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The Ridiculous and the Sublime – March 22, 2011

Mel is all about musicals this week. She relates a song from Billy Elliott to her feelings at her son’s baptism.

mmiles attempts to start a firestorm by bringing up J. Edgar Hoover.

MCQ is hoping to get his Christian Death Metal band more gigs.

Julie Smith publicly declares her hypocrisy (sorta).

Jared* begins wonders how best to balance revealed and scientific knowledge.

Mormon Momma announces the inaugural recipient of the Female Solo Blogger of the Year: Cocoa.

Alternative commandments abound at Heather O’s house.

TT reviews early Christian views on the garments given to Adam and Eve in the garden.


The Ridiculous and the Sublime – March 21, 2011

Melissa M considers the possibility that righteousness doesn’t lead to happiness (or does it? (statistically speaking? not really)).

Glenn Beck is quite the strange little man, isn’t he? (ht: T&S)

This story is sure to inspire all those Mormon kids with hoop dreams (ht: T&S).

Dane forgets that in order to seal the deal, you have to really want it. Always Be Closing! (Note: It’s Times and Seasons day on this blog)

Speaking of Dane’s post, Tim wrote up a classic bait and switch. Where’s the dirt, Tim?

Ben hates the Brethren and wants to tear them down. How else to explain his pointing out that they have limits (and admit it)?

Blair Hodges reviews Orson F. Whitney’s Saturday Night Thoughts and WVS goes over the articles of faith (adopted by common consent) in the First Presidency’s 1907 Address to the World. It’s old-timey doctrine day in Bloggernacle.

It’s also old-timey story day! Yay for old-timeyness!

R. Gary complies another list of quotes, this time regarding Caffeine. His conclusion may surprise you.

Elder Scott issues a blanket condemnation of male leadership. ESO reports.

Mel went to the Book of Mormon musical. And she liked it.

Bruce tries to understand what might motivate someone to vandalize a historical marker. My guess: alcohol, hormones, and trying to somehow impress a girl.

I officially want to thank the Wall Street Journal for giving everyone who is spending too much time thinking about how the young women dress license to start calling them hookers. It makes my hobby that much easier.

Andrew S continues to attempt to irritate everybody. Preach on, brother!

The Ridiculous and the Sublime – March 20, 2011

R. Gary provides a helpful list of prophetic statements regarding evolution which assume that people who believe in evolution are moral midgets and idiots.

Jim F. posts his questions regarding the parables of the talents and the Good Samaritan.

David H. Bailey offers a survey of recent developments and trends in artificial intelligence, suggesting that even when robots run the world, we’ll still get to feel superior to them because we have souls. Neener, neener.

Mike Fitzgerald gives a pretty good pep talk.

Not for nothing, but is Kari Huus Mormon? She really likes talking about Mormons in Japan (ht: T&S).

Aaron R is the new Sister Wendy, getting me to understand art that I might otherwise find silly. Although, the toxic fumes make me wonder about the value of this piece.

Jettboy writes a pretty good post today. My quibble: he seems to wish that people who think our beliefs are strange would also hate us so he could ignore them or something.

The Boston Globe recommends Mormon Literature that isn’t being sold at Deseret Book (ht: T&S).

A letter at Juvenile Instructor offers insight into intra-familial religious distress in early Mormonism and into the editing process at the Ensign.

Hamblin goes through Nibley’s take down of Brodie. Crawford wishes we all just got along.

Connor writes a pretty good post today. My quibble: Smoking pot = drinking Diet Coke? Really?

I don’t mind this effort, but I kinda hate to see the Church get dragged into this sort of political fight.

The Ridiculous and the Sublime – March 19, 2011

Erin’s ward is full of bloodthirsty soldiers, driven by a tyrant to conquer the Western Mediterranean. No wonder she sometimes doesn’t feel like going to church.

WVS thinks of me when he thinks of porn. That’s good, right?

Darcee Yates agrees with WVS about the pessimism of Mormon Theology, however she’s looking into alternative viewpoints.

Winterbuzz spends most of this post considering millenarianism in the church, but, if that’s not your cup of postum, she asks two really interesting questions at the end of the post. Consider this permission to skip to the end if you want.

Jeff Lindsey points out that the Church’s relief efforts in Japan are getting some MSNBC love. Michelle has a friend whose husband is directly involved in relief efforts.

SteveP explains why macroevolution isn’t as hard to deal with for evolutionary biologists as some might have you believe.

Can someone point Firetag to all the LDS speculation about Christ’s atonement applying to people on other planets that I seem to remember from days of yore?

Spunky considers a possible reason for extending the priesthood to women.

Matt W. examines Terryl Givens’s approach to the problem of evil and the atonement. He finds it inadequate, but suspects that it’s faults can be overcome in the future via appropriate use of agency and divine intervention.

Tracy M. is jealous of my talent for writing stupid one-liners. I’m jealous of her talent for writing moving autobiographical pieces that put our Church life’s highs and lows in perspective.

Feast Upon the Word tackles the charity lesson in Gospel Principles.

At last, someone is arguing against the plague of anchor babies that come from within the US.

Papa D is unique. If you want to be unique, you should become like him. (Note: I totally stole that joke, which is fitting for this post about individuality and originality). (Note: I then explained why the joke is funny, which makes it unfunny). (Note: although sometimes offering the explanation and then pointing out that the explanation renders the joke unfunny can make the whole thing funny because of the unnecessary explanation. So that’s what I’m going for now).

Krista appears to enjoy wandering the halls of her ward, critiquing the modesty of the Young Women. Someone get her a hobby, quick!

The San Jose Mercury News has had quite a few articles up about the church and homosexuals of late (particularly about reparative therapy). Interesting stuff, not all of it comfort making.

The LA Times notes the role of the Church in the recent passage of a moderate-ish immigration bill in Utah.

Andrew S. also finds New Atheism to be a tedious and mildly delusional intellectual approach to life. Who knows what else he and I have in common? Are you an Ares?

The Atlantic enjoys the way that Big Love tackles feminism.

No sir. This isn’t crazy at all. Perfectly rational approach to emergency preparedness. Let’s just hope there aren’t wolves in the coming apocalypse.

There’s a book out about the LDS sex abuse scandal that went to trial. It doesn’t sound particularly friendly.

The Ridiculous and the Sublime – March 18, 2011

Slim pickins today. Must be March Madness.

Derek wonders why we all seem to hate praying, when we all say its really important. I think we’re worried God is judging our breath.

Dawning of a Brighter Day has a weekly post where they just post links to Mormon Arts stuff. Now I’m feeling particularly unoriginal.

The AWL considers the meaning of a world where both Big Love and Sister Wives are on TV and what that means for the future of marriage.

Brother Bob Millet offers an excellent sermon on receiving an assurance of salvation. Please forgive the associated bad art.

Kevin Barney is once again seeking to justify his fascination with the common arts. We are not amused.

Laura Cleaner wonders what the answer is to the golden question “Can you recommend any Mormon art?

Nat Kelly is tired of all the labels. Her pantry is very disorganized.

Broadway’s favorite mostly naked ex-Mormon is interviewed by NPR. They talk about the Hale Center Theatre and Sons of Provo. Good times 🙂

The Ridiculous and the Sublime – March 17, 2011

Top O’ the next Mornin’ to ya!

ESO has given up. Now she is just posting random email forwards that she gets from ward members. These two purport to be from the Church Public Affairs officers in Japan, but I think the next she gets will ask her to put some money in a Nigerian bank account.

The Newsroom blog explains that rumors of the church’s neutrality on Immigration were mistaken.

Kent Larsen uses the recent death of Richard Daines to promote his own anti-caffeine agenda. For shame, Kent! God doesn’t care about my Mountain Dew and neither should you!

SteveP does his best Edward Abbey impression and lives to tell the tale.

Keller recalls a former roommate who recently made the news in Vietnam.

At last! Someone is finally applying academic rigor to online Mormon navel-gazing. We’re now getting the attention we think we deserve.

Keller uses the Adjustment Bureau to speculate about how one might depict the Mormon concept of angels in film. He forgets that the most important aspect would be a narrator smugly pointing out that the angels don’t have wings.

Bruce argues that Science is an art, not a science (while also throwing in a plug for Intelligent Design).

Rebecca J is hoping that the Second Coming comes soon, so it won’t matter that she’s not interested in genealogy.

Paul scoffs that LDS Living is suggesting making Addiction Recovery the topic of your next Family Home Evening. Sinner.

Stephen asks, “Should I forget about political posts and go back to other topics?” Never!

Jeff Lindsey is concerned about these Organic Food Co-ops today, with their hair and their clothes and their raunchy music.

Angela reflects on how much her life was defined by her environment in the eighties. Notably, she talks a lot about her hair.

The Church appears to be crowd-sourcing its advertising now.

They are openly discussing “the woman porn” on the AML blog. I can only assume that testimonials of their service to the Adversary are forthcoming.

Ardis keeps supplying polygamy jokes. Clearly, she’s lost her testimony of the Principle. Mayhap that is why she refuses to accept true and living doctrinal insights from random emails.

The Ridiculous and the Sublime – March 16, 2011

I think I’m doing away with the explicit categories. I’ll let ya’ll determine which is which.

Dane helps the passive-aggressive find self-justification (Why’d he bring my favorite game into it? Why?)

Heather is considering either shipping herself or her children off to Japan.

Caroline at the Exponent expresses holy envy for Reform Judaism, surprising exactly no-one.

Chris Nemelka, to whom the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon was reportedly revealed, will try to justify duping a nice old lady in Salt Lake City this weekend. Who said libraries are boring places?

Never let it be said that Jr. Ganymede can’t overreact to news when necessary.

Cynthia schadens her freude regarding the Church’s stance on immigration.

Eric offers heartfelt thanks to the companion who taught him to be a missionary.

An RM from Japan shares his memories of a town that was in the direct path of the tsunami at By Common Consent and Mormanity considers lessons to be learned from the events in Japan.

Keepa posts some LDS death notices from WWI, from the German side.

At Scholaristas, a consideration of the (intended?) message of empowered skinny women on tv.

Ray clearly doesn’t follow New Cool Thang.

Hey! It turns out that ladies can write, too!

Krista reminds us that right and wrong are absolute, except for when they aren’t (eg. plural marriage).

Dan Wells explores the religious questions frequently asked in science fiction. The Force isn’t mentioned once.

Is this article accusing political opponents of having a myopic worldview hypocritical or just very one-sided?

Andrew gets into an argument about doctrine with, possibly, the stupidest person to ever claim to be Mormon. Andrew thinks its a good idea to derive notions about how all Mormons behave/believe from this conversation. It’s the second act that makes people think you are Anti-Mormon, Andrew.

I agree with Mahonri (that things like “The Book of Mormon: the Musical” are the moral equivalent of minstrel shows), but I wonder if Mormons, with their history, should be making that particular comparison.