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Believe Women!

2 weeks 4 days ago
    The ugliness continues:   “Far-left cartoonist accused of targeting Kavanaugh’s 10-year-old daughter in vicious cartoon”   A note on the brazen Democrat double standard:   “‘She Denied It to Bill’s Victims’: Juanita Broaddrick Blasts Hillary Calling for ‘Due Process’ on Kavanaugh Accuser”   This item appeared several days ago, from one of Judge […]
Dan Peterson

“The purpose includes us.”

2 weeks 4 days ago
    Notes from an as-yet unfinished manuscript:   The Jesus Seminar: The Christ of creed and dogma, who had been firmly in place in the Middle Ages, can no longer command the assent of those who have seen the heavens through Galileo’s telescope.  The old deities and demons were swept from the skies by […]
Dan Peterson

“I am sorry, Anthony, but the law must be observed”

2 weeks 5 days ago
    More notes from an unpublished manuscript of mine, this time illustrative of the kindness of the Prophet Joseph Smith:   One day, Joseph saw the elderly Joseph Knight, Sr., who had helped him a great deal during the translation of the Book of Mormon, hobbling along the street with considerable difficulty. The Prophet […]
Dan Peterson

China’s “Heavenly Eye,” and (Sometimes Willful) Blindness

2 weeks 5 days ago
    Some interesting recent science articles:   It’s interesting to compare this piece   “Scientists Pinpoint Where Dark Matter Is Hiding in the Universe”   to this one:   “What is Dark Matter? Even the Best Theories Are Crumbling”   I like that fact that we’re now learning to read muck from below the […]
Dan Peterson

Hebrew Indians?

2 weeks 5 days ago
    A few days ago, I mentioned that my wife has lately been reading a great deal by and about Elie Wiesel for a presentation that she’s shortly to give.  She recently called the following passage to my attention, from Wiesel’s All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs (Knopf/Doubleday, 2010):   One morning we came upon an enormous […]
Dan Peterson

In the matter of Christine Blasey Ford vs. Brett Kavanaugh

2 weeks 5 days ago
    Here’s a significant item from Rachel Mitchell, the respected and experienced veteran sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona who questioned both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh on behalf of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday last:   “Rachel Mitchell Memo Lists Weaknesses in Ford Claim: READ”   ***   Regarding that third […]
Dan Peterson

“Oslo”

2 weeks 5 days ago
    On Saturday night, my wife and I took in a fine Pioneer Theatre Company performance of the multiple-award-winning play Oslo, by J. T. Rogers, on the campus of the University of Utah.   We both loved it.  It’s a very good play.  It’s a play of serious ideas.  In an odd way, therefore, […]
Dan Peterson

In which I disagree with one of the LDS chapter headings for Isaiah 5

2 weeks 6 days ago
    I’ve been watching with a degree of amusement as a handful of critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have labored mightily, on a couple of message boards, to dismiss the work of Drs. Royal Skousen and John Carmack on the nature of the original language of the English Book of […]
Dan Peterson

“Human words fail to express this experience.”

2 weeks 6 days ago
    Was Darwin wrong?  I continue my notorious war against reason and science by sharing this interesting article:   “What Darwin Didn’t Know About Evolution: New aspects of evolution have come to light with the introduction of advanced technologies that didn’t exist during Darwin’s era.”   Is it possible, is it even conceivable, that […]
Dan Peterson

“A World without Islam”

2 weeks 6 days ago
    Graham E. Fuller’s 2011 book A World without Islam impressed me very much.  Here are a few of the passages that I marked in it:   “If there had never been an Islam, if a Prophet Muhammad had never emerged from the deserts of Arabia, if there had been no saga of the […]
Dan Peterson

More thoughts on the Kavanaugh case

3 weeks ago
    With his permission, I share something that my friend and neighbor and, frequently, our amazingly generous helper with Interpreter Foundation technical needs Tom Pittman originally posted on Facebook:   I don’t know what happened between Kavanaugh and Ford, and neither do you. Witnesses would be helpful, but there are none.  In lieu of […]
Dan Peterson

A few notes on transiting and transitions

3 weeks ago
    Something that I’ve extracted from P.M.H. Atwater, The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences: The Ultimate Guide to What Happens When We Die (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 2007):   Some experiencers mention traveling through a tunnel as part of their near-death scenario.  Some refer to this tunnel as long and dark and that they […]
Dan Peterson

The Passing of Rosemary Brown

3 weeks ago
    William Hamblin and Daniel Peterson continue to spew out the hatred and narrow-minded vitriol against non-Mormon faiths that have become at least Peterson’s stock in trade:   “Hinduism and India’s transformative ‘axial age'”   ***   Members of the Twelve on the road:   “Polish City of Gdańsk Receives Its First Apostolic Visit: Elder Uchtdorf’s […]
Dan Peterson

“Sufi, Saint, and Swinger”

3 weeks ago
    On Friday evening, at Lloyd Miller‘s invitation, my wife and I attended the screening of a new film about his life.  It was presented at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City.   The film, titled Sufi, Saint, and Swinger — directed by the British-Chinese Camilla French and her Colombian […]
Dan Peterson

“I don’t care who believes me and who doesn’t.”

3 weeks 1 day ago
    A curious item from P.M.H. Atwater, The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences: The Ultimate Guide to What Happens When We Die (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 2007):   [O]ne woman told me that as she sat next to the bed where her brother lay dying, she began to hear soft melodious music.  She looked […]
Dan Peterson

“A decent man who claimed to be a prophet of God”

3 weeks 1 day ago
    Here are some notes from an unpublished and as yet incomplete manuscript of mine:   The nineteenth century Chamber’s Encyclopedia said of Joseph Smith that From his early years he was regarded as a visionary and a fanatic; a fact which is of the utmost importance as affording a clue to his real […]
Dan Peterson

The Jews of Morocco during World War Two

3 weeks 1 day ago
    We’re just back from a movie theater screening of a performance of Shakespeare’s King Lear from National Theatre Live.  The play was filmed on the stage of the Duke of York’s Theatre, in the West End on St Martin’s Lane, in the City of Westminster, London.  Sir Ian McKellen was superb in the title role.  The other […]
Dan Peterson

“I knew that I had left my body.”

3 weeks 2 days ago
    Several people have told me that they’ve enjoyed my blog entries on near-death experiences, so, for that reason and also because doing so encourages me to extract the notes that I’ve made in various books, I think I’ll continue to post them here from time to time.   Here are a couple of […]
Dan Peterson

“She told me the whole story.”

3 weeks 2 days ago
    From an unpublished manuscript:   An 1838 letter from Sally Parker, a former neighbor of Lucy Mack Smith, sheds interesting light on Mother Smith’s experiences.  Lucy, the writer says, “was one of the finest of women—always helping them that stood in need.” She told me the whole story.  The plates was in the […]
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