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Temple on Mount Zion (D) and Elder Holland’s Remarks

1 month 1 week 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)

1 month 1 week 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)

1 month 1 week 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)

1 month 1 week 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

1 month 1 week 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 […]
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Māori Saints, the Temple, and More on the Book of Abraham

1 month 1 week 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 […]
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Unity, diversity, and the Qur’an

1 month 1 week 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”

1 month 1 week 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

1 month 1 week 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

1 month 1 week 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”

1 month 1 week 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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Near-death experiences in a very different culture

1 month 1 week ago
    Three contiguous passages extracted for my notebook from John Burke, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God’s Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015):   [Karlis] Osis and [Erlendur] Haraldsson, two researchers, studied five hundred Americans and five hundred Indians to determine how much religious or cultural conditioning shaped one’s […]
Dan Peterson

The Islamic monolith?

1 month 1 week ago
    Some further useful notes from John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (New York: Gallup Press, 2007), illustrating the diversity that is to be found across the Islamic world:   The majority of the world’s Muslims live in Asia and Africa, not the Arab world.  Only […]
Dan Peterson

Responding to popular demand, Peterson reacts to the midterm elections

1 month 1 week ago
    That the Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives is unfortunate, from my point of view, but scarcely unexpected.  In fact, of course, it surprised very few.  The party out of power typically does well in off-year elections.   Was it a referendum on Mr. Donald J. Trump?  My sense is that, […]
Dan Peterson

Forgotten things, recalled to remembrance

1 month 1 week ago
    In miscellaneous science news:   “Why the world should remember this forgotten Danish physicist: The little-known physicist Ludvig Lorenz ought to be better known, for he truly stands alongside the great figures in international science.”   “Discovery of ancient ramp may solve Egyptian pyramids mystery”   I found this article quite intriguing:   […]
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“Confirmed, in its very origin, by so many witnesses”

1 month 1 week ago
    While hosting me for my little fireside up in American Fork last Saturday, Ben Pack kindly gave me (among other things) a copy of David Hammer, comp., The Pamphlets of Orson Pratt: The Complete Collection (Salt Lake City: Eborn Publishing, 2017)   One of the essays contained in the volume is “Evidences of […]
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“I sped through what appeared to be a narrow pathway”

1 month 1 week ago
    Here is an account of yet another near-death experience drawn from John Burke, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God’s Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015).   This one is the report of Captain Dale Black, a veteran commercial airline pilot who has logged 17,000 hours in the air. […]
Dan Peterson

Iran 1: Arriving in Tehran

1 month 1 week ago
    Many years ago, back during the relatively moderate Iranian presidency of Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, I was invited to participate as an all-expense-paid guest in a conference in Tehran that focused on the thought of the early seventeenth-century Iranian philosopher Mulla Sadra.   Then as now, going to Iran as an American was slightly […]
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This Saturday: “The Temple on Mount Zion”

1 month 1 week ago
    Please share this with anybody who might be interested:     Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:00 am–5:00 pm 251 TNRB (N. Eldon Tanner Building), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Sponsored by: BYU College of Humanities, Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages The Interpreter Foundation The conference will focus on LDS conceptions of ancient and […]
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