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Martin Harris, the Careful Investigator

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Here are a few short quotations from Martin Harris, taken from a somewhat longer selection given in Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mae Andrus, Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith (American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2009):   When they were taken from there, they were put into an old Ontario glass-box.  Old Mr. Beaman […]
Dan Peterson

Did random chance demand the existence of a stellar system suited to life?

3 months 2 weeks ago
    From Gerald L. Schroeder’s God According to God: A Scientist Discovers We’ve Been Wrong About God All Along (New York: HarperOne, 2009):   If the strong nuclear force were a bit more or less forceful, if electromagnetic forces varied by a few percent, if there were four or two spatial dimensions instead of the three […]
Dan Peterson

The Rise of Zionism

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Coming toward modern times, and certainly toward modern issues:   Meanwhile, as Arabs and Muslims faltered and desperately sought a reason why, a new humiliation was brewing. A new movement was beginning to gain force among the world’s scattered Jews. This was Zionism, a movement designed to realize the long-standing Jew­ish dream of […]
Dan Peterson

“He was naturally fond of the young”

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Lyman O. Littlefield was a boy of thirteen when he met Joseph Smith in 1834.  These are excerpts from his reminiscences of the Prophet, as they are reproduced in Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mae Andrus, Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith (American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2009):   I first beheld him a tall, […]
Dan Peterson

Islam and the challenge of the modern world

3 months 2 weeks ago
    More from The Manuscript:   The struggle that today’s Muslims have with the massive fact of the West is well illustrated in contemporary Arabic and other Near Eastern literatures. Several issues constantly appear: How is West­ern scientific rationalism to be balanced against faith? This is the old issue, faced also in the West […]
Dan Peterson

“When you think about it, it does get spooky.”

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Several times each year, some atheist or other triumphantly flings in my face the fact that most members of the elite National Academy of Sciences aren’t religious.   I’m not quite sure what this is intended to demonstrate.  Am I intended to share the apparent assumption that scientists bear unique authority on the […]
Dan Peterson

Oliver Cowdery, Book of Mormon horses, and interfaith relations

3 months 2 weeks ago
    In October of 1848, a decade after he had been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and more than four years after the assassination of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, one of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon, traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa, with his wife […]
Dan Peterson

Go to Church: You Need It, and It Needs You

3 months 2 weeks ago
    I was very pleased to hear President Dallin H. Oaks ask us not to use the word priesthood to refer to the body of men who have been ordained.   This has always bothered me.  I’ve never liked hearing that “The priesthood will be gathering for basketball on Thursday night,” or “The priesthood […]
Dan Peterson

Our Favorable Location in the Solar System (Part 2)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    An Israeli-American and an Orthodox Jew, Gerald L. Schroeder teaches at Jerusalem’s College of Jewish Studies.  He earned B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in nuclear physics and in earth and planetary sciences.   In his book God According to God: A Scientist Discovers We’ve Been Wrong About God […]
Dan Peterson

Denial

3 months 3 weeks ago
    Every day, a little bit more of the preliminary manuscript:   But this understandable desire to get the attention of the West is frequently joined with an unwillingness on the part of Near Eastern­ers to take responsibility for the flaws of their own native area. The fact of Western dominance is exaggerated to […]
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