The Rules and The Source

Take a moment and think about Dungeons and Dragons. Did any of you play this game as children? Are you Satanists now? Just curious...I played D&D (or AD&D, at the time) quite a bit growing up. The guy who was our regular DM (ie. the dude who ran the game) always tried to straddle the line between strict adherance to the rules and fudging them to make it the game funner for those participating. We had two kids who consistently went out of control. One who would go off and play … [Read more...]

Historical Mormon Smackdown: FARMS Edition

A quickie (I am very busy of late):Who do you think best exemplifies the spirit of FARMS: Jack Welch or Daniel Peterson?Vote away! … [Read more...]

The Idiot Mormon’s Guide to Orthodox Christianity, Part 1

Okay, as many of you know, the terminologies employed by both Mormons and orthodox Christians (hereafter “Christians” for brevity’s sake) are identical in form, but often different in meaning. Since getting the word out to our neighbors in the form of missionary work is one of the three essentials to the overall mission of the Mormon church (the other two being perfecting the saints and redeeming the dead), I thought I’d share with you some of the common vocabulary employed by both sides, but at … [Read more...]

I Ain’t Got No Body

Okay, enough of these posts on things that can actually have an effect on our daily lives! I need instead to delve into the mysteries, to things I can't possibly know, and don't need to know, you know?I was reading 3rd Nephi recently, and finally hit the verse that I had previously assumed was mere theory within the church. It seemed like Authoritative theory, but I still thought there might be some wiggle room. Nope. This verse pretty much clears up who the God of the Old Testament was. Ok, … [Read more...]

Teaching, Learning, the 1,000 little changes, and the nature of exaltation/atonement

This is in response to the gauntlet that was thrown down by Geoff J (although I should note that he was only responding to my gauntlet).In his parable of the piano, Geoff is trying to negotiate the roles of the individual spiritual agent in relation to the role of God in the Atonement and Exaltation (I am in the camp that believes (as apparently Geoff agrees) that one cannot successfully talk about one without invoking the other). Specifically, God gives everyone a piano that they could not … [Read more...]

CallingAndElectionMadeSure (CAEMS)

I considered tacking this onto the end of David J.'s welcome post (of which I am trying not to be covetous of his responses.)John C. made an allusion to my unusual religious upbringing; well, here it will be revealed in this system of things. (hint)When reading about the Second Anointing, the topic of "Calling and Election made sure" featured prominently. When I was investigating the church, I had heard the phrase, and it sounded pretty much like the topic title. All one word and completely … [Read more...]

Metaphorical Mormon Smackdown: Iron Rod Edition!

Well, as usual, my inspiration for posts comes from BCC. I was going to discuss the merits of the seer stone vs. the Urim and Thummim, but I just wasn't as inspired as I was by this idea. Go with me on it.What metaphor more accurately describes the Iron Rod from 1st Nephi 8: a handrail or a divining rod?Hand rail: well, the thing extends along a river and a path and people are supposed to hold onto it. What more do you want?Divining Rod: (I admit I am cribbing this idea from this) I … [Read more...]

Hagia Sophia

When we were considering what to name our first child, whom we thought would be a girl, we briefly discussed the name Sophia. I like the name for what it means and also for the biblical (and possible Canaanite) imagery surrounding it. My wife, Tana, did not particularly like the name however. When I asked why, she responded that she could see kids teasing our future child, taunting with names like "Hagia Sophia, Hagia Sophia".After some time and some perspective, she withdrew her … [Read more...]