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  1. Language is usage, however, not prescription. The error is now so prevalent that dictionaries acknowledge how the erroroneus usage is fast becoming acceptable.
  2. Neither. To beg the question is to assume the conclusion. IOW Circular reasoning. The common misuse is to understand BTQ as "raising the question." E.g. "Ahab is a comedian, which begs the question, is he truly funny?" The correct use is to replace "begs" with "raises". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begging_the_question?wprov=sfla1
  3. Don't remember if I've posted this before, but...
  4. You aren't the first person to be CFRed about a personal opinion.
  5. Here is some nice explanations about vaccines and suchlike:
  6. Looks like YouTube removed it. All I see is that the video is not available.
  7. I've seen this in the UK. Where once thousands of people joined the church, very strong members of the church, instead of staying they immigrated to Utah. Of course that was policy once upon a time. But even now, there are a number of families in my own ward in southern England where their young people have gone to Zion rather than staying here and building up the church here. If a ward in the states had only a 90 member attendance rate for sacrament meeting, it would be called a branch. Yet all such units here are wards.
  8. Of course "holistic" has a definition, but regardless of the definition, to many people it is just a useful buzzword to lend trendiness. The real question becomes, "Are they really holistic, or do they just want things to sound like they are, without the substance thereof?" Most modern use of the word seems to be eyewash -- used to look good without actually taking on the actual characteristic. Naturally, a lot of people with real-world experience of hype and awe look at those using it to describe themselves, and say, "Yeah, sure, whatever." And thus the "crystal-gazing" comment.
  9. Hey, the lazy thing was just school, when I was young and dumb. After I joined the Army, they beat the laziness out of me. Well, actually, my mission beat the laziness out of me, and then I got married. Marriage beat the laziness out of me! Now I'm retired, and I can finally afford to be lazy. And so naturally I find things to do to not be lazy. Check out my Youtube channel (link in sig). The problem with this outlook, "ever shrinking pie" is that it isn't realistic and it isn't conducive to success. There are plenty of people in the world, and as more people come in, economic act
  10. I thought you had to know, but from the wording of your post it sure seemed like you didn't. Sorry I felt the need to educate. I am too pedantic, sometimes. Whereas I, on the other hand, always see the characters the way the author does. 🙂 Not really.
  11. It used to. Probably not so much now. I applied to BYU during the last few months of my mission (1974), and I had my acceptance letter before I returned home. In all honesty, I did not deserve it. I had been a poor student in high school, out of laziness, and due to my father's employment I was in three different countries during those high school years. The only thing I had going for me was a high percentile GED test and good ACT test scores. And my mission. And I ran out of funds in the middle of my first semester, and had to withdraw -- enlisted in the Army. Which is what I should have
  12. Well, it wasn't just people seeing Aslan as Jesus. The author intended Aslan to be seen that way. C. S. Lewis wrote: "Since Narnia is a world of Talking Beasts, I thought He [Christ] would become a Talking Beast there, as He became a man here. I pictured Him becoming a lion there because (a) the lion is supposed to be the king of beasts; (b) Christ is called "The Lion of Judah" in the Bible; (c) I'd been having strange dreams about lions when I began writing the work."
  13. That is how I envision it, too. Orson Scott Card wrote the script for Living Scriptures' audiotape Dramatized New Testament, and he wrote the story in this way, as well.
  14. Those are the ones who are sent to Outer Darkness and are called the Sons of Perdition. The ones who deny Christ after the Holy Ghost has revealed him, thus denying not just Christ, but also the Holy Ghost. Which is the unforgivable sin.
  15. I see her father sending her to visit Elizabeth as a means of getting her out of the village before her condition became obvious, as well as because of Elizabeth's miracle pregnancy. Joseph and Mary were already betrothed before the angel's announcement, and I picture this separation gave Mary's father some time to figure out what to do about telling Joseph -- because obviously he knew that Joseph would know that he had nothing to do with the pregnancy, and likely as not would have told him just before Mary returned from the visit, so as to prepare him. I expect that Mary's father would have t
  16. The Gospels, while not necessarily contradicting each other, do not always tell the same story. For all their status as scripture, I don't think they are 100% reliable in telling the story as it actually happened. There is plenty that got left out, as the Gospel of John admits: John 21:25 "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen." If God were telling the story directly, I'm pretty sure we'd get the straight dope with no inacc
  17. Twice I had the experience of blessing a young child with terrible ear infections. One was my own youngest son, Nathan, who was about 2 years old. He had been in a lot of distress for some time during the day, crying, pulling at his ears, and by the time we concluded that he needed to be seen by the doctor, it was quite late. I gave him a blessing, and immediately afterwards he settled down, stopped fussing and crying, so we decided to wait until morning to take him in to Urgent Care. He slept through the night and seemed OK in the morning when we took him to the doctors. When the doctor came
  18. This I don't believe at all. I have a very logical reason for believing that there is NO shifting or progression. With a possible exception, as follows: First, to be assigned to the Telestial Kingdom is a result of having rejected the Atonement. And then consequently have suffered for one's own sins. Which member of the Godhead ministers to the Telestial? The Holy Spirit. Christ does not come there. How can someone who rejected Christ be welcomed into the Terrestrial Kingdom, whose denizens are ministered to by Christ? Thus I do not believe that one in the Telestial Kingdom may
  19. I agree. Though at times it has seemed to me to be a shallow tactic -- which is better, to obey for the sake of doing right, or to obey out of fear? But in latter-day scripture Christ says that if you don't repent you will have to suffer what He suffered, and as he said it would be very hard to bear -- as it was even for him as God. So one would be well-advised to repent, because it won't be pleasant otherwise. On the other hand, we tell our children to keep their hands out of the fire because it will hurt to be burned. If they obey, are they doing it because they love us and want to
  20. No, I don't think anyone is free to put themselves in Outer Darkness, because I am pretty sure that is where Sons of Perdition go, and there's no choice in it. If one rejects Christ's atonement, then one will suffer what Christ suffered because of one's sins, and will then inherit the Telestial Kingdom. Not Outer Darkness.
  21. Even for evident things, science isn't always willing to accept things without a mechanism that can be cited. Alfred Wegener proposed the theory of continental drift, which was later shown to be correct, but at the time the mechanism for it was a mystery, so the "authorities" just couldn't stomach it. How could continents drift? No answer, so the idea languished for a time. Then with Plate Tectonics it became clear not only what was happening, but how. Trying to show that priesthood blessings were actually working would be snarled in how they worked. And sometimes such blessings don
  22. That's an interesting idea. I recall that they've tried this kind of thing in the past, i.e. double-blind studies with some individuals being prayed for, and some not. And the results being nothing different. But you can't treat God as if He were a drug, an unthinking commodity without will of His own. You'd have to get Him to cooperate with the study. I don't think He will.
  23. Some might consider this to be some kind of hyperbole, but carbohydrate addiction is mainly focused on sugar and it leads to obesity, and hence to all the health problems obesity causes. Marijuana doesn't cause anywhere near the problems that obesity causes. Except that obese drivers don't cause car accidents because of their obesity, whereas pot-stoned drivers are accidents waiting to happen.
  24. Actually, yes I have, sometimes!
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