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Last comments from Europe, for a while

1 day 10 hours ago
  Well, the FAIR LDS conferences in Europe ended a week ago (though two or three solo presentations may remain).  They were, I think, reasonably successful.  The in-person attendance in Rome was disappointingly poor, but the audiences in Salzburg and Göteborg were fairly good.  And, in all cases, the talks were recorded, translated, and made […]
Dan Peterson

Farewell to Rivendell?

2 days 13 hours ago
  First of all, I wish a happy Juneteenth to everybody out there.  It’s a great day to remember. I first visited Switzerland fifty-four years ago.  Yes, I’m that old.  It was a brief visit, on a six-week tour of Europe with a busload of recent high school graduates.  We stayed for a couple of […]
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Deep into Inner (and Original) Switzerland

3 days 11 hours ago
  We headed out this morning along the northern shore of the Brienzersee (through Ringgenberg, which was probably my most important tracting area in the Berner Oberland and perhaps altogether in my mission, and where I had a remarkable set of unexpected experiences with the local Protestant pastor), back over the Brünigpass to Altdorf and […]
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The Most Beautiful Place on Our Planet

4 days 12 hours ago
  This morning, we drove from Zürich down past Luzern and then over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken, where I spent seven months of my mission.  Strictly speaking, we drove to a “suburb” of Interlaken called Matten, where a Swiss friend who earned a doctorate in the United States and who has lived and worked […]
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“Faith, Evidence and the Abundant Life”

5 days 12 hours ago
  I taught the Sunday school class this morning (on Alma 5-7) in what I think is the Västra Frölunda Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The ward meets in the building in which we held the FAIR conference yesterday — though it’s a different ward from where we attended (and […]
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A Ten-Year Anniversary Falls on Father’s Day

5 days 17 hours ago
    I maintain a blog for many reasons.  Irritating a small handful of folks on the Peterson Obsession Board was an afterthought, and it has never been among my primary motivations.. One of those reasons is purely personal:  It’s a kind of journal for me, and, even more particularly, it’s a way of remembering […]
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“Elvis Has Left the Library”

6 days 12 hours ago
  A new, 54-minute-long episode of the series A Marvelous Work — an episode that, shockingly, includes me — has been posted on the website of Scripture Central.  Watch it at your own risk:   “Who Actually Saw the Gold Plates? | A Marvelous Work Episode 5” The final gathering in the series of European […]
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In Beowulf Territory

1 week ago
  Two new articles went up today on the website of the Interpreter Foundation: “An Analysis of the Financial Incentives in Attacking the Restoration,” written by Ron C. Rhodes Abstract: With the popularity of social media growing exponentially, prominent critics of the Church are leveraging the platforms, particularly YouTube, as a key resource to produce […]
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Music! Again!

1 week 1 day ago
  Last night, we attended a performance by a string quintet (occasionally joined by a French horn) at the Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg.  The palace, which stands with its gardens on the shore of the Salzach River north of the medieval city walls, was built about 1606 by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich Raitenau as a pleasure […]
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A Global Effort on Behalf of Women and Children

1 week 2 days ago
  I lead off with something that, manifestly, comes directly from the Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File™.  This is pretty big news.  Obviously, of course, there ought to be a law against such things — but alas, as long as theism and theist exist and are permitted free rein, these horrors will […]
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Some art and music from Latter-day Saints beyond America

1 week 3 days ago
  I participated in a FAIR conference in Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden, several years ago, and we’ll be doing another conference there this coming Saturday.  The organizer for that previous event — which was extraordinarily well attended by members from Denmark, Norway, Finland, and even Germany, as well as from Sweden itself — was Louis Herrey, […]
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“A fortuitous meeting of the chordal atoms”?

1 week 4 days ago
  My wife and I went out with Scott Gordon and his wife to the Salzburger Freilichtmuseum — the open-air museum — in Großgmain, not too far outside of Salzburg.  We walked around most of it, looking at the collection of traditional regional buildings (e.g., farmhouses, barns, a small chapel, and the like) that have […]
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From the international Church

1 week 5 days ago
  We attended church today in the Salzburg Ward.  It was really fun for me to again sit in German-language sacrament and priesthood meetings, as I did so many times so many years ago during my mission in Switzerland.  I had the chance to speak in Arabic for a while, too; the missionaries had an […]
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Two simple stories

1 week 6 days ago
  The in-person turnout for the FAIR conference in Rome a week ago was, frankly, disappointing — although, already about a day after it had concluded, I was told that its online viewership was in the range of roughly eight hundred.  Attendance in person at today’s conference in Salzburg — see the program here — […]
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Christopher Hitchens and the Great Composers

2 weeks ago
  Two new items appeared today on the website of the Interpreter Foundation: ““Armed with Righteousness and with the Power of God”: Allusions to Priestly Clothing, Priesthood, and Temple in 1 Nephi 14:14,” written by Matthew L. Bowen Abstract: Nephi saw in vision that in the latter-days “the saints of the church of the Lamb” […]
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La Serenissima

2 weeks 1 day ago
  This morning, my wife and I walked over to the Doge’s Palace, the Palazzo Ducale, on the Piazza di San Marco, where she had booked a guided tour.  The Palazzo Ducale was the residence of the Doge or Duke of Venice from its construction in 1340 until the Napoleon-induced demise of the Republic of […]
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A long and strenuous but glorious day

2 weeks 2 days ago
  There are, I regret to say, a few sad souls out there who have sought to weaponize the relatively high rate of suicide in Utah against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  If they deign to notice this article by Stephen Cranney, however, they will be sorely disappointed:  “Does faith drive suicide […]
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Dante couldn’t return, but we have.

2 weeks 3 days ago
  Our group traveled from Rome to Florence this morning and, upon arrival, immediately set out in various directions on foot to see the city.  My wife and I spent our time in the city’s magnificent cathedral.  Truth be told, the interior is pretty open and sparse, a fact that some explain as part of […]
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In the world’s smallest nation?

2 weeks 4 days ago
  As the late great Ray Bradbury once wrote, something wicked this way comes. I have in mind Episode 5 Trailer | A Marvelous Work. You’ve been warned. Today was principally devoted to the spectacular Musei Vaticani, the Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica.  Magnificent.  Probably my favorite of the very many wonderful aspects of […]
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We did have a nice celebration

2 weeks 5 days ago
  This time, I think that I’ll lead off with a few items that I’ve retrieved from the Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File™.  Sometimes, it’s just plain advisable to get the painful and the bitter out of the way first: “Helping Premature Babies Survive in South Africa: “This is faith in action […]
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