Defending the Faith: Try to imagine why others believe what they believe

Published: Thursday, Sept. 6 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

In the inter-religous discussions and, yes, arguments that have arisen and are very likely to arise with even greater frequency as Mormonism becomes more and more of a public issue over the next two months (and perhaps the next few years), it would help if each side could grant the other to be, on the whole, sincere, honest, intelligent and sane — and if, in that spirit, each side could really listen to what the other says.

Daniel C. Peterson is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, where he also serves as editor in chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. He is the founder of, the general editor of "Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture" online at and he blogs daily at

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