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Imagine Heaven

1 month 1 week ago
    Three more passages, of varying length, from John Burke, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God’s Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015):   Hazeliene, from Singapore, blacked out, hit her head, and apparently “died.”  English is not her native language, but here is her account of what she experienced: […]
Dan Peterson

Muslim homogeneity and other tales

1 month 1 week ago
    Here are five more passages that I’ve extracted from John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (New York: Gallup Press, 2007), which I believe to be a quite important book:   [L]ike other religious and ethnic groups, Europe’s Muslims are not homogenous. . . . [M]any […]
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For me, the horizon was a bit too close.

1 month 1 week ago
    I grew up fairly near to Pasadena’s California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and typically drove by it, with my parents and then on my own, at least once or twice a month and probably, on average, just about every week.  There was, in my mind, a sense of almost mystical awe around the […]
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“Raising William Huntington from the Dead”

1 month 1 week ago
    In a very recent blog entry here (“Finally, I returned to my body”), I commented on the remarkable frequency with which “out-of-body experiences involve reports of being up near the ceiling.”  I’ve seen that phenomenon described literally scores and scores of times, in recollections from a wide variety of people.  Here’s another instance of […]
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“Finally, I returned to my body.”

1 month 1 week ago
    A bit more, for your interest (and, most definitely, for mine), from John Burke, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God’s Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015):   Immediately after my heart stopped, I found myself at ceiling level, I could see the EKG machine I was hooked to. […]
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Can reason survive naturalism?

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Yawn.  More notes from another incomplete manuscript.  I wrote this up several years ago.  Eventually, in sha’a Allah, it will be incorporated (probably in substantially modified form) into a more finished text and submitted for publication:   It is not obvious that reason as reason can survive on a naturalistic view of the […]
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Islam and the supposed evils of theism

1 month 2 weeks ago
    People in the West who strongly oppose and condemn Islam don’t do so merely for political reasons.  Some anti-theists and militant secularists use Islam as a particularly egregious example of the evils posed by religion in general.   Are they justified in doing so?  The evidence suggests that they are not.   Here […]
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A basic reading list

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Every once in a while, I feel moved to post this item, which I first wrote many years ago.  I feel impressed to do so yet again.   Other books and materials could easily be added to this list, addressing these and scores of other specific topics, but these will do for starters: […]
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“I simply don’t think those colors and lights exist on earth”

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Four passages reporting a multi-colored “sky” in heaven, from John Burke, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God’s Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015):   Dean Braxton recalls, “The most gorgeous sky ever seen here on earth cannot even come close to the atmosphere in Heaven.  It is bright […]
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“Light Is Scattered among All of God’s Children”

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Don’t forget!  The Interpreter Radio Show can be heard live via broadcast in the greater Salt Lake City area or, anywhere at all, by computer.  It originates between 7 PM and 9 PM on Sunday nights, Utah time:   The Interpreter Radio Show   I, alas, probably won’t be able to hear it […]
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Does Darwinism entail naturalism?

1 month 2 weeks ago
    From another of my manuscripts come these notes, in a fairly raw state:   Why does the public care so much about Darwinism and evolution?  Nobody — nobody who isn’t a specialist, anyway — becomes very exercised over quantum mechanics, the role of chlorophyll in photosynthesis, the nature of the covalent bond, or […]
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A note on misogyny in the Islamic world

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Is Islam, as such oppressive to women?  The situation is more complex than many in the West presume it to be.   A trio of passages that I found worthy of note in John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (New York: Gallup Press, 2007):   […]
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“It’s the pinnacle of everything there is.”

1 month 2 weeks ago
    I share with you here some additional passages that I recently marked while reading John Burke, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God’s Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015).   The first three concern the so-called “being of light,” famliar to anybody who has read much about near-death experiences: […]
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“Do not forsake me nor the truth”

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Please note this new aid for personal and family scripture study that is being made available at no cost by the Interpreter Foundation:   “Come, Follow Me Resource Index”   ***   In one of the several incomplete manuscripts that I have on my computer, there is a section on the evidence that […]
Dan Peterson

Humility and Science

1 month 2 weeks ago
    These unpublished notes are focused on science.  But they shouldn’t be taken as singling science out for unique censure.  All human enterprises are fallible.  Science is actually, on the whole, pretty good at correcting itself — though not quite as good as some naïve devotees of scientism imagine.   A note on humility. […]
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“Why Did Northern Israel Fall to the Assyrians?”

1 month 2 weeks ago
    New, in the pages of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   “Why Did Northern Israel Fall to the Assyrians? A Weberian Proposal”   It’s Friday, after all.   “This article is centered on possible causes for the fall of Israel and, secondarily, Judah. The topic is not new. The very destruction of these […]
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“The source of all light and power”

1 month 2 weeks ago
    I share here quotations from an account of an experience reported by Ian McCormack, a native of New Zealand, who, at the age of twenty, was stung four times by a school of box jellyfish while scuba diving on the reefs off of Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean.  His account is […]
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On education and Muslim women

1 month 2 weeks ago
    In the Christian Science Monitor:  “The conservative Christian college where Muslims feel welcome: Being a tiny minority in a community can amplify differences. But at BYU, a common history of being the ‘other’ leads to a learning atmosphere of empathy.”   ***   I share with you some further passages that caught my […]
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“The Ancient Temples of Egypt”

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Some of you may be interested in a lecture to be presented in West Jordan, Utah, on the evening of Thursday, 15 November 2018, by Steve Densley, of the Interpreter Foundation.  His topic will be “The Ancient Temples of Egypt””   “Learn Our Religion” Lecture Series   My wife and I were with […]
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