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  1. Good point. Maybe the difference is that Mormonism has a history of usage where, as far as I know, there isn't a history of an equivalent term for the Seventh Day Adventists.
  2. I think the hardest one is Mormonism, referring not just to the organization, but also to the beliefs, the culture, the practices, the history, the traditions, the worldview, on and on. Think of what "Catholicism" encompasses. What is a simple replacement for Mormonism?
  3. I've been thinking about this and almost made a comment similar to yours. In Catholicism, part of the sacrament of confirmation is our making promises with God concerning the Catholic faith. If Mormons convert a Catholic, they are asking that Catholic to break those promises.
  4. It's odd that you don't even know the basic details of the situation, like her filing for divorce, and yet have made such high mighty statements about the situation. Maybe you should just mind your own business on this one.
  5. I sense some faith crises about to hit. Better get a gospel topic essay up ASAP! The anti-mormons have already registered a website devoted to this historical cover-up: mormonsandmarsupials.com
  6. This is how Catholics justify the pronouncements of the ecumenical councils over the centuries. They aren't saying something new, they aren't adding to what Christ and the Apostles taught, they are simply clarifying how the truth of the gospel applies to specific questions and situations.
  7. If the word of wisdom prohibits drinking hot possums I'm all on board... ETA: I see Mark beat me to the joke...
  8. This is scientism pure and simple. Material does not equal all reality unless you subscribe to scientific materialism, a belief that science itself cannot support. Science deals with the material. By definition science cannot deal with the immaterial. However, it does NOT therefore follow that the immaterial does not exist or that the immaterial cannot be known. Let’s not reduce ontology and epistemology to science, since science itself cannot support such a reduction.
  9. Sounds like he's a step or two below personal injury lawyers... does he have billboards up in Utah? ETA: maybe he should sell shot glasses, too..?
  10. While this is true in the secular sense, my experiences of Catholic Holy Week show a very heavy focus on Christ and not very many bunnies and eggs
  11. Unless one wishes to recognize that the contradictions in language are perhaps just in language. Do you need to read some Taoist literature my friend? Or, to borrow from the LDS theodicy of necessary contradiction, there is no good with evil, right? No front without back, no day without night. In transcendence, the law of contradiction is one of the first things to go. Again, this is based on my personal experience with the Divine. The self melts away in His presence and assumed boundaries and contradictions no longer make sense.
  12. You don't have to be such a dualist Most mystical spiritual traditions end up being non-dualistic, leaving the boundaries of words and categories behind. My experience with God allows me to firmly believe that He is both transcendent and immanent.
  13. I don't feel like Spammer threw me under the bus. I'm not going to get into the arguments tonight, but I will say that while Catholicism obviously and heartily embraces scholasticism, it is critical to remember that the (god-)father of scholasticism, Aquinas, said that all his words were just straw as compared to the actual experience of Divinity. That's where I'm at -- my connection to the Divine isn't through philosophy, but through experience, and that is completely acceptable in Catholicism. I lean heavily towards mysticism and thus spend lots of time at monasteries. I believe the Divine and the experience of the Divine are ineffable -- at least my experiences have been. But we are human and we use what words we can. Some go to philosophy to try to describe it. St. John of the Cross, the mystical Doctor of the Church, expressed his mystical experiences through poetry. That's more my angle. I do have an undergraduate degree in philosophy (double-majored with English) but that's not my go-to for the Divine. Don't misread this as a critique of scholasticism or as a disavowal of Catholic philosophy and doctrine. Not at all. One of the beauties of Catholicism is that there are many many spiritual paths contained within it. I lean towards the mystical rather than the philosophical.
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