Recent Articles by Daniel Peterson
Published: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 6:27 pm MDT
Alvin Plantinga doesn't write for easy reading. But he's a remarkable thinker, and he has some things to say that philosophically minded members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may find extre...
Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 6:48 pm MDT
Some have suggested that by claiming he'd received revelations, Joseph Smith sought a successful life without work. If so, he miscalculated very badly.
Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 4:00 pm MDT
Sidney Rigdon was accused of being the brains behind the Book of Mormon. He always denied it, and his son plainly believed him.
Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 4:32 pm MDT
There is great value in visiting the places where Jesus walked and taught in the Middle East. But sites associated with powerful sacred events and the eyewitnesses to them are also available far closer to home.
Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 3:00 pm MDT
The Latter-day Saint doctrine of exaltation may or may not be precisely the same as the doctrine taught by the early Christian "fathers." That can be debated. But no debate will lessen the surprise and importan...
Published: Friday, September 4, 2015 11:07 am MDT
The idea that humans have the potential to become like God isn't peculiarly Mormon. It's an ancient Christian doctrine that was largely forgotten in the West for centuries — until it was restored through ...
Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 4:47 pm MDT
The Book of Mormon account of Lehi's journey to the New World echoes the earlier biblical story of Israel's exodus from Egypt in remarkably complex ways. Young Joseph Smith's biblical knowledge doesn't seem sop...
Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 4:10 pm MDT
Some see the Gadianton robbers as an obvious borrowing from early 19th-century America. But history knows many other such movements.
Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 4:32 pm MDT
Physics and chemistry are radically transforming our understanding of "matter." Does Mormonism also offer transforming insights on that subject? A Catholic philosopher argues that it does.
Published: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 4:00 pm MDT
Did religion originate as a primitive form of science? Has contemporary science rendered it obsolete? The answer to both questions seems to be a clear "no."