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

2 weeks 6 days 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

2 weeks 6 days 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 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 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 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 […]
Dan Peterson

Our Favorable Location in the Solar System (Part 1)

3 weeks ago
    Gerald L. Schroeder is an Israeli-American and a devout Orthodox Jew who currently teaches at Jerusalem’s College of Jewish Studies.  He studied at MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees there in nuclear physics and in earth and planetary sciences.   Here, drawn from his book God According to God: […]
Dan Peterson

“The Dwarfs are for the Dwarfs!”

3 weeks 1 day ago
    It is, I realize, a weird character flaw — or, probably more accurately said, a regrettable personality defect — but I’m quite interested in what critics of the Church have to say.  For example, I look in fairly often on two extremely unpleasant (mostly atheist) online message boards, so as to see what’s […]
Dan Peterson

Χριστός ἀνέστη!

3 weeks 1 day ago
    Χριστός ἀνέστη!   In Greece and throughout much of the Orthodox Christian world, this is the traditional greeting on Easter Sunday.   And it’s a good one.   Khristos anesti!  Or, Christos anesti!  Christ is risen!   To which the traditional response is   Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!   Alithos anesti!  Truly, he is risen! […]
Dan Peterson

Love in marriage, and Parley Pratt’s appreciation of the Prophet Joseph Smith

3 weeks 1 day ago
    As reproduced in Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mae Andrus, Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith (American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2009), 59-60:   During these interviews he taught me many great and glorious principles concerning God and the heavenly order of eternity.  It was at this time that I received from him the […]
Dan Peterson

Life and our galactic location (Part 3)

3 weeks 2 days ago
    An Israeli-American, Gerald L. Schroeder is a devout Orthodox Jew who currently teaches at the College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.  He earned his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in nuclear physics and in earth and planetary sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).   Here, drawn from his book God According to God: A […]
Dan Peterson

Thinking about Easter and idolatry on a General Conference Saturday

3 weeks 2 days ago
    If you can find about 45 minutes — of course, you can watch it in shorter increments, as well — the April 2018 “World Report” of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is both very interesting and quite enjoyable, very well done:   “The World Report”   ***   I’m delighted […]
Dan Peterson

Life and our galactic location (Part 2)

3 weeks 2 days ago
      The Israeli-American Gerald L. Schroeder, an Orthodox Jew who earned his B.Sc., his M.Sc., and his Ph.D. in nuclear physics and in earth and planetary sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is one of the most interesting contemporary writers on science and religion.  He is a professor at Jerusalem’s College […]
Dan Peterson

Some offerings for Easter

3 weeks 3 days ago
    It being Friday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published yet another article.  This one is a special message for the season, from Alan C. Ashton:   “Easters: The Eternal Atoning Sacrifice Testifies of the Everlasting Redeeming Savior”   We began the practice a few years ago of publishing personal essays or […]
Dan Peterson

Western dominance and Muslim pride

3 weeks 3 days ago
    First of all, I would like to ask for some help.  Because of my article on Islam in the current issues of the Ensign and the Liahona, I’m currently under heavy attack from some circles — relatively small circles, I hope and think — of Latter-day Saints.   In some ways, it’s a refreshing […]
Dan Peterson

Three testimonies from men who knew him well

3 weeks 3 days ago
    Three personal reminiscinces from people who knew Joseph Smith very well, drawn from Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mae Andrus, Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith (American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2009):   Orson Pratt: I had the great privilege, when I was in from my missions, of boarding most of the time at […]
Dan Peterson

Life and our galactic location (Part 1)

3 weeks 4 days ago
    Among the most interesting living writers on religion and science is the Israeli-American Gerald L. Schroeder, an Orthodox Jew who earned his B.Sc., his M.Sc., and his Ph.D. in nuclear physics and in earth and planetary sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He teaches currently at the College of Jewish Studies, […]
Dan Peterson

Some notes from a politically conservative Latter-day Saint Islamicist

3 weeks 4 days ago
    An interesting article:   “Mormons want to save the planet — it’s part of their theology — but many shy away from being called environmentalists”   I agree that there is scriptural warrant — there has been from the very beginning, from right there in the story of Adam and Eve — for […]
Dan Peterson

“Occidentosis”

3 weeks 4 days ago
    Every day, a bit more:   Needless to say, Marxism could not deliver on its promises, nor give dissatisfied and humiliated residents of the Near East the dig­nity that they craved.  But what other answer was available? Well, the Islamic answer was there. It had always been there, but now its rivals were […]
Dan Peterson

You could have done better!

3 weeks 4 days ago
    I sometimes receive notes from a fellow — an active Latter-day Saint, so far as I can tell — who likes to tell me that what I do, and what my associates do, is often quite poorly done.  Late last year, for example, on the spur of the moment (literally so), I posted […]
Dan Peterson

“The immense legacy of Miletus”

3 weeks 4 days ago
    I often encounter the glib dismissal from certain atheist critics that people in the twenty-first century shouldn’t be seeking wisdom or guidance from Bronze Age goatherds, or something to that effect — by which, of course, they mean the Bible.   This has never struck me as a particularly cogent claim.  For one […]
Dan Peterson
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