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  1. lonetree

    Any Classical Music Lovers Out There?

    My favourite composer is probably Ralph Vaughan Williams. He was a hymn(music) writer as well as a well-known composer in his time. He wrote a few symphonies and many smaller pieces. The Lark Ascending--is a very hopeful piece of music.
  2. Just a couple more fun facts from my own childhood-and the recent Canadian past. The two icons of morning CBC children's tv -Mr Dressup, and The Friendly Giant, both came from the USA. Both, but especially Ernie Coombs are still revered today-at least by some. https://www.broadcasting-history.ca/personalities/coombs-ernie-mr-dressup https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/robert-homme-the-friendly-giant-obituary Of course those days are a long way away from the present CBC which glorifies "Drag Kids"🙄.
  3. On Canadians and Americans, I found this 2005 article helpful. The writer is Robert Fulford, a Canadian journalist. There were a couple of places where he made me chuckle-the highlighting of Vincent Massey, and his story about the tv program he watched. The only reason I recognized Massey's name was because he was the bro. of the famous 1950s actor, not because of any time I'd spent on our country's history. http://www.robertfulford.com/2005-11-17-anti-americanism.html
  4. I have to confess-I love watching football-that's not soccer or CFL-but NFL football-on a Sunday afternoon. I have since the early 1980s-when Brian Sipe threw that fateful pass, the Eagles seemed so perfect (but lost), and the Chargers, as exciting as they were, couldn't quite muster a Superbowl win out of it. I assume I'm not alone here. I've been wanting to ask this for awhile, but how does the LDS practice of sabbath keeping fit into this? I know that there have been Latter-day Saints who have played, and, I assume again, perhaps watched the game on Sundays. Is this compatible (or incompatible)with keeping the sabbath for a Latter-day Saint?
  5. Thank you for stating the LDS case so clearly. My view is that-in the case of theistic evolution- there would be an enormous amount of suffering to account for by a loving God. I say pointless exactly because life is involved. How much natural carnage is enough to bridge the gap between animal changes and species-over millions of years? (I admit my knowledge of the whole process is sketchy here-but we're talking about a good long time). And even in the general LDS view of suffering, there is an end to it ultimately(as Rev. 21.4 says), isn't there? Or will there always be that good-evil reality? Additionally, as far as I can tell, the LDS concept of God is a very personal one. And He is not only a personal being but has a fair amount of power-compared to ordinary mortals. Theistic evolution may be a great fit for an impersonal lumbering 'divine' force, but for an acting, choosing & because of knowledge acquired, very resourceful deity, I can't see it. The pre-Darwinian account of creation, on the other hand, removes that tension but leads to other problems.
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    I'm so excited!

    I plan to watch a little of the Conference this weekend. The last time I viewed it Thomas Monson was President, and I shall miss his presence.
  7. As an outsider, I remember reading Sterling McMurrin's stuff on evolution and theology in the 1990s and found it sensible. Nowadays I'm not so sure & tend to doubt whether theism and evolution can be reconciled. Even if evolution does not necessarily need to be 'godless' there are still the factors of the immense stretches of time, and (pointless?)animal cruelty to consider-at least for me. Of course, God could guide or use evolution to bring about a wonderful creation. But why would he-unless his options were pretty limited. The Samuel Johnson observation on women preachers comes to mind.
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    Nostalgia (and other stir-crazy ramblings)

    I love Hera in that film. Especially the way she rebukes Pelias.
  9. On moral agency-As of late I have following comments and podcasts by two Protestant apologists on-among other things-whether the enormously influential Augustine was the first Church father to really deny free will's role in salvation. I find such discussion fascinating, and certainly sympathize with the arduousness that each side honestly contends. But this (like many other biblical topics) may be a "burned over district". If the biblical record is undecided between "chose whom ye shall serve"(Joshua), and "it is not of him that willeth...but of God that showeth mercy..."(Romans) well,...
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    The COVID thread

    Thank you, I shall look for that.
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    The COVID thread

    One side effect of the pandemic is that it's keeping me away from alcohol. Yes, liquor stores are open here, but the very irksomeness of the whole experience is putting me off buying it. That may lead me to finally convert a halfhearted notion("nah, I'm not standing in line in the cold, rain...") into getting along without it entirely-who knows. I had planned visiting a meetinghouse/chapel on a Sunday morning this Spring-but that's off, of course, too, for now...
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    British Politics

    In a speech today, Johnson brought up the Bridge On The River Kwai and the poet Virgil🤣. I'd like to view the ITV Debate tomorrow, but not sure if they will carry it on their FB site or anywhere else for those outside the UK.
  13. (Not that it matters so much but)The day the federal conservative leader marches in a pride parade is the day I stop voting Conservative. Anyway Scheer's leadership will be reviewed: https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/senior-conservatives-in-ottawa-for-post-election-dissection-of-scheer-campaign-1.4660694
  14. Criticisms of the Conservative leader abound(he was indecisive, awkward, fibbed about his business background, etc.). There may be one other thing: too many(progressives?) just hate-hate hate- a family man with 5 kids who refuses to walk in pride parades, and talks about ordinary things. But that's probably just me.
  15. As incompetent(among other things) as the Trudeau government was, it should have been fairly simple for the Conservatives to gain more seats than they did. Unfortunately this didn't happen...