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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An interesting new book by two Latter-day Saint historians takes a fresh — and testimony-strengthening — look at the recovery and publication of the Book of Mormon.
Humans aren't purely rational thinking machines. We make decisions, on religious issues and on others, on the basis of feelings, moods, assumptions, desires, loyalties, relationships and other subjective factor...
The warning against adding to "the words of this book" at the end of the Revelation of John almost certainly refers only to that book and not to the Bible as a whole. It cannot be used, therefore, as an argumen...
How does Mormonism compare to a basic checklist of fundamental evangelical Protestant beliefs? Here's a quick and preliminary look.
Historical evidence suggests that the doctrine of three degrees of glory really did come by revelation, rather than from study and theological speculation.
Critics often declare that the witnesses to the Book of Mormon never claimed to have literally seen or hefted the plates. But those who thus seek to dismiss the testimony of the Eight Witnesses ignore what the ...
Unrealistic expectations and false assumptions mar many opinions about archaeology and the Book of Mormon. Here are brief notes on at least two of them.
Although few recognize it, the area around Palmyra, New York, is, in its way, sacred and significant in a way quite comparable to Jerusalem and the land of the Bible.
The notion of "ascending" to Jerusalem reflects not only the city's location on a mountain ridge but also its status as the once and future site of a temple of the Lord.
The basic principles of warfare haven't changed in thousands of years. So what can the study of military history tell us about the plausibility of the Book of Mormon?