The temperature and humidity are both 79.Â I need to go pay for books for school and locker rent at the rec.Â The Yankees are currently beating the Red Sox 1-0 (PLUS, I look over and who do I see in a Yankees uniform but Tony PeÃ±a).Â If I weren’t out of Dr Pepper, I think I’d just hide in my room all day.
I won’t, but I’ve been hiding for a while and catching up on blogs.Â Just a couple offerings today:
– Julie D. gives us great comments by John Ryhs-Davies, aka Gimli or Sallah.
– Nate Oman at Times and Seasons asks “Why do non-Mormon accounts of Mormon theology so often seem grotesque?”Â I don’t know if I “get” Mormon theology.Â Somehow I get the feeling I’m about 5 on a scale of 10 in that area.Â I’m afraid I am quite tempted to select explanation #2: “Mormon theology actually is weird.”
Nate does discuss the decision by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that LDS baptisms are invalid.Â I know several Mormons who disagree with the reasoning behind the ruling, at least as explained by Fr. Ladaria here.Â I wish I knew enough about the sacrament of Baptism and the historical disputes over it to write my own explanation.Â Right now I just want to say two things that seem to be overlooked when Mormons disagree with it.Â First, the Catholic Church isn’t as universalistic as people generally suggest.Â She doesn’t accept every other baptism, period.Â In many cases, conditional baptisms must be performed, when the form or matter of a convert’s first baptism is in doubt.Â Second, I think the churches’ different understanding of baptism are just as important to this issue as their different understanding of theology.Â So there.
Also in that post is a great comment by Mark Butler.Â Worth a look.
That’s all for this Random Stuff post.Â Oh, but one update: now the Yankees are winning 4-1, and Boston has brought in reliever Kyle Snyder, who was not good enough to pitch for the Royals.