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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Moroni's prophecy must have seemed very unlikely to be fulfilled. But it has been and continues to be.
The restored gospel gives exceptionally rich, specific and wonderful answers to some of the deepest questions that humans can ask.
A recent book surveys the history, over the past 3,500 years, of the idea of humans becoming like God. In this context, it takes a very sympathetic view of the doctrine of "exaltation" as taught by the Latter-...
What is it that Mormon "apologists" think they're doing? Do they think they have all the answers? Where do they think things stand, currently? Are they in a panic? One of them speaks.
Latter-day Saints are known for zealous missionary work and exclusive truth claims. But Mormonism is complex. It's also quite inclusive and open to inspiration beyond its borders. This inclusivity was vividly d...
Some have sought to portray Oliver Cowdery as a conspirator with Joseph Smith in the production of a fraudulent Book of Mormon. Those who knew him well, though, even if they rejected his religious beliefs, reco...
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.