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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Joseph Smith used a stone in a hat to help him in his translation of the Book of Mormon. Critics have made merry over this, but it makes sense and it's actually an indicator that he was telling the truth.
Decisive public evidence that would settle the biggest questions of life and existence isn't available. But we still have to answer them for ourselves. We can't avoid it.
Dirt archaeology is shedding new light on the town where Jesus grew to maturity, and may even have found his boyhood home. Once again, archaeological data flesh out the biblical stories and correct misguided ap...
A conference to be held on the BYU campus Saturday, March 14, will examine English text of the Book of Mormon from several different angles, showing that some of the assumptions held about it by both critics an...
In a recent book, an internationally respected physicist argues that faith is an essential component not just of religion but of ordinary daily life and, for that matter, of physics.
Secular arguments for the Book of Mormon don't aspire to a single decisive knock-out, but rest, instead, on the patient accumulation of facts and insights that render it more and more plausible.
Some claim that since the original plates of the Book of Mormon are unavailable for scholarly inspection, it can't reasonably be studied as an ancient document. This claim is both unreasonable and indefensible.
The writers of the Book of Mormon wrote they had written in an Egyptian script on metal plates and then concealed the book for future discovery. Those widely ridiculed claims no longer seem so ridiculous.
Must science be materialistic? Is the mind completely reducible to the brain? Many reputable scientists don't think so, and some have recently spoken out on the subject.
One of the most impressive things about the LDS Church is the willingness of many Saints — even after they have society's permission to relax and enjoy their retirement — to work, to serve and to de...