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Daniel Peterson
Daniel C. Peterson, professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, is editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, founder of MormonScholarsTestify.org, chairman of "Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture" and a blogger for Patheos. His views do not necessarily represent those of BYU.

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As it should be, Joseph Smith's birthday on Dec. 23 is far overshadowed by celebrations of Christmas. But he remains enormously important, not least because his life and mission confirm the truth of the Christm...
Clarence Jordan was a true Southern original who wanted to translate the ethical teachings of Jesus into language that would jolt his contemporaries into self-awareness. In our own different ways, we all need s...
If testimonies must be cultivated every day, what does that say about the nature of religious faith?
We cannot possibly repay what we owe for the unearned blessings we've received, but we can at least be thankful for them.
Archaeological research has provided invaluable knowledge about ancient history and the human past more generally. But, like everything human in this life, it has distinct limitations.
A provocative recent article forecasts a future of "exile" for American Christianity and argues that the Reformed tradition is best suited to cope with such marginalization. Does the Restoration have something ...
We often regret the obstacles and challenges with which life confronts us, but, in a very real sense, they're the reason we're here.
The revelation recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 76 restored genuine and wonderful ancient doctrine. It also teaches us about how God regards our honest questions and provides powerful evidence for the prophet...
Latter-day Saints take a high view of the reliability of scripture, but we don't believe in scriptural inerrancy. And, anyway, some aspects of the scriptures are more important than others. We should focus on d...
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.