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The difference between “complete” and “finished”

17 hours 3 minutes ago
    This wonderful item was brought to my notice by Faisal Alzamil:   http://theanthrotorian.com/culture/2012/11/29/the-difference-between-complete-and-finished   I’m in utter awe of impromptu wit like this, if it was, as it seems to have been, off the cuff.   Two of my other favorite examples both come out of Great Britain, but, in both cases, from [Read More...]
Dan Peterson

“Post-Christian America: Gullible, Intolerant, and Superstitious”

17 hours 47 minutes ago
    The estimable David French comments on an article in the New York Times that I myself mentioned (“Don’t Believe in God? Maybe You’ll Try U.F.O.s”) a few days ago:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449789/post-christian-america-superstitious-intolerant-reality   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson

“An Unnecessary Attack on Faithful LDS Scholars: Does Prophetic Fallibility Matter?”

18 hours 36 minutes ago
    The redoubtable Jeff Lindsay, a member of the executive board of the Interpreter Foundation, takes issue with an article published in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2017/07/an-unnecessary-attack-on-faithful-lds.html   There is no hive mind at the Interpreter Foundation.   I’m happy about that.   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson

It’s time for a shameless commercial message

19 hours ago
    I continue to stand by my opinion that this isn’t actually the worst thing ever written about Muhammad or Islam:   https://www.amazon.com/Muhammad-Prophet-God-Daniel-Peterson-ebook/dp/B001F0RLLA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500968025&sr=1-1&keywords=Daniel+Peterson   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson

“Would a supervolcano eruption wipe us out?”

20 hours 53 minutes ago
    Are you sleeping too well at night?  Have you developed an unfortunate resistance to horror movies?  Do they no longer give you that delicious old thrill?   If so, consider reading this article about some of the world’s supervolcanos:   http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170724-would-a-supervolcano-eruption-wipe-us-out   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson

Forgiveness

23 hours 33 minutes ago
    “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Lewis B. Smedes, Reformed Protestant theologian (d. 2002)   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson

“Trump, Party of One”

1 day 7 hours ago
    As usual, Jonah Goldberg offers a humorous but also serious and balanced conservative view of the subject:   http://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/449747/donald-trump-defenders-rationalizing-failure   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson

Some essential Maui geology

1 day 7 hours ago
    The basic geology of Maui is pretty obvious:  An older volcano to west-northwest, now much eroded, and a new and larger volcano to the south-southeast, connected by a plain formed by the confluence of their lava flows.   The larger, younger volcano to the east-southeast, Haleakalā (“house of the sun”), rises to a height [Read More...]
Dan Peterson

“Young men giving up on marriage: ‘Women aren’t women anymore’”

1 day 17 hours ago
    I can’t help but wonder whether there’s a relationship between these social trends and the rise of the religious “nones”:   https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/young-men-giving-up-on-marriage-women-arent-women-anymore?utm_content=bufferd83b3   See, in this context, “Faith and family depend upon each other.”   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson

“Can Chiasmus Survive Translation?”

1 day 19 hours ago
    Some have suggested that, even if chiasmus exists in an ancient text, it would almost certainly be destroyed in the process of translation.  A post from Book of Mormon Central considers that issue:   https://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/can-chiasmus-survive-translation   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson

“Do Muslims, Jews, and Christians Worship the Same God?”

1 day 19 hours ago
    I like this blog entry, by a Catholic blogger named Joe Heschmeyer, very much:   Do Muslims, Jews, and Christians Worship the Same God?   There are a few points at which a Latter-day Saint might not quite agree with the analysis, but, on the whole, I think it’s entirely sound.   See also [Read More...]
Dan Peterson

We must act.

1 day 20 hours ago
    “‘There is no possible idea,’ Kenneth thought as he came onto the terrace, ‘to which the mind of man can’t supply some damned alternative or other.  Yet one must act.'”  Charles Williams, War in Heaven   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson

“Understanding Apologetics”

2 days 3 hours ago
    A brief but important post from Tarik LaCour:   http://tarikdlacour.blogspot.com/2017/07/understanding-apologetics.html?spref=fb   I myself have tried to make the same patently obvious and unquestionably true point on several occasions, without much success.  Maybe Brother LaCour will have more luck.   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson

Church in Lahaina

2 days 3 hours ago
    We attended the Lahaina 1st Ward today, having decided that an English-language service would be more appropriate for us than one in Tongan.   It was a very good meeting, organized loosely on a “Pioneer Day” theme.   Once again, I loved the roster of names and participants:   Conducting the meeting was [Read More...]
Dan Peterson

“The Myth of Religious Violence”

2 days 17 hours ago
    A provocative essay.  I expect that the title alone has already upset some of my secular-minded readers:   The Myth of Religious Violence   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson

Grant Palmer, again

2 days 18 hours ago
    I suspect that we’re going to be hearing about bit about Grant Palmer again in the next week or two, so it seems not inappropriate to call attention to a few links regarding his work:   Brian C. Hales and Gregory L. Smith, “A Response to Grant Palmer’s ‘Sexual Allegations against Joseph Smith [Read More...]
Dan Peterson

Science as a religious activity

2 days 18 hours ago
    “A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.” Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr. Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    
Dan Peterson
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