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Are Latter-day Saints Christians?

1 month ago
    Something that I wrote and published back in 1998:   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always accepted Jesus of Nazareth as testified of in the Bible: the divine Redeemer and Son of God who atoned for the sins of all mankind and ensured our universal resurrection. The church has […]
Dan Peterson

Light (C)

1 month ago
    From a manuscript of mine:   The medieval Florentine poet Dante Alighieri (d. 1321), author of the immortal Divina Commedia, concludes his famous journey through the Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise, in the Empyrean, or tenth heaven, where, a lone mortal among immortals, he beholds the “Eternal Light.”  He is overwhelmed, and, later, professes […]
Dan Peterson

Light (B)

1 month ago
    A Canadian woman told the Guggenheims about seeing her two daughters, ten days after their death in a farm accident: Noelle and Christie were standing there, hand-in-hand, sort of looking up.  They were bathed in a very bright, clear white light.  The light was indescribable!  It was brighter than anything I’ve ever seen, […]
Dan Peterson

Shari‘a (A)

1 month ago
    There is a great deal of concern among some Americans about shari‘a (or sharia, or shari‘ah; there is no single “right” way of transliterating Arabic شريعة‎) or what is sometimes called, a bit redundantly but also somewhat misleadingly, shari‘a law or Islamic law.  Much of that concern, I think, can be eliminated by […]
Dan Peterson

Politisches

1 month ago
    It’s time, probably, for me to post some of the links that I’ve been accumulating on broadly socio-political topics lately.   First, some of you may be aware that Vladimir Putin and his approximate United States counterpart, До́нальд Трамп, joined together for a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, earlier this week, and that reactions […]
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“The Truth about Science in the Middle Ages”

1 month ago
    I’ve just begun reading James Hannam, The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution (Washington DC: Henry Regnery, 2011).  Hannam earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Oxford University and a doctorate in the history of science from the University of Cambridge.   Here are a few notes […]
Dan Peterson

On having relationships with real people

1 month ago
    During the period between roughly my graduation from high school and going away to college, on the one hand, and, on the other, the arrival of my own children, I observed a couple of households that seemed to me pretty much my ideal of the Latter-day Saint family.  In the years afterward, however, […]
Dan Peterson

“Signals of Transcendence”

1 month ago
    Just a few notes from, yes, yet another of those incomplete manuscripts:   Oxford theologian Alister McGrath: Through the grace of God, the creation points to its Creator.  Through the generosity of God, we have been left with a latent memory of him, capable of stirring us toward a fuller recollection of him.  […]
Dan Peterson

Light (A)

1 month ago
    From one of my manuscripts:   Another famous element on Moody’s list is his eighth, the “being of light.”[1]  This, says Moody, “is certainly the element which has the most profound effect upon the individual.”[2]  Similar apparitions seem to have a similar effect in deathbed visions, too.  Osis and Haraldsson pass on a […]
Dan Peterson

Remembrance of Things Past

1 month ago
    I was surprised to see, in the July/August 2018 issue of Smithsonian, an article titled “Secrets of the Scrolls: A revolutionary American scientist is using subatomic physics to decipher 2,000-year-old texts from early days of Western civilization.”   As I expected, it’s about the recovery of texts from the ruins of ancient Herculaneum, […]
Dan Peterson

Creating a Witness to the Witnesses

1 month ago
    With several others, I spent most of yesterday filming interviews with Susan Easton Black and Terryl Givens for an ambitious project that we are undertaking in conjunction with the Interpreter Foundation.  (We already recorded two days of interviews with Richard Lloyd Anderson several months ago.)  I’m grateful to Drs. Easton Black and Givens […]
Dan Peterson

Jedediah M. Grant and the next world

1 month ago
    Two passages from a rough manuscript:   Jedediah M. Grant, a counselor to Brigham Young in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had lost his four-month-old daughter Margaret to cholera during the pioneer trek westward to the Great Basin of the Salt Lake on 2 September 1847.  […]
Dan Peterson

Orbis non sufficit

1 month ago
    Well, FreedomFest 2018 is complete.  (I’ll make my final report on Monday, most likely.)  And I’ve enjoyed it immensely.  I hope that a few of you will have the chance, someday, to attend one of these.   That said, I have to say that, for me, the fascinating economic and political issues discussed […]
Dan Peterson

The near-death experience “tunnel” (C)

1 month ago
    I share a note from one of my still-incomplete book manuscripts:   In accounts of near-death and out-of-body experiences collected from Pacific island cultures, tunnels as such do not occur, but subterranean passages do.  Such reports suggest that, while the specific concept of a “tunnel” may not be cross-cultural—narrators from simple, preindustrial cultures […]
Dan Peterson

From the floor of FreedomFest 2018 (Saturday morning)

1 month ago
    This morning, I attended a panel chaired by Matt Kibbe, author of (among other things) the delightfully-titled 2014 book Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.  The panel was named “Republicans Gone Wild: Reaching the Liberty-Curious Generation,” and it included Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Sen. Mike […]
Dan Peterson

Religion in Turkey (A)

1 month 1 week ago
    Some notes for The Book:   Christianity arrived in what is today known as Turkey very early.  The apostle Paul was born within the borders of modern Turkey, as was Timothy, his traveling companion and the recipient of some of his canonized epistles.  Later, Paul made the port city of Ephesus his missionary […]
Dan Peterson

Notes from FreedomFest 2018

1 month 1 week ago
    Earlier today, I attended a panel that included such figures as John Mackey (of Whole Foods Market) and Steve Forbes (of Forbes Magazine).  It was something like the television show Shark Tank.  Six entrepreneurs made presentations to them and, in the end, one of those entrepreneurs was chosen to receive $100K.  (There were […]
Dan Peterson

“Toleration and equal rights for all faiths”

1 month 1 week ago
    From Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:   “Thus, at a time when religious differences were often the cause of intolerance and violence, the Prophet Joseph Smith proclaimed toleration and equal rights for all faiths. He said: The Saints […]
Dan Peterson

The near-death experience “tunnel” (B)

1 month 1 week ago
    Continuing with a passage from a rough manuscript-in-progress:   One of Osis and Haraldsson’s physician-respondents told of an engineer in his fifties, stricken with coronary thrombosis: He saw a “bearded man” standing at the opening to a long golden corridor.  He was shaking his head and motioning him to go back, [and] said:  […]
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