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Potentially a really, really, really big development

3 weeks 2 days ago
    I really didn’t want to post another item about Judge Kavanaugh and his accusers for at least a day or two — if, indeed, I ever posted anything on the subject again at all.  But this is, potentially, a hugely important development in the Kavanaugh case, so I’m calling it to your notice […]
Dan Peterson

“Journey of Faith”

3 weeks 2 days ago
    I wonder how many people out there are aware of the two Journey of Faith films and of the book, bearing the same title, that was published to accompany the first of them.  Not many, I would guess.   The first film, which appeared in 2006, featured a number of scholars and focused on […]
Dan Peterson

More on Judge Kavanaugh and those who want to take him down

3 weeks 3 days ago
    Despite the continual claims by a certain anonymous internet critic of mine who’s been publicly attacking me for years and years and years, I don’t have much of a temper.  I’m rarely angry.  I’m pretty much what was once, at least, called a “Type B” personality.  (In that regard, I take after my […]
Dan Peterson

“Spend a Friday Afternoon with Margaret Barker in Provo”

3 weeks 3 days ago
    I received the following news release that will interest some of you:   Spend a Friday Afternoon with Margaret Barker in Provo   On October 12, Margret Barker will be here for a brief visit in Provo. She will speak at 2:00 pm, Friday afternoon here on BYU campus, in the J. Reuben […]
Dan Peterson

On the Kavanaugh case, again

3 weeks 3 days ago
    When Neil Gorsuch was selected for the United States Supreme Court, I predicted on several occasions that the opposition to him would be nothing compared to the opposition to Trump’s next nominee.  Why?  Because the conservative Judge Gorsuch, in replacing the great conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, would merely be continuing the status quo […]
Dan Peterson

Introducing Royal Skousen (25 September 2018)

3 weeks 3 days ago
    In response to the absolutely deafening clamor of entreaties and demands for me to post the text of my introduction at last night’s presentation by Drs. Royal Skousen and Stanford Carmack — I know that the clamor has been deafening because I haven’t heard it at all — I hereby offer what I […]
Dan Peterson

Islam and Mormonism: Some Similarities and Differences (Fifth Part)

3 weeks 3 days ago
    Finishing up with some very basic notes.   Differences (concluded):   Evangelization, in the Islamic view, tends to be a one-way street.  People can and should convert to Islam.  If a person converts from Islam to some other (necessarily inferior) religion, many Muslims will deem that person worthy of death.  The view that […]
Dan Peterson

“This was a world I never wanted to leave again.”

3 weeks 4 days ago
    Here’s another account of a near-death experience or NDE, drawn from Pim van Lommel, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010):   While clinging to that buoy I felt that my situation was hopeless, and I was about to let go and drown.  Suddenly I found myself in another […]
Dan Peterson

“This earth is not our home”

3 weeks 4 days ago
    This earth is not our home. We are away at school, trying to master the lessons of “the great plan of happiness” so we can return home and know what it means to be there. Over and over the Lord tells us why the plan is worth our sacrifice – and His. Eve […]
Dan Peterson

Islam and Mormonism: Some Similarities and Differences (Fourth Part)

3 weeks 4 days ago
    Differences (continued):   Related to this point is the fact that, for Muslims, we are not all brothers and sisters because we are the children of the same God.  They understand what Christians mean when such words are used, and may even be sympathetic to the point a Christian might be trying to […]
Dan Peterson

“Opposing Kavanaugh by ‘Whatever Means Necessary’”

3 weeks 5 days ago
    Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls: Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; ’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him,  And […]
Dan Peterson

“Have some sympathy, and some taste”

3 weeks 5 days ago
    I’m sometimes quite puzzled by certain television commercials.  Recently there was an ad — I can’t recall what it was for — that used a non-Beatles version of the old Beatles song “Getting Better.”  I think it changed the lyrics just a tiny bit, from   I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, […]
Dan Peterson

“When the brain displays no measurable activity”

3 weeks 5 days ago
    A little bit more, now, from Pim van Lommel, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010):   We still do not know how it is possible for people to experience an enhanced consciousness during a cardiac arrest, that is, during a period when the brain displays no measurable activity and […]
Dan Peterson

Defying Senator Mazie Hirono’s clear orders, despite the fact that he’s a man, he has refused to just “shut up.”

3 weeks 5 days ago
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh sent the following letter to the chairman and the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier today.  See also my entry on “The Presumption of Guilt.”   Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein: When I testified in front of the Senate three weeks ago, I explained my belief that […]
Dan Peterson

The Presumption of Guilt

3 weeks 5 days ago
    Wow.  It was absurd.  (Senator Spartacus of New Jersey, for example, made an utter grandstanding fool of himself.)  Then it got ugly.  (Senator Hirono of Hawaii came out of the closet as an enemy of due process and the presumption of innocence, at least for males and Republicans, although “Senator Hirono Didn’t Always […]
Dan Peterson

Introducing Royal Skousen, April 2017

3 weeks 5 days ago
    I will be introducing Royal Skousen in the Hinckley Center tomorrow (Tuesday) night, on the BYU campus, for the lecture that he will deliver, assisted by Stanford Carmack, on “The Nature of the Original Language of the Book of Mormon.”   Here’s the text of the introduction that I gave to his lecture […]
Dan Peterson

Islam and Mormonism: Some Similarities and Differences (Third Part)

3 weeks 6 days ago
    Continuing with some notes on the topic:   Differences   Islam and Mormonism conceive of God rather differently.  Mormonism teaches an embodied God; at least officially (whatever ordinary, uneducated Muslims may believe, and though the Qur’an can easily—and, I think, should—be read otherwise), Islam teaches of a God without body or location.  (There […]
Dan Peterson

“This absolute light, which seemed to envelop me”

3 weeks 6 days ago
    I expect that I’ll stop extracting notes from Pim van Lommel, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010) fairly soon.  But not just yet.   Some people who have near-death experiences feel themselves pulled rather abruptly into a “dark space,” and about fifteen percent of them find it somewhat or […]
Dan Peterson

Big Questions (B)

3 weeks 6 days ago
    In my previous post — creatively titled “Big Questions (A)” — I responded to a reader’s concerns about the Church’s numbers being small and about the fact that even its numbered members too often have a hard time holding on.  I continue my reply to him in this post.  Here’s a continuation of […]
Dan Peterson

Big Questions (A)

3 weeks 6 days ago
    A reader of this blog sent me a heartfelt question, or complex of questions, last night, and I’ve chosen to respond to him here rather than on Facebook.  Not because I have a decisive or overpoweringly persuasive answer to his concern — it will rapidly be all too obvious that I don’t — […]
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