Skip to main content
Home
Faith is By Choice Striving to Build Faith in the Church of Jesus Christ

Sic Et Non

NDEs across cultures and before and after 1975

1 month ago
    Here are a few more notes that I’ve drawn from Pim van Lommel, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010).  Dr. van Lommel is a Dutch cardiologist:   Many thousands of people are known to have had a near-death experience, but estimates put the number of people who have […]
Dan Peterson

On Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser

1 month ago
    The situation could change — has, in fact, been changing — with stunning rapidity.  We don’t know what new allegations or evidence might or might not come forward.   If I had to make a prediction right now, though, I would guess that the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States […]
Dan Peterson

Two of the Most Beloved Verses in the Qur’an

1 month ago
    I offer here my own inadequate translations of two of the most loved verses in the Qur’an, which is revered as holy scripture by the world’s more than 1.5 billion Muslims:     God!  There is no God but He, the Living, the Self-Existent. Neither slumber nor sleep can seize Him. Whatever is […]
Dan Peterson

“Oedipus Wrecked”

1 month ago
    Many years ago, while I was still an undergraduate and before I was married (and maybe before I had even met my future wife), several of us — including at least two of us who were studying classical Greek — got together, in lieu of less worthwhile activities like our studies, to make […]
Dan Peterson

“The clarity and insight I had in that state are simply indescribable.”

1 month ago
    A bit more from Pim van Lommel, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010).  In this case, two near-death experience accounts:   I was immersed in a feeling of total love.  It was crystal clear to me why I’d had cancer.  Why I had come into this world in […]
Dan Peterson

A Comment on Latter-day Saints and the Bible

1 month ago
    I’m one of the two Gospel Doctrine teachers in my ward, and today it was my privilege to teach Lesson 35, which treats the “minor” prophets Amos and Joel.  It gave me a chance to dust off a column that Bill Hamblin and I wrote for the Deseret News back in January 2013: […]
Dan Peterson

“All of a sudden I knew that I was dead.”

1 month ago
    I’m still working my way through the passages that I’ve marked in Pim van Lommel, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010).   Here are two partial first-person acccounts of near-death experiences:   All of a sudden I knew that I was dead.  This realization struck me as […]
Dan Peterson

A few lines on my “obsession” with Islam

1 month ago
    A virulently anti-Islamic reader of this blog — I hadn’t noticed his hostility to Islam until the past day or two — has now posted several comments taking issue with my views on the subject.  I’ve decided to post my response to him as a free-standing blog entry, here:   GK: “I see. […]
Dan Peterson

That day is past.

1 month ago
    Royal Skousen came by just now and dropped off our copies of the two massive books that make up Part Three (The Nature of the Original Language) of Volume Three (The History of the Text of the Book of Mormon) of his venerable project devoted to the “Critical Text of the Book of […]
Dan Peterson

“Love is one of the chief characteristics of Deity”

1 month ago
    If you have any Jewish friends, you might perhaps find this seasonally-appropriate article — the latest installment of the biweekly Hamblin-Peterson newspaper column — of particular interest:   “Yom Kippur and the quest for forgiveness”   Incidentally, you’ll notice that the article appeared in both the print and the online editions of the […]
Dan Peterson

Jihad and the Modern World

1 month ago
    Further notes from Michael Bonner, Jihad in Islamic History: Doctrines and Practice (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2006):   Meanwhile [in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries], thinkers in several countries began to take a new look at the jihad, as they contemplated the place of Islam, and especially of Islamic law, within […]
Dan Peterson

“I whirled, floated, toward it.”

1 month ago
    A couple more items drawn from Pim van Lommel, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010):   I felt that I was sliding deep down into another state of consciousness.  That’s to say, my consciousness traveled while my body remained motionless on the bed.  I could see my […]
Dan Peterson

“The words were both his and God’s.”

1 month ago
    I just came across this passage from my friend Richard Bushman, whom I last saw when we spent several hours interviewing him a few weeks ago in Manhattan for the Interpreter Foundation’s film project on the Book of Mormon Witnesses.  What he says here ties in nicely with my recent blog entry titled […]
Dan Peterson

Recovering my memory

1 month ago
    Yesterday, in a blog entry titled “Needing help with a memory,” I mentioned a story that I had heard very nearly half a century ago — I’m that old! — and that impressed me so deeply that I’ve remembered it and often thought about it ever since.  The trouble is that I don’t recall the […]
Dan Peterson

A day for reflection

1 month ago
    My father was born 105 years ago, today.   He came relatively late to marriage and to fatherhood.  The Great Depression, working with Franklin Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps, enlistment in the peacetime United States Army, the outbreak of World War Two, and then time spent trying to earn a living and eventually to […]
Dan Peterson

On classical Islam and today’s “jihadis”

1 month 1 week ago
    Three more passages extracted for my notebook from Michael Bonner, Jihad in Islamic History: Doctrines and Practice (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2006):   Seen in this way, are these jihadists of today the direct heirs of the raiders and ghazis of the ‘Abbasid, Ottoman, and other premodern Islamic empires and states?  For […]
Dan Peterson

Needing help with a memory

1 month 1 week ago
    Many, many years ago, before my mission, somewhere around 1970-1971 when I was a freshman at BYU, I began to attend the regular (weekly? monthly?) Sunday evening meetings somewhere in Provo of a group that, if I’m not mistaken, was known simply as “The Group.”  It was, I think, loosely intended to help […]
Dan Peterson

Not a very successful charlatan . . .

1 month 1 week ago
    Notes from a rough and incomplete manuscript:   Even many of Joseph’s critics wrestled with the possibility that he might actually have been honest and sincere.  Josiah Quincy sums up his account of his 1844 visit to Nauvoo with the comment that, “If the reader does not know just what to make of […]
Dan Peterson

“Now I know that the mind and body are separate”

1 month 1 week ago
    Here are three further notes taken from Pim van Lommel, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010).  The first is a specimen of the panoramic life review reported by many who experience NDEs:   My whole life so far appeared to be placed before me in a kind […]
Dan Peterson

Elder William E. McLellin and the Qur’an

1 month 1 week ago
    In a recent post, I cited Michael Bonner, Jihad in Islamic History: Doctrines and Practice (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2006):   How were people expected to know that these words of Revelation were indeed of divine origin?  One answer to the question was that the Prophet Muhammad, through whom the words […]
Dan Peterson
Checked
4 hours 19 minutes ago
Subscribe to Sic Et Non feed