Sunday in Outer Blogness: The Empire Keeps Striking Back Edition!
they want to teach missionaries how to protect themselves from pornography while they are on their mission, so they can know how to avoid it when they go home. They are focusing on working inside â€“ outâ€¦changing the hearts and minds of the missionary, which will them help them use technology during and after their mission.
The reboot has been titled “Repent, Refresh, and Restart”. I am guessing that translates to “Learning to use anonymous proxies and incognito windows” considering the CoJCoL-dS’s talent for information control.
The Meg Stout saga continues with a challenge and analysis of her algorithm, plus a personal example illustrating the use of evidence. And Runtu has started posting some primary-source transcripts about polygamy and sex.
L. Thomas posted a personal list of reasons why “the middle way” sucks:
Church leaders donâ€™t want you to talk about â€œdoubtsâ€ or new beliefs you have developed during a faith transition. Make no mistake, while the Church has released statements that itâ€™s okay to doubt, theyâ€™ve also said that youâ€™re not allowed to try and convince others of your point of view. You may think that your new belief is beautiful and based on the scriptures, but if you share any of those beliefs too broadly you could get accused of apostasy, which is an excommunicable offense. Because Mormon Doctrine is never actually defined you never know when a belief of yours is going to be on your local leadersâ€™ no-no list. I once bore my testimony in church about how I had experience with being discouraged about the church at times, and that if others had any problems they could talk to me. My bishop called me into his office and asked if I was trying to start an apostate group.
In other Mormon-land news, Free BYU just sent over 230 third party comments to the NWCCU, will be reviewed as part of BYU’s accreditation renewal in April — I contributed one myself! Then we have new hymns, good questions, a snarky response to John Dehlin’s appeal, advice for those with TBM spouses, Mormons having fun, nevermos having Mormon fun and adventures in cognitive dissonance:
Therefore, despite knowing that the church was true and that dinosaurs existedâ€¦I blamed this seemingly unreconcilable conflict on the unreliability of science. It also caused me to buy into ridiculous LDS apologetics to explain away the dilemmaâ€¦ the false apologetic idea that dinosaur bones had been parts of other worldsâ€¦gathered together during the earths creation. This is why they existedâ€¦they never actually had lived on our earthâ€¦but had lived on an alien planet whoâ€™s part had been used by God to form our own earth. As bizarre as it seems nowâ€¦I was taught this in Seminary and Sunday School and sadly I believed itâ€¦why? Because the church was true god damit.
B. Hodges wrote a few confessions to people whoâ€™ve left the church which Andrew S appreciated and analysed.
My question is how much wine did Laman have? In order to get every last Lamanite guard drunk enough, there would have to have been a lot. Laman did have an unspecified number of men with him (how, exactly, did the Lamanites not notice they were white?), but there’s no mention of whether any kind of vehicle or beast of burden was present to transport the alcohol. I find it hard to believe that these “escaped prisoners” would have walked all the way from Bountiful each carrying a barrel of wine.
Matthew 11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
11:3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
It’s a bit odd that John seems uncertain about Jesus. He was supposedly present for the baptism and the dove and the voice from heaven, so you think he’d have made his mind up somehowâ€¦ oops, unless those things were later insertions like so much of the New Testament.
Till next week folks — watch out for the excommunicator! 😉 And happy reading!