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“Dispute with them in the best way”

1 month ago
    News about the Middle East and/or the world of Islam:   “Jerusalem mayoral race exposes religious-secular rift”   “The plight of Asia Bibi should have everyone in the West trembling”   “Neighborhood Watch: Will Asian Countries Turn a Blind Eye to Uyghur Issues in China?  Will any of China’s neighbors speak out against […]
Dan Peterson

“By Small Means”

1 month ago
    New, in the soon to be renamed Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   “‘By Small Means’: Rethinking the Liahona,” by Timothy Gervais and John L. Joyce The Liahona’s faith-based functionality and miraculous appearance have often been viewed as incongruous with natural law. This paper attempts to reconcile the Liahona to scientific law by […]
Dan Peterson

“I had left my body”

1 month ago
    Many years ago, there was a period when my speaking engagements on behalf of the old FARMS — the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, predecessor to the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and, organizationally, to BYU’s new-direction Maxwell Institute — got a bit out of hand.  I was being […]
Dan Peterson

Paradise Lost

1 month ago
    As has been happening for the past several weeks, my biweekly “Defending the Faith” column appeared today in the print edition of the Deseret News and, at the following link, in the online edition of LDS Living:   “The Excommunicated Apostle Who Continued to Share Powerful Witnesses of the Book of Mormon”   […]
Dan Peterson

Some Qur’anic translations for Sydney

1 month ago
    What follow are verses from the Qur’an that I intend to quote during my remarks at the University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law in Sydney on 27 November.  In order to include them in my speech, I’ve translated them afresh — which has made me acutely aware, as such exercises always do, […]
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Of orangutans, craters, Neanderthals, and an ocean-eating planet

1 month ago
    I share with you some news from the world of science that’s recently caught my eye:   A pretty dramatic headline:   “The Earth Is Eating Its Own Oceans”   But this one is perhaps even more dramatic.  Nice to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there:   “Naples volcano heading for […]
Dan Peterson

Light the World!

1 month ago
    The 11 November 2018 edition of the weekly Interpreter Radio Show is now available for listening online, at your convenience:   Interpreter Radio Show — November 11, 2018   In it, Martin Tanner, Terry Hutchinson, and John Gee discuss the historicity of the Book of Abraham as well as certain new books..   *** […]
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“The Scarlet Pimpernel”

1 month ago
    I really, seriously, genuinely didn’t have the time, but I wanted to go and we had tickets.  It’s quite simply one of my very favorite stories, and I’ve never tired of it.  (I also very much like the novel itself, as well as the 1982 film version featuring Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, and […]
Dan Peterson

“I knew I was dying now”

1 month ago
    My friend Ted Vaggalis has called my attention to this important story from the world of nature:   “Police Lock Up Angry Raccoons Drunk On Crabapple Hooch Until They Sober Up”   I like to keep my readers up with the latest news from the cutting edge of zoological research.   ***   […]
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Melbourne is back on the program

1 month ago
    As I’ve mentioned here before, I’ll be delivering the seventh Annual Religious Liberty Lecture at the University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law in Sydney later this month, on Tuesday, 27 November 2018:   https://www.notredame.edu.au/events-items/annual-religious-liberty-lecture   It now seems that, in addition to that public lecture, I’ll also be giving two Latter-day Saint […]
Dan Peterson

Join the Cause! A Note on the Power of Cumulative Effort

1 month ago
    I’m hoping that this will encourage you to join in the great task of sharing the Gospel — in a multitude of ways, including your own very personal fashion (whatever it might be) — with the world, online.  No one person can do it, obviously, but a “royal army” of Latter-day Saints, collectively, […]
Dan Peterson

Great news for the arts in Utah Valley

1 month ago
    It’s been a good day for the arts in Utah Valley, and both of the events that I’m going to mention have links to Utah Valley University, which is located just a few blocks from my house — considerably closer than is Brigham Young University, where I work.   I think that it’s […]
Dan Peterson

“We’re not making much money on this business, are we?”

1 month ago
    New, on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective: Part 4, What Attracts People to the Church?”   ***   This is a very nice little item from the Church’s Newsroom:   “Sister Aburto Reaches Out to Navajo Latter-day Saints in the American Southwest: Relief Society […]
Dan Peterson

A call to repentance from the Qur’an

1 month ago
    One of the courses that I’m teaching this term is a small class on the Qur’an in English.  Reading this evening in Surah 49 (“The Private Rooms”) in preparation for tomorrow morning’s class session, I came across this passage as it’s rendered by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem in his Oxford translation:   […]
Dan Peterson

Fish oil, fish smarts, and intelligent protons

1 month ago
    “Vitamin D And Fish Oil Supplements Mostly Disappoint In Long-Awaited Research Results”   Actually, I wasn’t entirely disappointed.  That word mostly in the headline leaves out possible striking benefits with regard to heart attacks.  No small thing, that, if it pans out.   ***   In the meantime, an issue that might arise in […]
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Watching the Catholic Church

1 month ago
    A perhaps unexpected gathering on the Provo campus of Brigham Young University:   “NCAA Common Ground IV at BYU: Asking sincere questions, finding radical hope”   ***   Although I’m obviously not a Catholic, I found this quite interesting and worthy of recommending to other non-Catholics.  It raises an issue that, in many […]
Dan Peterson

A note on consensus and authority

1 month 1 week ago
    My blog’s resident atheistic and scientistic ideologue will undoubtedly denounce me for my alleged hostility to science because I’ve posted links to the following two articles.  Each article questions scientific authority and dissents from powerful consensuses.  However, I doubt that I’m any more hostile to science than either of the articles’ authors is: […]
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