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Above St. George

19 hours 48 minutes ago
    My son and I didn’t have a whole lot of disposable time today, but we were able to drive a bit around St. George and look at “family history” landmarks.   Then, since my remarks to the Cotton Mission chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers were to be given at the […]
Dan Peterson

Human history can be an eloquent testament to the fact of the Fall.

1 day 10 hours ago
    Although this is an archaeological or scientific story, it is also, if you use just a minimal amount of your imagination, a very human one:   “A Few More Years and They Could Have Died of Plague: Archaeologists unearth mass graves from Mongol invasion of Russia.  DNA says several people buried in a mass […]
Dan Peterson

Io is icky, bullying and suicide, and other science news

1 day 11 hours ago
    This is an interesting essay from Dr. Heath Ogden, of Utah Valley University:   “Accepting Truth with Joy: An Evolutionary Biologist’s Perspective”   ***   Ehh.  We’re probably all doomed:   “The Milky Way’s supermassive black hole reached record brightness this year: The behemoth at the center of the galaxy flared up in near-infrared […]
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President Nelson, Bishop Caussé, Sister Eubank, and Dr. Swift

2 days 7 hours ago
    For what it’s worth, I will be speaking at the September meeting of the Cotton Mission Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.  That meeting will be held on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, at the Holmstead Ranch. Meet and greet at 5:30pm, dinner meeting starts at 6pm. Dinner is $15 per person.   […]
Dan Peterson

The early history of the Restoration set in . . . Massachusetts?

2 days 22 hours ago
    This story includes a link to a video showing, among other things, the interior of the new Lisbon Portugal Temple:   “Elder Neil L. Andersen Dedicates Lisbon Portugal Temple: Temple is the 14th in Europe, 166th worldwide”   If you want to watch the same thing in Portuguese, here it is:   “O Elder […]
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Two upcoming public lectures by a friend, on “Wonders of Egypt”

3 days 1 hour ago
    I would like to call attention to three public speeches that will be delivered later this month by my friend Hany Tawfeek (pronounced roughly HAH-nee taw-FEEK), who is one of the leading tour guides in Egypt.  My wife and I have known him for years now, and have shared several tours of Egypt […]
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Oklahoma! (with a note on atheism and science)

3 days 11 hours ago
    I begin with this curious story:   “Mysterious waves have been pulsing across Oklahoma: A buzz that rocked the state all summer sent geologists on a labyrinthine chase—and unearthed new mysteries about how energy moves through land and air.”   I can only assume, based on what some zealous atheists have told me, […]
Dan Peterson

Only in his imagination? Only with “spiritual eyes”?

4 days ago
    Our Witnesses film crew are now in Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts.  The project continues.  And, by all accounts, it appears to be going well.   ***   “Church Thanks Mali Government for Formal Recognition: Elder Marcus B. Nash represents Church at ceremony in Bamako”   ***   I personally heard him [David Whitmer] state […]
Dan Peterson

Belated Happy 106th, Dad! (2)

4 days 7 hours ago
    Continued:   When Dad returned to the United States, having been released from the Army, he went to visit his parents on their farm in North Dakota.  En route, he stopped to change trains in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Having a bit of time on his hands before his next train, he stopped in at […]
Dan Peterson

Belated Happy 106th, Dad! (1)

4 days 7 hours ago
    In commemoration of his 106th birthday, which was on Saturday (see “The Spirit of Elijah”):   My Norwegian grandmother wanted Dad to become a Lutheran minister, but, although he was surrounded by Scandinavian Lutherans in his region of rural North Dakota, he never felt “the call.”  Years later, he would laughingly remember a […]
Dan Peterson

“The Spirit of Elijah”

4 days 23 hours ago
    The most recent iteration of the bi-weekly column by William J. Hamblin and Daniel C. Peterson in the Deseret News is now up and accessible:   “On the difference between cathedrals and large churches: Size has nothing to do with whether or not a church is a cathedral. The real question is whether it is […]
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Is “Islamist” suicide bombing in the Middle East really motivated by religion?

5 days 3 hours ago
    My friend Dr. William J. Hamblin and I published the following column in Salt Lake City’s Deseret News on 11 July 2015:   The so-called “New Atheists” differ from previous generations of vocal unbelievers (e.g., Bertrand Russell and Antony Flew) by not merely repudiating the existence of God but aggressively denying the moral […]
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“Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions”

5 days 3 hours ago
    We had one of our comparatively rare meetings of the Interpreter Foundation board of trustees today, lasting from 9 AM until about 1:30 PM.  It could have been longer, but it was at my house . . .  and my wife and I had tickets for a play at 2 PM.   It’s […]
Dan Peterson

“If Truth Were a Child”

6 days 9 hours ago
    Just published in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   Amanda Colleen Brown, “Never Static, Never Simple: One Woman’s Conversations Within the Marginalia of If Truth Were a Child” Review of George B. Handley, If Truth Were A Child: Essays, (Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 2019), 253 pp. $19.99 (paperback). Abstract: George B. […]
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The mosquito in history

6 days 11 hours ago
    I will, alas, almost certainly never read the book.  Life is short.  But the review of The Mosquito, by Timothy Winegard, in the 3 August 2019 issue of The Economist was fascinating.  Here are some notes that I’ve taken from that review:   During World War Two, American troops stationed in Asia were said to […]
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“The Record of the Jews and the Record of the Nephites are One.”

1 week ago
    Interpreter Radio Show — 8 September 2019   The 8 September 2019 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show is now accessible (as always) at no charge and stripped of commercial interruptions.  The discussants in this particular recording are Terry Hutchinson, John Gee, and Kevin Christensen.  Among other things, the episode includes an interview […]
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