William Hamblin and Daniel Peterson
Daniel C. Peterson, professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, is editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative and a blogger for Patheos. William Hamblin is a professor of history at BYU and co-author of “Solomon's Temple: Myth and History.” Their views do not necessarily represent those of BYU.

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The Roman emperor Constantine the Great was baptized on his deathbed. But his influence on the doctrines, art, architecture, spread and practice of Christianity has been incalculable.
The "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" is seeking to revive the ancient Islamic "caliphate." What is the background for this institution? Where did it come from? How will other Muslims react to recent claims?
For Muslims, the sacred month of Ramadan, which begins this evening, is an occasion for spiritual reflection and re-centering.
The veneration of sacred relics has a long and, it must be said, checkered history in Christianity and beyond. It points to the hunger that humans have always had for contact with holiness and the divine.
To ancient and medieval religious believers worldwide, art wasn't merely a way of beautifying a place of worship. It was a language of the divine and, sometimes, a mode of revelation.
Is there really a "war" between science and religion? On the whole, no. But to the extent that one exists or is thought to exist, it harms both religion and science.
Jews have attempted to rebuild their lost temple in Jerusalem at several points in history. To some modern Jews, Israel's control of the city's Temple Mount offers yet another opportunity to try.
Throughout most of the Christian world, it's not just Easter that is celebrated but the week leading up to that ancient holy day.
John Newton was born in London in 1725. His early life scarcely suggested that he would someday compose one of the most popular hymns ever written.
The story of the biblical patriarch Joseph has echoed across many centuries, and not merely in the Judeo-Christian West.