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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Although many in the West imagine Buddhism to be pacifistic, its history contradicts this — not because of the nature of Buddhism so much as because of the nature of human beings.
Is religion intrinsically and inevitably at war with science? Plainly, it's not.
Spirituals by anonymous African or African-American slaves provided both religious hope and earthly comfort — and some of them may even have offered literal maps to freedom.
Islam raises the same interpretative questions found in most of the world’s great religions.
Stories of the first Christmas are found only in Matthew and Luke, and they each emphasize very different things. All the narratives in Luke 1-2 are unique to Luke, and it is often assumed that his source for t...
Muslims, Christians and Jews once worked and thought together productively and in relative harmony in medieval Andalusia, which symbolizes the hope that such peaceful coexistence can exist again someday.
A very old, little mosque in the United Arab Emirates offers insights into the transition between Israel's "tabernacle in the wilderness" and the grand temple of Solomon.
Even if some might be inclined to try, it's probably an impossible task to erase Christian symbols and references from the American landscape — and, anyway, doing so would impoverish us all.
Though this is largely forgotten now, Halloween has its origins in the Western Christian liturgical calendar. It almost certainly draws, too, on an ancient Celtic holiday called "Samhain." But Samhain wasn't ev...
When Matthias was chosen as an apostle to replace Judas Iscariot, he was selected by the casting of lots. Although this practice seems odd to us and evidently isn't followed today, it's not quite as strange as ...