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Charity: “The Greatest of All”

1 month 1 week ago
    The biggest story related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of late, has probably been the release — simultaneously, and in various formats, in Cebuano, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog and Tongan — of Saints: The Standard of Truth: 1815-1846.   It’s the new […]
Dan Peterson

“But some of my ancestors were on the other side”

1 month 1 week ago
    Those reporting near-death experiences (NDEs) often mention having seen a wall, valley, bridge, river, thick fog, or gate that they sensed as an pivotally important border.  They were somehow aware that, if they crossed this border, they would be unable to return to their mortal bodies and to resume their earthly lives.   […]
Dan Peterson

Two challenging questions related to Islam, one for historians and one for individuals

1 month 1 week ago
    From Michael Bonner, Jihad in Islamic History: Doctrines and Practice (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2006):   How was one to know whether Muhammad’s revelation, the Qur’an, was actually true?   How were people expected to know that these words of Revelation were indeed of divine origin?  One answer to the question […]
Dan Peterson

It matters.

1 month 1 week ago
    A remarkable passage from page 88 of The Abundance of the Heart (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1986), by Arthur Henry King:   My first real discovery of nature in life came one morning in April 1916. My father put me on the back of his bike, where I had a little seat, and […]
Dan Peterson

“Able to recall surprising details”

1 month 1 week ago
    This won’t go on forever, but I’m continuing to extract — and to share — notes from my reading of Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), by the Dutch cardiologist and researcher Pim van Lommel:   When heart patients without an NDE were asked to describe their resuscitation, […]
Dan Peterson

On Elder Cook in Nauvoo

1 month 1 week ago
    I think that you’ll enjoy this short video, if you can take just five minutes to watch it:   “New Church History Book ‘Saints’ the Focus of Broadcast With Elder Cook: Church historians also answer questions from Nauvoo, Illinois in live event”   On the same topic, I like this piece from Stephen Smoot, […]
Dan Peterson

Coming, at 7 PM on 25 September 2018!

1 month 1 week ago
    Celebrating Two New Books in the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project:  The Nature of the Original Language of the Book of Mormon On Tuesday, September 25, at 7 p.m., BYU Professor Royal Skousen will speak on the just-published The Nature of the Original Language, parts 3 and 4 of volume 3 of the […]
Dan Peterson

Jihad in the Qur’an

1 month 1 week ago
    Continuing with a few notes from Michael Bonner, Jihad in Islamic History: Doctrines and Practice (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2006):   Writing already existed in Arabia when Islam first arose, and many Muslims of the first generations wrote, most often in the Arabic language.  However, for a number of reasons, writings […]
Dan Peterson

“Too sincere to be a deceiver and too intelligent to be self-deceived”

1 month 1 week ago
    “Basically,” as the late historian Richard Lloyd Anderson noted, “the study of Mormon origins resolves itself into the credibility of the earliest Mormons. Once this question is stated, the difficulty of answering it lies in the terribly conflicting opinions about Joseph Smith from the beginning. But one seasoned in human experience is hardly […]
Dan Peterson

Mind, Brain, and Consciousness

1 month 1 week ago
    Taken together, these two passages from the prominent English mathematician G. H. Hardy’s A Mathematician’s Apology (1940) seem to me significant and worthy of reflection:   The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s, must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. […]
Dan Peterson

Testimony and Controversy

1 month 1 week ago
    With lots of obligations, several ambitions, and a limited number of hours in the day, I have, as I acknowledged on Saturday, permitted my Mormon Scholars Testify site to slide for quite a while.  But the small backlog of submitted testimonies has grown large enough to impact even my lethargic conscience.  So another […]
Dan Peterson

“Jihad in Islamic History”

1 month 1 week ago
    I’m just back from helping with a broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show with Martin Tanner and John Gee and a new participant, Terry Hutchinson.  I think it went pretty well.   ***   One of my many bad habits is the fact that, although I read widely and typically mark up everything […]
Dan Peterson

The branch in Cairo

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    I first became really aware of the power of Latter-day Saint community when my wife and I were living in Cairo.  Or, more precisely, in Ma‘adi, to the south of Cairo.   We ended up spending four academic years there.  We hadn’t planned on that initially.  We simply kept on extending — and […]
Dan Peterson

“A single fact can overturn an entire system”

1 month 1 week ago
    I continue to extract and share notes from Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), by the Dutch cardiologist and researcher Pim van Lommel:   All science is empirical science, all theory is subordinate to perception; a single fact can overturn an entire system.  (Frederik van Eeden, cited on […]
Dan Peterson

Of Cannabis and Cardston, among Other Things

1 month 1 week ago
    A new podcast, available via the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “Isaiah 2.0,” with Joseph M. Spencer   ***   The Latter-day Saint community of Cardston, Alberta, figures prominently in this article from the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail:   “In age of pot shops, a new kind of ‘dry’ community […]
Dan Peterson

On my supposed expulsion from the “Deseret News”

1 month 1 week ago
    I’ve received some expressions of concern (and seen one or two expressions of delight) at what a few have taken to be my dismissal or demotion at the Deseret News, as revealed by the fact that my column for this week didn’t appear on the Deseret News website as expected on Thursday but, […]
Dan Peterson

The Latter-day Saints and “Stalinist Art” Revisited (Part Five)

1 month 1 week ago
    I had a couple of additional things that I wanted to say about the ludicrously determined insistence of a small handful of critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the silly claim that Latter-day Saint art and architecture is “Stalinist.”  So I might as well get on with it. […]
Dan Peterson

The brain and the problem of consciousness

1 month 1 week ago
    This was, to me, an extraordinarily interesting article, for several quite distinct reasons:   “Is Science Infinite?  Science will never tell us who we really are, and that is why it will last forever”   The notion that there may be some aspects of reality — very expressly including consciousness — that are, […]
Dan Peterson

Gratitude and decency demand it.

1 month 1 week ago
    I’m grateful to Matthew Wheeler for calling this very interesting site to my attention:   The Muslim Experience in World War I:  The most comprehensive story of the global allied Muslim contribution   For several reasons, it reminds me of this story, about which I first heard just today:   “Special Forces soldiers fight […]
Dan Peterson

Some quick thoughts on that anonymous op-ed

1 month 1 week ago
    So everybody is abuzz about the anonymous op-ed that appeared the other day in the New York Times — as well as about the new book by Bob Woodward that runs pretty much along the same lines — which claims to reveal that there is a patriotic “resistance” to Donald Trump within the current presidential […]
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