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by deacon blues
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: My Interview with Brian Hauglid is Up!
Replies: 32
Views: 663

Re: My Interview with Brian Hauglid is Up!

The house divided against itself metaphor is very appropriate for a church that declared “some truths are not useful.” Until the church can embrace a God of Truth instead of a god of corporate expediency it will remain divided.
by deacon blues
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: RFM and Evangelicals. Out of the pan and into the fire?
Replies: 15
Views: 575

Re: RFM and Evangelicals. Out of the pan and into the fire?

Calvinism seems totally irrational to me. John Calvin was a product of his time, but I don’t understand why people still believe that stuff today.
by deacon blues
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Staying Faithful
Topic: My Mandala
Replies: 8
Views: 2475

Re: My Mandala

Check out this retreat: mandalacenter.com- my wife and I had a great experience there for the summer solstice.
by deacon blues
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: If I could ask them one question . . . Come Follow Me, Lesson 27
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: If I could ask them one question . . . Come Follow Me, Lesson 27

Parley Pratt took the BOM too seriously and tried to copy the Alma/Korihor encounter. Some time around 1837-38 he wrote a pamphlet in which he cursed LeRoy Sutherland, a BOM critic that he would be unable to write. It did not come to pass. I can’t remember the details but you can look it up. I was d...
by deacon blues
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Biblical scholarship vs the Book of Mormon
Replies: 33
Views: 1173

Re: Biblical scholarship vs the Book of Mormon

That's a fascinating perspective John. About what year would you think that Mark was written?
by deacon blues
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The word eloheim.
Replies: 4
Views: 220

The word eloheim.

Joseph Smith argues: " In the very beginning (Gen. 1:1)the Bible shows there is a plurality of Gods beyond the power of refutation. It is a great subject I am dwelling on. the word "eloheim" ought to be in the plural all the way through- Gods. The heads of the Gods appointed one God for us; and when...
by deacon blues
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Support
Topic: What’s the future of anti-Mormonism look like?
Replies: 36
Views: 1110

Re: What’s the future of anti-Mormonism look like?

What does everyone think the future of anti-Mormonism looks like? ... So what is next? More individual’s stepping up to agitate for change? What issues would they agitate for to change? I personally wouldn't be surprised to see some of the current crop of (podcast) agitators go by the wayside. A ta...
by deacon blues
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: The Cataclysm Sentence
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: The Cataclysm Sentence

For voters in 1828: "A vote for Andrew Jackson is a vote for racism- vote for John Quincy Adams."

For southern slave owners and politicians: "You may either give up your slaves or your children will lose a war trying to keep them."
by deacon blues
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Bendar Feels Attacked
Replies: 38
Views: 1410

Re: Bendar Feels Attacked

Behold thy brother hath said, What shall we do?—for we are cast out of our synagogues, that we cannot worship our God. Behold I say unto you, do ye suppose that ye cannot worship God save it be in your synagogues only? Right On! :D :lol: I could be wrong but I think when we get to the other side Go...
by deacon blues
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Another Abuse Lawsuit
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: Another Abuse Lawsuit

Your anecdotes point out what is still wrong with the Church's policies. Thanks for sharing.
by deacon blues
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The 1st First Vision account and Enos
Replies: 5
Views: 505

The 1st First Vision account and Enos

I think it is likely that Joseph Smith had some kind of spiritual experience around 1820-21. I think the 1832(?) account coupled with D&C 20:5 is evidence that something happened. I also think the account of Enos's prayer in the BOM could be autobiographical- that it is a description of what Joseph ...
by deacon blues
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Frustrated/ambivalent about parent relationship
Replies: 16
Views: 647

Re: Frustrated/ambivalent about parent relationship

....And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.-- John Lennon (Who may not have been the best example of this, but he wrote some nice songs.)
by deacon blues
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Bruce R. McConkie - REDACTED
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Re: Bruce R. McConkie - REDACTED

Wow!

This is fascinating. Any idea who edited it, and who might have had to approve it? Surely it was done after McConkie died?

I might add that, according to Elder McConkie my "Divine Parable" is a satire that shows I have the intellect of an ant, and the understanding of a clod. :oops: ;)
by deacon blues
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: A Divine Parable Part 2
Replies: 0
Views: 93

A Divine Parable Part 2

THE FIFTH DAY Cal: Hey friends, it’s almost the weekend. (wink) El: (whew) I’ll be glad when this week is over. My fifth day has been murder, literally. I not only had my Messiah die, I had thousands of my chosen children- Israel- die as well. Then Roman Empire leveled my Jerusalem temple- the only ...
by deacon blues
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: A Divine Parable Part 1
Replies: 0
Views: 94

A Divine Parable Part 1

A Divine Parable For theists a divine parable, or for atheists and agnostics- Science Fiction. (Or Something I Dreamed Last Night.) Written: 2/28/2020, 3/1/2020, 4/20/2020, 6/1/2020, 6/4/2020, and a few days in between. Is this the best of all possible worlds? Or could Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (164...
by deacon blues
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Biblical scholarship vs the Book of Mormon
Replies: 33
Views: 1173

Re: Biblical scholarship vs the Book of Mormon

One of the things that led to my disaffection was how easily LDS teachers and authors dismissed and criticized centuries of Bible scholarship as the work of a bunch of lightweight morons or intentional deceivers, yet they were quick to embrace the most shallow conference talk or Ensign article as g...
by deacon blues
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Bruce Porter Stuff Again
Replies: 22
Views: 647

Re: Bruce Porter Stuff Again

:lol:
wtfluff wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:40 pm
Egyptian Freemasons? Ha! (Like the Freemasons invented the compass and the square.)

Call me when they find some stringy Egyptian baker's hats, veils, and some fake green silk "aprons."
Yeah, this. :P
by deacon blues
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Inspiration, revelation, and creativity.
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Inspiration, revelation, and creativity.

Interesting story. We are each unique. I have heard stories of artists from writers (Victor Hugo) to composers (George Handel)say things like “I don’t know where it- the idea or inspiration for the piece- came from; But it seemed to come from outside of the conscious mind.” When Russell Nelson or B...
by deacon blues
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Inspiration, revelation, and creativity.
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Inspiration, revelation, and creativity.

Interesting story. We are each unique. I have heard stories of artists from writers (Victor Hugo) to composers (George Handel)say things like “I don’t know where it- the inspiration for the piece- came from. But it seemed to come from outside of the conscious mind.” When Russell Nelson or Boyd Ricks...
by deacon blues
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Inspiration, revelation, and creativity.
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Inspiration, revelation, and creativity.

What does the unconscious have to do with creativity? I've been recently working on two creative projects that were both inspired by dreams. At least one of those dreams may have been triggered by a movie I watched the night before. Am I receiving revelation? Shades of Russell Nelson! Is my unconsci...