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Daniel Peterson
Daniel Peterson teaches Arabic studies, founded BYU's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, directs mormonscholarstestify.org, chairs mormoninterpreter.com, blogs daily at patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson and speaks only for himself.

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The historical data surrounding the coming forth of the Book of Mormon makes the easiest and most natural sense when Joseph Smith's explanation for it is accepted.
The famous phrase from Shakespeare's "As You Like It" is theologically sound, but few are qualified to use it. And, in the end, it only makes significant sense if this life isn't the end.
A prominent Austrian-American sociologist argues that there are substantial benefits to living in societies with "competing" religious views.
Significantly, according to the New Testament Gospels, Jesus revered the temple at Jerusalem. He believed that he stood in a special relationship with the God to whom it was dedicated, and he took forceful acti...
Former Sen. Bob Bennett wrote a surprisingly good book about the Book of Mormon while serving in the United States Senate.
Ours has become a very contentious society. But contention is not an effective way of sharing spiritual things. Instead, we should concentrate on identifying common ground and speaking with our neighbors from a...
The Lord often seems to be unimpressed with what we consider grand, impressive and important. Certainly, he's paid little attention to such things, whether anciently or in this modern dispensation.
Some argue that disbelief is the only honest position with regard to belief in God. This just isn't true.
Was the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon marred by bad English grammar reflecting Joseph Smith's uneducated rural dialect? Recent linguistic research puts the "nonstandard English" of the Book of Mormo...
Early critics of the Book of Mormon were certain that, when it appeared, it would be mere chaotic gibberish. They were wrong. People still debate its origins, but it's undeniably a complex and consistent book. ...