Recent Articles by Daniel Peterson
Published: Friday, October 17, 2014 12:24 pm MDT
In the end, of course, evidence has to be cited and arguments made. But sometimes an excellent shorthand response to certain criticisms of Joseph Smith and the Restoration is simply a good laugh.
Published: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 4:49 pm MDT
A curious account published in Hawaii in 1907 is remarkably similar to the near-death experiences chronicled since 1975. What does this mean?
Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 4:11 pm MDT
The account of King Benjamin's assembly given in the first chapters of Mosiah seems to imply that the Nephites were celebrating the ancient Hebrew autumn festival of Sukkot or "Tabernacles."
Published: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 4:59 pm MDT
Many critics of the Book of Mormon regularly base their arguments on faulty assumptions and misconceptions. An article published in 1993 could help them and others by eliminating those misconceptions and corre...
Published: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:34 pm MDT
Nephi's seeming prediction of the mission of Christopher Columbus is accurate in a remarkable way that has only become apparent to English-speaking non-specialists within the past generation.
Published: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:30 pm MDT
In a path-breaking 1958 article, Hugh Nibley argued that the lost ancient concept of the temple had reappeared suddenly in America in the early 1800s, something explainable only by revelation. Other scholars ha...
Published: Friday, September 5, 2014 1:33 pm MDT
The oldest Christian creedal formula occurs in a letter written by the apostle Paul in the mid-50s AD, but it contains material that derives from roughly two decades earlier. It takes us back to within, at mos...
Published: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 4:16 pm MDT
A passage from a sermon by Joseph Smith is commonly used by his critics to paint him as arrogant and boastful. However, it's very dubious evidence at most, especially because there's a great deal of more firm e...
Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 3:55 pm MDT
Careful study of the Book of Mormon's vocabulary and grammar suggests that seeming errors aren't errors at all. In fact, they may provide striking evidence that the book's translation in the 19th century was t...
Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:48 pm MDT
An accurate understanding of Joseph Smith's many encounters with the law reflects positively, not poorly, upon his character.