Recent Articles by Daniel Peterson
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."
Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:09 pm MDT
The annual FairMormon conference will be held next week in Provo. Presenters will cover a wide variety of interesting topics, and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.
Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 4:40 pm MDT
The original Christian apostles were closely interrelated men from a tiny provincial area. Were they appropriate leaders for a worldwide church? The Lord plainly thought so.
Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 4:48 pm MDT
Even if they can't prove it, those who argue for the antiquity of the Book of Mormon can be, and often are, engaged in reasonable and justifiable scholarship.
Published: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 4:01 pm MDT
The most rich and concentrated scriptural data that we have about the condition of the early Christian church after Christ suggests not vigor, optimism and promise but with problems and the need to endure to th...
Published: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 4:01 pm MDT
It's easy to romanticize other times, when (we imagine) things were simpler and clearer. But this is our time. And the good old days weren't all that different, anyway.
Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 5:28 pm MDT
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.