Archive for the ‘religion’ Category

Lines of Authority

July 2, 2017

That title sounds a bit pompous, but it will suit. Anyhow, here’s another of those occasional non-geekery related posts that crop up on here. Come to think of it, it will actually seem pretty geeky to some, but it’s geekery of an altogether different order than the fare that usually makes its way onto my WordPress.

There’s a curious little card in my wallet that’s been there since the Clinton administration, one which I obtained from my late father. Upon this card is the following information about myself and the men that have gone before: (more…)


Religion, Fantasy Races And Tokenism

October 18, 2010

It seems to me that, though there are a number of exceptions of course, fantasy settings tend to have polytheistic religions. Also, in those settings that have nonhuman inhabitants, there is very seldom much if any religious crossover between humanity and the other species. Humans generally have one or more pantheons of gods (or occasionally just one god for all humanity), and each individual nonhuman race tends to have one god (or a discrete and separate pantheon) all to itself. Fantasy settings also tend to have a lot more henotheism than is evidenced in earth’s history as well, but that’s a separate discussion. (more…)

Moses, a Jew?

August 18, 2010

I get a word a day. It’s fun, though Anu Garg’s jabs against religion and the idea of god get tiresome at times.

Anyhow, that’s not what this post is about. It’s actually about a quotation that I found in yesterday’s post.

“If we can discern anything from interviews with auteur Mel Gibson, however, The Passion looms as possibly one of the most presumptuous, intelligence-insulting biblical adaptations since The Ten Commandments, a film that managed to depict the exodus of the Jews without ever once referring to them as ‘Jews’.”
Lynn Coady; The Dolorous Passion of Mad Max; Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Aug 19, 2003.

Innocuous enough, right? It’s just taking shots at Mel Gibson for being pretentious (spot on), right? But hey, what about the Ten Commandments? It criticizes the film for not using the word “Jew.”

But wait. The term is newer than they think. “Y’hudi,” the term from which the English language derives “Jew” didn’t come into currency until centuries after the Exodus, as a term to refer to the residents of the southern of the two Israelite kingdoms: Judah (which is the name of one out of the twelve tribes of Israel). This was to distinguish them from the people of the northern nation of Israel, and has since (as of the Captivity or so) come to be applied to all Israelites.

Therefore, whatever faults The Ten Commandments has as a film (it assuredly has them), a failure to refer to the Hebrews as Jews is not one of those. This is especially significant since Moses, Aaron and Miriam (the main Hebrew characters) were all of the tribe of Levi, not Judah. Joshua, meanwhile, was an Ephraimite. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the film, but I don’t actually remember any significant characters in the film being from the tribe of Judah at all. Feel free to correct me on that last one – as I said it’s been ages and I can’t be bothered to look up the details of the cast right now.

Manliness, Art and Friberg

July 11, 2010

I haven’t time to write up a proper artist’s profile today since it’s my wedding anniversary, but I had to at least share the words of somebody else (the writers of the entertainingly-named The Art of Manliness blog) honoring the exceedingly manly yet positive and uplifting art of the recently-passed Arnold Friberg.

The Manly Art of Arnold Friberg.

I’ve loved Friberg’s work for my whole life, on so many levels. Naturally, I first encountered his work through his Book of Mormon illustrations, but his work stretches well beyond the bounds of purely religious subject matter and is well worth another look. It has a feel that reminds me a bit of the late, great Howard Pyle.

Trugman G. Madsen Dies at 82

May 31, 2009

Full Story from the Salt Lake Tribune.

I briefly met Brother Madsen back in 1998, while I was a missionary serving under President Dale B. Murphy in the Massachusetts Boston Mission. The occasion was a conference held at the Cambridge Ward building across the street from the Longfellow house. There I spoke with him for a few moments, but more memorably heard him give an address about the prophet Joseph as well as Brother Madsen’s experiences at the Jerusalem center. I have always enjoyed his writings and thoughts, and my condolences go to this good man’s family.

His words, his testimony and his passion for the gospel will be remembered.

It really is ironic that the same building where I heard him speak and where he spent so much time serving in the chuirch in earlier years is the one that burned within a week of his passing (See the Boston Globe article on the fire).

Always a Good Thing

October 4, 2008

the 178th Semiannual General Conference is today and tomorrow. I love Conference, and I’ve been looking forward to it for months. 🙂

I Am Highly Nutritious. Also, Gay Asian Boys Love Me.

July 22, 2008

I gave blood today for Mitchell’s Eagle Project, and I am type O-, so they want my life fluid badly.

While I was there, the asian boy that was my nurse called me “sweetie” and flirted with me a couple of times. Also, when he pulled the needle out of my arm and was giving me the directions (specifically not to exercise for 24 hours or so), we was going on about how he can tell that I work out, but will have to lay off it. I don’t really work out much (I’m lean and sinewy, however), which made that an amusing line to me.

To make it much stranger, this was in the cultural hall (gym) of the LDS church in Westwood.