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A Response to Margaret Barker (Part Four, et Finis)

6 days 8 hours ago
    The final portion of the response that I gave to a paper by Dr. Margaret Barker, which she presented in the Varsity Theater on the campus of Brigham Young University on 9 November 2016:   Finally, I wanted to allude just briefly to one area where I think the Latter-day Saints take to […]
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“God has created me to do Him some definite service.”

6 days 9 hours ago
    A worthwhile essay on what it means to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:   “To Belong”   ***   It almost seems to be a cottage industry among some religious skeptics and anti-theists to manufacture tales of the injuries inflicted upon the world by theism in general and […]
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Shakespeare and St. Jeanne d’Arc

6 days 15 hours ago
    The last play that we saw at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City was the rarely performed Henry VI Part One.  It is, I think, typically written off as one of the lesser of Shakespeare’s plays, and I’m told that some even doubt its Shakespearean authorship.  To the best of my recollection, […]
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In which I reveal myself to be a young-Earth creationist

6 days 17 hours ago
    As a person who, I’m reliably informed, believes in young-Earth creationism and who teaches at a school that, I’ve also been told, is committed to the belief that Earth was created only a few thousand years ago, I confess that I’m utterly mystified by the following items, and that, as always and as […]
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A Response to Margaret Barker (Part Three)

1 week ago
    Here’s yet another part of the response that I gave to a paper by Dr. Margaret Barker, which she presented in the Varsity Theater on the campus of Brigham Young University on 9 November 2016:   I like Dr. Barker’s emphasis on John 17, on the oneness there in the high priestly prayer. […]
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The Interpreter Radio Show, among other things

1 week ago
    I had a good time on Sunday night, chatting on-air with John Gee and Allen Wyatt for the 12 August 2018 episode of the Interpreter Radio Show.  We hope that our listeners enjoyed it, too.   On 29 July 2018, on the Interpreter Radio Show, Bruce Webster and Kris Frederickson discussed the (then) […]
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A Response to Margaret Barker (Part Two)

1 week ago
    Here’s another portion of my response to Dr. Margaret Barker, given in the Varsity Theater on the campus of Brigham Young University on 9 November 2016:   In the case of the founder of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad ascends into the physical presence of God and receives his commission as a prophet or, […]
Dan Peterson

Richard Lloyd Anderson (1926-2018)

1 week ago
    I received the sad news this morning that Richard Lloyd Anderson, a quiet and modest giant among Latter-day Saint scholars and one of the great defenders of Joseph Smith and the claims of the Restored Gospel in this dispensation, passed away late Sunday night.  Richard was well into his nineties, and, even amidst […]
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On the anthropic principle

1 week 1 day ago
    Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth – the universe looks suspiciously like a fix. The issue concerns the very laws of nature themselves. For 40 years, physicists and cosmologists have been quietly collecting examples of all too convenient “coincidences” and special features in the underlying laws of the universe that […]
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A Response to Margaret Barker (Part One)

1 week 1 day ago
    From a BYU panel on which I appeared with the British biblical scholar Margaret Barker some time ago:   It’s a privilege to be here, and I want to thank Dr. Barker for a really, really interesting, dense, and rich paper.  What I’m going to do is not so much add to it […]
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“On this knife edge of improbability”

1 week 1 day ago
    “How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here will we sit and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony. Sit, Jessica. Look how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold: There’s not the smallest […]
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Thoughts on “Othello,” and Iago

1 week 2 days ago
    On Saturday afternoon, we attended a solid performance of Shakespeare’s Othello.  It’s a very great play that I never miss when I get a chance to see it, and I hate it.  I find watching it excruciating.  Iago is one of the most remarkable characters in all of literature — a consummate villain, […]
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An autobiographical note

1 week 2 days ago
    When I first arrived at Brigham Young University, I came as a mathematics major, with the vague notion that I wanted to become a cosmologist.  (I had almost gone to Caltech, which, in retrospect, would have been a significant mistake.)  Also, I seem to recall that I just thought that mathematics was the […]
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From “Utah’s Dixie”

1 week 2 days ago
    It’s always fun for me to return to St. George.  I don’t have any significant ties here any more, but my Mormon-side family roots — such as they are — cluster mainly in and around St. George, and I’ve always been fond of the place.   ***   Don’t miss the Interpreter Radio […]
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“If you prick us, do we not bleed?”

1 week 3 days ago
    We’re just back from Cedar City where, today, we took in an afternoon performance of The Foreigner (in the Randall Jones Theater) and an evening performance of The Merchant of Venice (in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre).   This is at least the third time, and perhaps the fourth, that I’ve seen The Foreigner.  It’s […]
Dan Peterson

Religion and Rationality, and the Law

1 week 3 days ago
    As might have been predicted, since it’s the 316th Friday in a row that this has occurred, a new article has appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   “The Habeas Corpus Protection of Joseph Smith from Missouri Arrest Requisitions”   The author’s article is A. Keith Thompson, who currently serves as the […]
Dan Peterson

A world without belief in free will

1 week 3 days ago
    I suppose that, from one perspective, the best answer to that question would be that what happens will be what had to happen.  There’s no way out of it; it was all set at the Big Bang, if not before.   Still, as they were fated to do billions of years ago, Azim […]
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Two advertisements

1 week 3 days ago
    Yesterday afternoon, we attended a performance in Cedar City, Utah, of the musical Big River, with book by William Hauptman and music and lyrics by Roger Miller.  It’s based upon Mark Twain’s 1884 novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.     That’s a good novel to base a play on.  “All modern American literature comes […]
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For me personally, a high point of BYU’s late Islamic Translation Series

1 week 4 days ago
    I conceived, founded, and, until 2012 or 2013 (depending upon how you read the history), served as editor-in-chief of Brigham Young University’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, which — until it was very recently handed over to Brill Publishing in the Netherlands — produced bilingual editions of books (mostly Islamic, but also sometimes Eastern […]
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“Tender Mercies”

1 week 5 days ago
    On Sunday, the discussion topic in our quorum of elders was “tender mercies.”  Members of the quorum were invited to share the tender mercies in their lives, and some did.  We also briefly considered the question of how to distinguish such tender mercies from simple coincidences.   I think that such a distinction […]
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