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I would like to address the subjects of sorrow, misery, joy, happiness, peace, and love, and present a fresh perspective on how each of these terms relate to each other. I think it may be possible that we often misunderstand… [click to read more]

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I believe that, usually without realizing it, we sometimes adopt the philosophy of hedonism, which is the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of individual desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life. There… [click to read more]

Perelandra Thoughts 3: Agency

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I’m continually fascinated by the continuing insights in C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra. I hope you’ll indulge me as I continue to share fascinating passages and thoughts. Although, I much prefer you read the book itself, I’m sharing them here in case… [click to read more]

The Rich and the Poor

Posted on November 11, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Today, I read in the Doctrine and Covenants about class envy and class pride. At least, that’s how I interpret it. If any of you have another interpretation, let me know! In the passage, Christ rebukes many of the Saints for how… [click to read more]

No Such Thing as Humble Sin

Posted on November 6, 2012 by Shelby Thayne

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Recently, my husband and I have been studying on the topic of humility. As we’ve been searching and pondering on this topic, I’ve been trying to think about the role of humility–and the opposite role of pride–in my daily life…. [click to read more]

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I would like to address the subjects of sorrow, misery, joy, happiness, peace, and love, and present a fresh perspective on how each of these terms relate to each other. I think it may be possible that we often misunderstand… [click to read more]

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I believe that, usually without realizing it, we sometimes adopt the philosophy of hedonism, which is the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of individual desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life. There… [click to read more]

Evaluating Common Explanations

Posted on March 6, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Some explanations of spiritual death are more specific than others. Recap: There are two types of spiritual death. Temporal separation is caused by the Fall of Adam and Eve, and it is overcome unconditionally for everyone at the… [click to read more]

Updating the Chapter Headings in the Book of Mormon

Posted on December 17, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In 2004, the Brethren arranged to have the Book of Mormon published and distributed by an independent, major publisher, Doubleday. It was an exciting development in the area of scripture publication. The scriptural text of this new edition… [click to read more]

What King Benjamin Actually Says

Posted on March 9, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson King Benjamin actually did not say the Lord always requires us to give to beggars regardless of the circumstances. Recap: Some Latter-day Saints read Benjamin’s sermon in Mosiah 4 and conclude that we must always give money to… [click to read more]

How Stunt Kites Do Cool Tricks

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Implications 5: Freedom Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “Astronauts without Planets,” I described two competing paradigms about the nature of self and autonomy or agency. The first paradigm, Self-interest, assumes that selves are inherently separate, and thus free will… [click to read more]

The Essence of Marriage

Posted on May 17, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson The continuing public debate over the definition of marriage has led many people to ask questions about marriage that they may have never thoroughly considered before. Many informative and thought-provoking pieces have been written on these questions, and… [click to read more]

Astronauts without Planets

Posted on September 29, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post (Restored Doctrines and Free Will), I explained that the Lord apparently revealed the doctrine that intelligence has always existed in order to help us understand how it is possible that we have agency. Because… [click to read more]

Missiles and Revelation

Posted on May 28, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne My friend Nathan brought to my attention a pedagogically useful example that illustrates an idea I have tried to convey in the past. Consider for a moment that we are testing a missile, and have predicted the precise… [click to read more]

Six Doctrinal Errors Related to Spiritual Death

Posted on May 1, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson What kinds of unintended errors can arise when we conflate the two types of spiritual death? Recap: Many explanations of spiritual death ignore the distinction between the two kinds of separation, mixing elements of one kind (e.g., cause)… [click to read more]

Intelligent Design and Psychology

Posted on March 17, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson What do arguments against intelligent design have to do with psychology? I’ll level with you—this post isn’t really about Intelligent Design (ID). It’s about the philosophy of science, and what rejecting Intelligent Design as a science implies about… [click to read more]

Restored Doctrines and Free Will

Posted on August 27, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson There is a classic problem in religious philosophy that I want to introduce and briefly address: the problem of free will. A lot of people who are a lot wiser than I have talked about this over the… [click to read more]

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I would like to address the subjects of sorrow, misery, joy, happiness, peace, and love, and present a fresh perspective on how each of these terms relate to each other. I think it may be possible that we often misunderstand… [click to read more]

Explore

I believe that, usually without realizing it, we sometimes adopt the philosophy of hedonism, which is the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of individual desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life. There… [click to read more]

Explore

I would like to address the subjects of sorrow, misery, joy, happiness, peace, and love, and present a fresh perspective on how each of these terms relate to each other. I think it may be possible that we often misunderstand… [click to read more]

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I believe that, usually without realizing it, we sometimes adopt the philosophy of hedonism, which is the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of individual desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life. There… [click to read more]

For thousands of years, it had been prophesied amongst the Israelites that God Himself would one day personally visit the earth and walk among men. Around two thousand years ago, in fulfillment of these prophecies, a man whom the Hebrews… [click to read more]

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I believe that, usually without realizing it, we sometimes adopt the philosophy of hedonism, which is the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of individual desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life. There… [click to read more]

For thousands of years, it had been prophesied amongst the Israelites that God Himself would one day personally visit the earth and walk among men. Around two thousand years ago, in fulfillment of these prophecies, a man whom the Hebrews… [click to read more]

Explore

I would like to address the subjects of sorrow, misery, joy, happiness, peace, and love, and present a fresh perspective on how each of these terms relate to each other. I think it may be possible that we often misunderstand… [click to read more]

For thousands of years, it had been prophesied amongst the Israelites that God Himself would one day personally visit the earth and walk among men. Around two thousand years ago, in fulfillment of these prophecies, a man whom the Hebrews… [click to read more]

Explore

I believe that, usually without realizing it, we sometimes adopt the philosophy of hedonism, which is the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of individual desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life. There… [click to read more]

Explore

I would like to address the subjects of sorrow, misery, joy, happiness, peace, and love, and present a fresh perspective on how each of these terms relate to each other. I think it may be possible that we often misunderstand… [click to read more]

Perelandra Thoughts 3: Agency

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

0

I’m continually fascinated by the continuing insights in C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra. I hope you’ll indulge me as I continue to share fascinating passages and thoughts. Although, I much prefer you read the book itself, I’m sharing them here in case… [click to read more]

The Rich and the Poor

Posted on November 11, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Today, I read in the Doctrine and Covenants about class envy and class pride. At least, that’s how I interpret it. If any of you have another interpretation, let me know! In the passage, Christ rebukes many of the Saints for how… [click to read more]

No Such Thing as Humble Sin

Posted on November 6, 2012 by Shelby Thayne

0

Recently, my husband and I have been studying on the topic of humility. As we’ve been searching and pondering on this topic, I’ve been trying to think about the role of humility–and the opposite role of pride–in my daily life…. [click to read more]

The Danger of Goodness

Posted on November 6, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I found a fascinating quote by C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity, in which he describes God as “the only comfort” but also “the supreme terror.” God is the “thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide… [click to read more]

"The Covenant Is Not All Fulfilled"

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Some time ago, I posted my witness that the Savior Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah promised to ancient prophets, and my personal Redeemer. Today, I would like to reiterate that witness. For thousands of years, it… [click to read more]

Evaluating Common Explanations

Posted on March 6, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Some explanations of spiritual death are more specific than others. Recap: There are two types of spiritual death. Temporal separation is caused by the Fall of Adam and Eve, and it is overcome unconditionally for everyone at the… [click to read more]

Updating the Chapter Headings in the Book of Mormon

Posted on December 17, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In 2004, the Brethren arranged to have the Book of Mormon published and distributed by an independent, major publisher, Doubleday. It was an exciting development in the area of scripture publication. The scriptural text of this new edition… [click to read more]

What King Benjamin Actually Says

Posted on March 9, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson King Benjamin actually did not say the Lord always requires us to give to beggars regardless of the circumstances. Recap: Some Latter-day Saints read Benjamin’s sermon in Mosiah 4 and conclude that we must always give money to… [click to read more]

How Stunt Kites Do Cool Tricks

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

0

Implications 5: Freedom Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “Astronauts without Planets,” I described two competing paradigms about the nature of self and autonomy or agency. The first paradigm, Self-interest, assumes that selves are inherently separate, and thus free will… [click to read more]

The Essence of Marriage

Posted on May 17, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

0

Nathan Richardson The continuing public debate over the definition of marriage has led many people to ask questions about marriage that they may have never thoroughly considered before. Many informative and thought-provoking pieces have been written on these questions, and… [click to read more]

Astronauts without Planets

Posted on September 29, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post (Restored Doctrines and Free Will), I explained that the Lord apparently revealed the doctrine that intelligence has always existed in order to help us understand how it is possible that we have agency. Because… [click to read more]

Missiles and Revelation

Posted on May 28, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne My friend Nathan brought to my attention a pedagogically useful example that illustrates an idea I have tried to convey in the past. Consider for a moment that we are testing a missile, and have predicted the precise… [click to read more]

Six Doctrinal Errors Related to Spiritual Death

Posted on May 1, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

25

Nathan Richardson What kinds of unintended errors can arise when we conflate the two types of spiritual death? Recap: Many explanations of spiritual death ignore the distinction between the two kinds of separation, mixing elements of one kind (e.g., cause)… [click to read more]

Intelligent Design and Psychology

Posted on March 17, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson What do arguments against intelligent design have to do with psychology? I’ll level with you—this post isn’t really about Intelligent Design (ID). It’s about the philosophy of science, and what rejecting Intelligent Design as a science implies about… [click to read more]

Restored Doctrines and Free Will

Posted on August 27, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson There is a classic problem in religious philosophy that I want to introduce and briefly address: the problem of free will. A lot of people who are a lot wiser than I have talked about this over the… [click to read more]