with the death of Aslan would be portrayed in view of the intended (child or child-like) audience.Afterwards, three things struck me:Edmund goes through most of the rationalizations for cooperating with evil, from rank … [Read more...]

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When Did Jesus Die? (Year)

Or when was he born, because the two questions are not unrelated. … [Read more...]

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When Did Jesus Die? (Date)

This is where things get interesting from the historical-critical perspective. None of the Gospels actually specifies the date. All of them talk about the time frame under discussion in terms of the Passover, and the Synoptics mention Unleavened Bread. However, it is important to remember that the Synoptics never say that Jesus died on Passover. Talk of Passover and Unleavened Bread in the Synoptics is always done with respect to the meal we now call the Last Supper. By the time the events … [Read more...]

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Historical Mormon Smackdown: Multiple spouse edition!

Okay folks, back to the show!What is the more personally disturbing form of plural marriage to you: Polygyny vs. Polyandry?Vote early, but don't...er...vote often.ed. corrected per will's suggestion (polygamy equates with polygyny for the purpose of the poll, though). … [Read more...]

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When Did Jesus Die ? (Day)

We have looked at what the Gospels have to say about the time that Jesus died in a post below. In this one, we take the next step and look at what they say about the day of the week.Mk 15:42 is clear that Jesus died on the day before the Sabbath (PROSABBATON). Mt 27:62 and 28:1 indicate that day after Jesus’ death was the Sabbath. Lk 23:54 says that Jesus was buried on the “preparation,” that is, the day before the Sabbath. Jn 19:31 says that precautions were taken to ensure that Jesus’ corp … [Read more...]

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When Did Jesus Die? (Hour)

When did Jesus die? The Gospels do not provide a single, unambiguous, answer.This issue may be most easily addressed by breaking it down into more specific questions:what hour of the day? what day of the week? what date in the month? what year?Hour of the DayThe Synoptics write that Jesus was near death by the ninth hour (Mk 15:34; Mt 27:46; Lk 23:44). In the Fourth Gospel, Jesus is before Pilate at the sixth hour (Jn 19:14). The most common way of counting the hours was to begin … [Read more...]

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The Idiot Mormon’s Guide to Orthodox Christianity, Part 2

The responses to part 1 were great. Here are some additional things I've observed that are noteworthy. Again, for brevity's sake, I may have referred to non-Mormons as "Christians," so I expect everybody to be on the same page with that. As with part one, sometimes these are terms we use that will sound strange to Christians, and sometimes these are terms they use that will sound strange to us. Enjoy.1. Gethsemane. To Christians, it appears as though we attribute virtually all of Christ’s s … [Read more...]

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Millenial Model?

If it is appropriate to take the events and calamities leading up to the death and resurrection of Christ in the Book of Mormon as a model for the period prior to the second coming, is it then appropriate to take the events of 3rd Nephi 11-4th Nephi 1:18 as a model for the millenium? … [Read more...]

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