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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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...
Some have suggested that by claiming he'd received revelations, Joseph Smith sought a successful life without work. If so, he miscalculated very badly.
Sidney Rigdon was accused of being the brains behind the Book of Mormon. He always denied it, and his son plainly believed him.
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.
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...
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 ...
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...
Some see the Gadianton robbers as an obvious borrowing from early 19th-century America. But history knows many other such movements.
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.
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."