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Merry Christmas from the Interpreter Foundation!

3 weeks 6 days ago
    The 2017 personal Christmas guest essay from the Interpreter Foundation has now appeared:   “Christmastime: When Our Souls Can Sing”   ***   Tomorrow — Saturday, 23 December 2017 — is the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Joseph Smith.  In that connection, my friend and Interpreter Foundation colleague Dr. Jeffrey Mark […]
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“The Book of Mormon at Christmas”

4 weeks ago
      Here’s  a Deseret News news column that I published on 15 December 2017:   The Book of Mormon is something worth noting at Christmas time: It’s a second witness for Jesus Christ. It begins, on its title page, by declaring that it comes forth “to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that […]
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“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat.”

4 weeks ago
    Today is the twenty-first day of the “Light the World” campaign, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The theme for today is   “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat.”   An excellent way to act on today’s theme can be found at the Liahona Children’s […]
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“A World without Islam”

4 weeks ago
    Back in 2014, Bill Hamblin and I published a Deseret News column titled “Is Islam a primary cause of international violence?”  It was focused upon (and inspired by) a book by the former CIA political analyst (and Kabul, Afghanistan, station chief) Graham Fuller.   Here are some quotations from that extremely stimulating book: […]
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“A disarming fact”

4 weeks ago
    A quotation from astronomer and astrophysicist Seth Shostak, extracted from something that I read earlier today:   Ever since Galileo, astronomers have somberly charted a universe that is stupefyingly large, bitterly cold, and implacably hostile.  As every schoolchild knows, we occupy a small planet around a common sort of star, itself just one of […]
Dan Peterson

“Joseph Smith was known as truthful”

4 weeks ago
    We’re approaching the anniversary of Joseph Smith’s birth.  (He was born on 23 December 1805.)  It’s seldom noticed by Latter-day Saints, which is probably fine, but I also think that mentioning it is appropriate.  Here’s a column that I published in the Deseret News back on 14 December 2011:   In January 1819, […]
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The Church continues its war on women?

4 weeks ago
    My Christmas column in the Deseret News for 2018 has now appeared:   “Christmas and Christ’s ‘mortal tabernacle'”   ***   “Elder Holland: To My Friends Who Want to Believe”   ***   Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a policy change that will permit holders of the […]
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“The ever-unfolding Revelation of God”

4 weeks 1 day ago
    Sad, indeed, would the whole matter be if the Bible had told us everything God meant us to believe. But herein is the Bible greatly wronged. It nowhere lays claim to be regarded as the Word, the Way, the Truth. The Bible leads us to Jesus, the inexhaustible, the ever-unfolding Revelation of God. […]
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‘Tis the season (and the end of the year)

4 weeks 1 day ago
    Thanks to Tom Pittman for creating this brief but very helpful video:   “How to Use Amazon Smile to Make Donations”   Folks, there is absolutely no reason not to use this.  It costs you absolutely nothing.  Nothing.  And yet it can benefit causes that you choose.   Now, on one level, it […]
Dan Peterson

“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see”

4 weeks 1 day ago
    I published this Christmas-related column on 22 December 2016:   Behind the tinsel and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, beyond Santa Claus, Christmas represents an enormously serious claim — the incarnation of God or, literally, God’s “enfleshment.” “And the Word was made flesh,” says John 1:14, “and dwelt among us.” It’s a proposition unique to […]
Dan Peterson

“No crying he makes.”

4 weeks 1 day ago
    I published this column in the Deseret News about two and a half weeks before Christmas 2013:   The first verse of the popular late-19th-century Christmas carol “Away in a Manger” (often mistakenly attributed to Martin Luther) ends peacefully with “the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.” Unfortunately, though, “The cattle are lowing; […]
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“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad”

4 weeks 1 day ago
    In 2014, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture began publishing specially commissioned personal essays at Christmas and Easter.  As of today, we’ve published a total of six such pieces.  Here are the three Christmas essays that have appeared thus far:   First, by the Latter-day Saint novelist Orson Scott Card:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/christmas-is-about-a-baby/   Second, a Christmas […]
Dan Peterson

The passing of the four orthodox caliphs

1 month ago
    Concluding the third chapter of the manuscript of my book on Islam for Latter-day Saints:   Umar was assassinated in 644 A.D. and was succeeded by a gentle if weak old man named Uthman.[1] He was assassinated, in turn, in 656 A.D., and finally it was Ali’s turn to assume the caliph­ate. It […]
Dan Peterson

Governor Ford and Joseph Smith

1 month ago
    Some very raw notes from part of a manuscript:   “He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do; and that my name should be […]
Dan Peterson

Evolution, Satanism, and Straw Men

1 month ago
    A thought on science and religion from the late Hugh Nibley:   Science represents a high court from whose judgment there is no appeal, the idea (Freud expresses it in his The Future of Illusion) . . . that all other judgments are outmoded traditions; [that] the judges are free from prejudice and […]
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Joseph Smith’s “expansive vision”

1 month ago
    I like this statement from my friend Don Bradley, and repost it here with his permission:   I want to share part of my faith here with those who aren’t familiar with it, and to testify of it to them, to my co-religionists, and to my children. The prophet-founder of my faith declared […]
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“In Jesus, this intermediary came to Earth and dwelt among us.”

1 month ago
    Just back from Abravanel Hall, where, with friends and some relatives, we enjoyed “A Broadway Christmas” with Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Utah Symphony (under the direction of Randall Craig Fleischer).     Before walking over to Abravanel Hall, we gathered with some of our friends and neighbors for what has become a […]
Dan Peterson

Two passages from Hugh Nibley about the meaning of life

1 month ago
We are pushed onto this earthly stage in the middle of the play that has been going on for thousands of years; we want to play an intelligent part and, in whispers, ask some of the older actors what this is all about—what are we supposed to be doing? And we soon learn that they […]
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Notes on beauty and scientific truth

1 month ago
    A few more of my rather raw notes toward an eventual manuscript*:   “At the fundamental level,” observes physicist David Gross, “nature, for whatever reason, prefers beauty.”[1]   Science writer K. C. Cole says that “the same properties that make a snowflake appealing underlie the laws that control the universe.  Truth and beauty […]
Dan Peterson

“I am one that was present”

1 month ago
    Just back from the 2017 Christmas concert of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, and the Bells on Temple Square.  The special guests this year were Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville.  We had a very good time, and it was made even better by find ourselves, purely coincidentally, seated by […]
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