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“Anxious to bless the whole human race”

3 months 2 weeks ago
    This statement from the Prophet Joseph Smith has been on my mind today:   Love is one of the chief characteristics of Deity, and ought to be manifested by those who aspire to be the sons of God. A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family […]
Dan Peterson

The “warfare of science and religion”

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Three more passages from a book by Alister McGrath —  an Anglican priest who holds three Oxford doctorates: a D.Phil. in molecular biophysics, a D.D. in theology, and a D.Litt. in intellectual history, and who currently occupies the Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford:   [T]his “science […]
Dan Peterson

“Simplicity and Understatement” in Joseph Smith, and So Forth

3 months 2 weeks ago
    From my notes:   Jill Mulvay Derr and Karen Lynn Davidson have commented similarly upon the “simplicity and understatement” of the Joseph Smith’s 1838 autobiographical narrative of the First Vision and the circumstances leading up to it: Joseph Smith proposes simply to “present the various events . . . in truth and righteousness” […]
Dan Peterson

Science and the very biggest questions

3 months 2 weeks ago
    I’ve written previously about the prodigiously prolific Oxford scientist and theologian Alister McGrath, for whom I have enormous admiration.  (See here, for example.)   I’ve just begun to read Alister McGrath, The Big Question: Why We Can’t Stop Talking about Science, Faith and God (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2015).  Here are some […]
Dan Peterson

“The Death of Muhammad”

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Continuing my excerpts from a manuscript:   By the year 632, Muhammad had subdued all of the Arabian penin­sula. The revelation of Islam was complete. “This day I have perfected your religion for you and completed My favour to you,” says the Qur’an in the voice of God, in what many believe to be […]
Dan Peterson

Frustration, premature death, and other pleasant subjects!

3 months 2 weeks ago
    My wife and I have just returned from a performance in the de Jong Concert Hall at BYU by the violinist Joshua Bell, who was accompanied by Alessio Bax on the piano.   You may recall Joshua Bell from the famous “Washington Post Subway Experiment”:     He played Felix Mendelssohn’s Sonata for Violin […]
Dan Peterson

Muhammad and Iguaçu

3 months 2 weeks ago
    More notes:   For all that it criticizes the unbelievers of Arabia, though, the Qur’an does not spare Muhammad either. He was never allowed to forget that he too was human. At one point, for example, despite all the Qur’an’s denunciations of the wealthy, Muhammad seems to have shown too much deference to […]
Dan Peterson

A Mormon-related miscellany

3 months 2 weeks ago
    An interesting suggestion from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof of CNN and the New York Times (who, by the way, according to his Wikipedia entry, holds degrees from both Harvard University and Magdalen College, Oxford, and who claims to have visited at least 150 different countries):   “Utah may well be the most […]
Dan Peterson

“The Myth of Scientific Objectivity”

3 months 2 weeks ago
    I want to call your attention to an extremely interesting — and provocatively titled — article in the November 2017 issue of First Things, written by a software engineer in the San Francisco Bay area by the name of William A. Wilson:   “The Myth of Scientific Objectivity”   Here’s a lengthy teaser […]
Dan Peterson

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum!

3 months 2 weeks ago
    I announce to you a great joy:  The Interpreter Foundation has a new website!   You can admire it here.  Please bookmark it for future reference.   I would like to thank all those who worked to make this a reality.  I don’t have all the names and I apologize for that, but […]
Dan Peterson

“Is Islam a Religion of Peace?”

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Brian Thompson has asked my opinion of a Prager University video done by Ayaan Hirsi Ali:   “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?”   It’s an interesting video, about 5:10 minutes long, and I recommend it for your viewing.  (More than thirteen million people have already watched it.)   Here’s my brief response: […]
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