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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 most significant annual apologetics conference convenes again in Provo a week from today. Everyone is welcome.
The Mormon account of the origin of Satan avoids one of the major problems that face other, more traditional accounts.
The Book of Mormon seems to reflect a surprisingly sophisticated understanding of the way languages change over time.
We're all inevitably affected by our cultural and social environment. Such influences can be spiritually dangerous, though, so it's wise to be aware of rival worldviews and, where necessary, to be on guard agai...
How we model our beliefs may be more important than any words we ever say, although words, too, are essential to preaching the gospel.
C.S. Lewis saw the Gospels as presenting us with a stark choice regarding Jesus: lunatic, liar or Lord. But are the four New Testament Gospels sober enough accounts to justify his claim?
A quotation from an 1838 Missouri affidavit portrays Joseph Smith as a militaristic would-be dictator. Although it's often been used by critics as evidence against his claims, it's out of character for him, an...
Church leaders don't claim perfection. Whether anciently or in this modern dispensation, they never have. And it's uncharitable to expect it.
Placing flowers on graves is a nice gesture, but it doesn't actually benefit the dead. Is there anything that does?
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.