Monthly Archives: August 2011

Mormonism: Monastic, or Pragmatic?

The LDS church is very unpopular with homosexuals these days.  I work with several gays and it’s been difficult to find ways to explain my beliefs to them and others who sympathize with the gay agenda.  I myself have also … Continue reading

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Paul Gaugin and the Beauty of a Fallen World

I went to the National Gallery in DC and spent about 5 hours there.  My current favorite artist is Paul Gauguin, replacing Monet at least for now.  Monet is obsessed with finding the metaphysical essence of the nature around him, and seeing … Continue reading

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Embracing Evolution With the Help of William Blake

As a young Mormon missionary, I remember seeing a Cro-Magnon man on the cover of National Geographic.  It filled me with terrible doubt and dread, because at the time, I was under the misconception that Mormons could not embrace evolution … Continue reading

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Swedenbourg’s Heaven and Hell: Resonances with Mormonism

A friend of mine recommended Emmanuel Swedenborg’s classic Heaven, it’s Wonders and Hell, and I’ve been slowly working my way through it.   Swedenborg’s 18th century revelations about heaven anticipate many of the claims Joseph Smith would later make, including three … Continue reading

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Nathan Hale, the Blundering Patriot

I’ve been listening to David McCullough’s book 1776 to and from Breckenridge, and was happy to learn more about Nathan Hale, the famous patriot and martyr of the Revolution. He was always someone I was proud to share a name … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Bob Dylan

I listened to Bob Dylan’s autobiography “Chronicles” on the road back and from Breckenridge.  You may know some of his music, but unless you are my brother Adam, you might not like it.  It’s not aesthetically beautiful singing, but raw, … Continue reading

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