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Hans-Georg Gadamer on Scientism

2 weeks 2 days ago
    I’ve posted several items on this theme — most recently, yesterday.   The important German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) is best known for his 1960 work Wahrheit und Methode (English: Truth and Method).  He is considered one of the most important exponents of the modern European “continental” tradition in philosophy.   Here are some […]
Dan Peterson

The Qur’an on the Last Days

2 weeks 3 days ago
    Continuing with my manuscript on Islam for Latter-day Saints:   As we saw in the last chapter, one of the major themes of the Qur’an is the Day of Judgment, when the Lord will come with his angels.[1] On that day, which will be announced by a trumpet, there will be a new […]
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“Scientism,” “cult-acolytes” and me

2 weeks 3 days ago
    I receive a fair amount of hate mail.  This afternoon, for example, the following treatise (quoted in its entirety, except for a family-blog-unfriendly pejorative) arrived at my inbox:   you and your cult acolytes love the word ‘scientism’.  that’s cult-speak… [obscene epithet deleted].   Now, I recognize this fellow’s characteristic style and his, um, reasoning; he’s […]
Dan Peterson

Still grinding away.

2 weeks 3 days ago
    Another extract from a manuscript on which I’m actively working:   Muhammad may be the last of the prophets, in Muslim belief, but he was certainly not the first. Thus, fragments of God’s truth remain scattered about the world, owing to the earlier ministries of divinely-sent messengers. Judaism and Christianity are included in […]
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Remembrance of Things Past

2 weeks 3 days ago
    I launched this blog very nearly six years ago, on 8 February 2012.   That year was fated to be a very fateful and extraordinarily unpleasant one for me — including not merely my being suddenly purged from the Maxwell Institute but the unexpected death of my beloved half-brother, my only sibling — and […]
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Faith and Postulates

2 weeks 4 days ago
    “At least this is the way I see it. I am a physicist. I also consider myself a Christian. As I try to understand the nature of our universe in these two modes of thinking, I see many commonalities and crossovers between science and religion. It seems logical that in the long run […]
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The Qur’an and the religion of Abraham

2 weeks 5 days ago
    A few more lines from my manuscript on Islam for Latter-day Saints:   Yet the Qur’an does not bring any new truths. It does not claim to do so. It is merely a restoration of those truths that had been revealed from the beginning. It carries forward what was written in the books […]
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A limit to Christ’s power in a previously unknown saying of Jesus?

2 weeks 5 days ago
    While I’m in an elegiac mood with regard to Brigham Young University’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), which I conceived and founded and for which I served for many years as director and editor-in-chief — see “Middle Eastern Texts Initiative moving to Brill” — I hope that you’ll indulge me by permitting me to celebrate, once […]
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“There is grandeur in this view of life”

2 weeks 5 days ago
    Arguments have raged for well over a century and a half about the implications of the theory of evolution for theistic belief, and they will, no doubt, continue to rage for the foreseeable future.  One thing that simply cannot be said, however, is that theism as such is impossible to reconcile with belief […]
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“Middle Eastern Texts Initiative moving to Brill”

2 weeks 5 days ago
    I’ve been aware that this announcement was coming, but have held off from commenting on it until it was made public:   “Middle Eastern Texts Initiative moving to Brill”   I conceived and founded the Islamic Translation Series, which eventually became the more comprehensive Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), in the early 1990s.   Already […]
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Einstein and “Cosmic Religious Feeling”

2 weeks 6 days ago
    Notes from Hans Küng, The Beginning of All Things: Science and Religion, translated by John Bowden (Grand Rapids and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company).   Commenting on the account in Genesis:   Light was created before all other things, even before sun, moon, and stars.  Joseph Haydn in his oratorio The Creation […]
Dan Peterson

Muhammad and the restoration of lost truth

2 weeks 6 days ago
    Continuing through my forthcoming (and still evolving) manuscript on Islam for a Latter-day Saint audience:   Still, it was necessary and foreseen that a final messenger would have to be sent to bring the truth to the earth one final time before the consummation of all things. And it was fitting that, as […]
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May your new year begin even better than Amalickiah’s!

2 weeks 6 days ago
    Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published a new article today:   “The Book of Mormon Witnesses and Their Challenge to Secularism”   ***   And here, in honor of the holiday weekend before us, is a column of mine that appeared in the Deseret News back on 29 December 2011:   We’re approaching […]
Dan Peterson

Life-Giving Water

2 weeks 6 days ago
    For those of you who may have (unintentionally) missed it, Meridian Magazine has picked up my blog post on   “Winston Churchill, Brigham Young, and Dithering”   In my piece, while I say that I very much enjoyed the film Darkest Hour and very highly recommend it, I cited an article that was […]
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“Dawkins’s Utopia”

3 weeks ago
    Three passages from a response to Richard Dawkins by the distinguished British writer and Cambridge University academic John Cornwell, editor of such volumes as Nature’s Imagination, Explanations, and Consciousness and Human Identity and author of such books as Coleridge: A Critical Biography, Hitler’s Pope, Power to Harm, Hitler’s Scientists, and The Pope in Winter:   I […]
Dan Peterson

Jesus and Christianity in the Qur’an

3 weeks ago
      Here’s a pleasant article, brought to my attention — if I’m not mistaken — by Matthew Wheeler:   “The Muslim youth group who help bring festive cheer”   ***   And this is a topic that richly deserves attention:   “One story to watch: Will 2018 see notable decline in the Middle […]
Dan Peterson

Tempering Iron

3 weeks ago
    We’re nearing the time for New Year’s resolutions.  They can be helpful, sometimes.  We often focus on quantifiable goals, like losing twenty pounds or saving a thousand dollars or exercising five days a week.  But the most important goals are often not measurable in such simple ways.   Two of the most important […]
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“Hey, Mormons — leave dead Jews alone!”

3 weeks ago
    I realize that this is a thankless task, and that it can only serve to confirm the position of those who already agree with me and to further inflame those who already don’t.  I recognize, too, that doing so will expose me to inevitable accusations of insensitivity and disrespect and even, from my […]
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Why Christmas is necessary

3 weeks 1 day ago
    I’ve been struck, over the past few days, by the number of people who have lost close relatives or friends this Christmas season.   I posted an entry about one of them earlier today, under the title of “The passing of a truly remarkable Latter-day Saint.”  And here’s a sad new story from […]
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The passing of a truly remarkable Latter-day Saint

3 weeks 1 day ago
    This item, written by Darvell Rowley (whom I do not know) reached me via a circuitous route on social media a few days ago.  I hope that he won’t mind my sharing it; I’ve been unable to reach him.  I’ve also borrowed some of the photographs that accompanied his comments.     I […]
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