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Of Colonial Memories and the Cambrian Explosion (Among Other Things)

6 days 1 hour ago
    There are, plainly, still some fundamentally important things left out there to be discovered — although it seems that one of them just was:   “What a Newfound Kingdom Means for the Tree of Life: Neither animal, plant, fungus nor familiar protozoan, a strange microbe that sits in its own “supra-kingdom” of life […]
Dan Peterson

“White Christmas,” Irving Berlin, and Sir Winston Churchill

6 days 2 hours ago
    My wife and I have just finished watching Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen in the 1954 musical White Christmas, which is built around Irving Berlin’s famous song of that name.  (Parenthetically, let me say that, on the whole, I’m not a fan of old dance musicals and I don’t enjoy […]
Dan Peterson

Muhammad, Jesus, and Mary

6 days 6 hours ago
    Matthew Wheeler kindly calls the following item to my attention, which reminds me of an incident that really needs to be better known in the West because of what it reveals about Muhammad’s attitude toward Mary and Jesus:   “The Prophet Muhammad Safeguards Jesus and Mary’s Icons in the Kaba: Traditions that can be […]
Dan Peterson

Luke’s Jesus, and Our Lord

6 days 8 hours ago
    New, via the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “Luke’s Jesus,” an interview with S. Kent Brown   ***   Clayton M. Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, who has been described as “the world’s most influential management thinker,” wrote the Interpreter Foundation’s second Christmas message.  It […]
Dan Peterson

Thanks to those who have been offering technical and legal advice

6 days 12 hours ago
    I would like to thank all of those who, in response to my request yesterday, have offered advice regarding the fellow who’s been obsessively sending me crude, insulting emails since at least 2012.  (I’ve received three more from him today, thus far.)  I’ll be sifting through the responses today, as time allows.   […]
Dan Peterson

Some recent science stuff that I liked

1 week ago
    “InSight takes its first selfie on Mars”   “Hear the ‘sound’ of wind on Mars”   ***   From roughly the same area where I was two or three weeks ago, this is potentially good news for those who are concerned about the seemingly shaky future of the world’s coral reefs:   “Nearly […]
Dan Peterson

The Sublime and the Ridiculous

1 week ago
    The 9 December 2018 program of the Interpreter Radio Show is now available online.  Terry Hutchinson, Dan Peterson, John Gee, and Kevin Christensen came together for it in order to discuss various topics, including Julie M. Smith’s new commentary on the gospel of Mark.  Featured on the program, in fact, was an interview […]
Dan Peterson

Advice would be welcomed

1 week ago
    I commented yesterday on a fellow — I’m confident that it’s a male — who has been sending me short, crude, and insulting anonymous emails for well over six years, sometimes at the rate of several per day:   https://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2018/12/the-odd-couple-part-two.html   Apparently, being noticed has inspired him to yet greater efforts because, this […]
Dan Peterson

Christ can transform darkness into light

1 week ago
    I published this Christmas-related column in the Deseret News on 20 December 2012:   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s first wife, Mary, died after a miscarriage. His second wife, Fanny, died in a freak household fire. Trying to save her, he himself was burned so badly that he couldn’t attend her funeral and, for the […]
Dan Peterson

Hatikvah

1 week ago
    For some reason, the hauntingly beautiful melody of Israel’s national anthem, Hatikvah (“The Hope”) has been going through my mind over and over again today.  Here is a slightly loose translation of the two verses from official two   As long as within our hearts The Jewish soul sings, As long as forward […]
Dan Peterson

Question: “Who were the ‘wise men’?”

1 week 1 day ago
    Bill Hamblin and I published the following column in the Deseret News on 13 December 2014:   The search for wise men and women is a perpetual quest in every age — alas, often with dubious results. The search for the wise men in the Christmas narratives in the New Testament is, unfortunately, […]
Dan Peterson

The Odd Couple (Part Two)

1 week 1 day ago
    Nearly two weeks ago, I posted a brief entry titled “The Odd Couple (Part One)” about my Malevolent Stalker and his wannabe sidekick, who plays Lefou to Stalker Sr.’s Gaston.  Mini-Stalker, or Stalker Jr., rarely posts on any subject other than Daniel Peterson.  Unlike Stalker Sr., though, whose approximately fifteen-year anonymous public crusade […]
Dan Peterson

Christmas with the Interpreter Foundation

1 week 1 day ago
    A few years ago, we at the Interpreter Foundation decided that we didn’t want our flagship journal to feature just any random article — regarding, say, the precise GPS coordinates of the Jaredite city of Lib, or the detailed evolutionary history of the Mesoamerican curelom — to appear on the Friday closest to […]
Dan Peterson

Christmas Stories from the Qur’an

1 week 2 days ago
    The Qur’an on the Annunciation of Christ   Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! God hath chosen thee and purified thee chosen thee above the women of all nations. “O Mary! worship Thy Lord devoutly: Prostrate thyself, and bow down [in prayer] with those who bow down.” This is part of the tidings of […]
Dan Peterson

False doctrine in a beloved Christmas carol?

1 week 2 days ago
    I published an article in the Deseret News on 5 December 2012 under the title “‘Pleased as man with men to dwell'”:   The first verse of the popular late-19th-century Christmas carol “Away in a Manger” (often mistakenly attributed to Martin Luther) ends peacefully with “the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.” […]
Dan Peterson

Islamic terrorism?

1 week 3 days ago
    We had a very enjoyable evening tonight at our place, with our friends Larry and Laura Ainsworth and Steve and Heather Densley, in large part watching a presentation that Steve has developed (and given at least twice) on the ancient Egyptian temple.   Sweet is the work, my God, my King, To praise […]
Dan Peterson

Some preliminary notes on “quantum entanglement”

1 week 3 days ago
    I’m making some notes for myself here, in order to ensure that (as far as it’s possible and to the limits of my capacity) I accurately understand some concepts in physics that, someday, I intend to discuss briefly in something that I’m writing.   The topic today is “quantum entanglement.”  If anything in […]
Dan Peterson

The Interpreter Radio Show, Light, and Goodness

1 week 3 days ago
    If all goes according to plan, I will be one of the participants on the Interpreter Radio Show for Sunday night, 9 December 2018, along with Terry Hutchinson, John Gee, and, by telephone, Kevin Christensen.  I haven’t been available to join the program much in recent months, so this will be a treat […]
Dan Peterson

What really matters?

1 week 3 days ago
    Late last night, I came across a passage in which someone I once knew, a person who was once (to all appearances, anyway) an active and committed Latter-day Saint but who is now long and very vocally out of the Church, observes (with no evident demurral) that the word Mormon often evokes thoughts of […]
Dan Peterson

High Culture and Fine Dining

1 week 3 days ago
    We’re just back from a Friday evening concert of the Utah Symphony at Symphony Hall in Salt Lake City.  It was a great program.  In the first half, the orchestra played the Brandenburg Concertos 3 and 4, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), with Mémoriale, by Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), sandwiched in between.  The second half of the […]
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