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Great news for the arts in Utah Valley

10 hours 40 minutes 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 day 10 hours 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 day 11 hours 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:   […]
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Fish oil, fish smarts, and intelligent protons

1 day 17 hours 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 day 23 hours 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

2 days 15 hours 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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Temple on Mount Zion (D) and Elder Holland’s Remarks

3 days 10 hours ago
    I think that Saturday’s Temple on Mount Zion conference, jointly sponsored by the BYU Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages, the BYU College of Humanities, and the Interpreter Foundation, was a considerable success.  It was well attended and the presentations were very good.  I’m grateful to all who were involved.   For […]
Dan Peterson

Temple on Mount Zion (C)

3 days 18 hours ago
    I now offer the third installment of my brief report from the fourth biannual Temple on Mount Zion Conference, which was co-sponsored by Brigham Young University’s Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and its College of Humanities and by the Interpreter Foundation.  The conference, organized by Professor Stephen Ricks of Brigham Young […]
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Temple on Mount Zion (B)

3 days 20 hours ago
    Here is a second installment of my brief report from the fourth biannual Temple on Mount Zion Conference, which is co-sponsored by Brigham Young University’s Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and its College of Humanities and by the Interpreter Foundation.  The conference, organized by Professor Stephen Ricks of Brigham Young University, […]
Dan Peterson

Temple on Mount Zion (A)

3 days 23 hours ago
    What follows is the first installment of a brief report of the fourth biannual Temple on Mount Zion Conference, co-sponsored by Brigham Young University’s Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and its College of Humanities—those are my department and college—and by the Interpreter Foundation, which gathered today (Saturday) on the campus of […]
Dan Peterson

Islam and Australia

4 days 10 hours ago
    In the few spare moments that I’ve had to think about it up until now, I’ve been concerned about whether I had anything worthwhile to say for my lecture at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney later this month:   Annual Religious Liberty Lecture   This afternoon, I sat down and began […]
Dan Peterson

Māori Saints, the Temple, and More on the Book of Abraham

4 days 21 hours ago
    New, in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   “Marjorie Newton’s Account of the Faith of the Māori Saints: A Critical Appraisal”   There are by the way, some potentially very interesting developments underway in New Zealand at this very moment.  I hope that we’ll be hearing about them soon.   ***   You should […]
Dan Peterson

Unity, diversity, and the Qur’an

5 days ago
    I’m beginning to wind down with my note-taking from John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (New York: Gallup Press, 2007), which I actually read quite some time ago.  Some of these items are merely reminders to me of points that I want to make — or […]
Dan Peterson

“Welcome home, Samaa”

5 days 11 hours ago
    A strange but remarkable story that’s included in John Burke, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God’s Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015):   Eleven-year-old Jennifer was in a severe car accident and left her body.  She saw her “limp and lifeless body” below.  The voice of a spiritual […]
Dan Peterson

Marijuana and the Male Adolescent Brain

5 days 12 hours ago
    “Marijuana may change the decision-making part of teen brains: A new rat study hints at damage during adolescence”   I’ve described myself on innumerable occasions here on this blog as a conservative who leans libertarian with respect to many issues.  Part of the point of that self-description is to indicate that I’m not […]
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The Joseph Smith Papers Project and the Book of Abraham

5 days 13 hours ago
    The real question is not whether Joseph Smith knew Egyptian—no one has claimed that he did; or whether the book of Abraham is translated from the Book of Breathings—that, by universal admission, is impossible; or whether Joseph Smith was interested in producing an Egyptian grammar—he emphatically says that he was; or that the […]
Dan Peterson

“Peace for a Palestinian”

5 days 16 hours ago
    I was pleased to see this item in the Deseret News:   “‘Peace for a Palestinian’ tells story of Latter-day Saint woman’s faith amid war”   It reminded me of these two reviews of the book, which appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   “Dehumanization and Peace”   “Peace in the […]
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