Daniel Peterson, Party Animal

A quiet evening with a few close friends

  Tonight will see 2012's enormous New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, New York City. Many people want to be there.  Indeed, on average, about a million people are there every 31 December.  And I'm sure that many, many more would be there if they could. Times Square constitutes a really good dividing line between two types of people.  Maybe a significant one.  Maybe not.  Because there are probably lots and lots of other people -- I'm abso … [Read more...]

May your New Year begin better than Amalickiah’s did.

Happy New Year!" by Minerva Teichert (not her actual title for the painting)

  My Deseret News column at New Year's from almost precisely a year ago: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700210696/May-your-new-year-begin-better-than-Amalickiahs.html   … [Read more...]

Tomorrow is the biggest day of the year for charitable giving in the U.S.

"The Widow's Mite," by James C. Christensen

   Seth Godin posted a short blog entry this morning about the fact that tomorrow is the biggest day of the year, in the United States, for charitable giving, and about the reasons for that fact.  It's worth a quick look.  He also suggested some good specific charities, and they do indeed look like deserving causes. I would add to them the humanitarian fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as The Interpreter Foundation.  And t … [Read more...]

“In a Crisis, Humanists Seem Absent”

Dead End?

  I don't like the way it uses the term humanist much, since I've always considered myself very much a humanist -- just not a secular one.  (If you didn't realize that humanists can be theists, you should know that Erasmus of Rotterdam, for instance, is often described as a "Renaissance humanist," though he was anything but an atheist.  And others -- Sir Thomas More, for example [or, for Catholics, St. Thomas More] -- are often also included in the ranks of "Renaissance hu … [Read more...]

On the “Great Feasts” of the Eastern Christian Church

Mosaic from the Chora Church ("Kariye Cami") in Istanbul

   Today's Hamblin/Peterson column for the Deseret News.   … [Read more...]

“Biblical and Non-Biblical Quotations in the Sermons and Epistles of Paul”

Paul in prison

  I'm pleased to report that Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published yet another article yesterday while I was watching Peter Jackson's Hobbit movie in Orlando, Florida, preparatory to flying back to Utah. That's twenty-three (23) articles or reviews in the twenty-two (22) Fridays since Interpreter was founded over a meal at the Olive Garden in Provo at the end of July.  With no office, no paid staff, no budget, and essentially no money, … [Read more...]

A book that should be better known

  On his blog, Dr. John Gee offers a nice note about Yahya b. ‘Adi's The Reformation of Morals, a volume published some years ago by Brigham Young University's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), which a certain person well known to me conceived and founded. Dr. Gee's blog is a delight generally.  Often wickedly, subtly, very funny.  Posted from Orlando, Florida. … [Read more...]

“Why do some people hold political views of which I, a leftist, disapprove?”

Which illusion?

   The September/October 1964 issue of Fact magazine notoriously published an article according to which American psychiatrists, purportedly speaking as experts in their specialty, held by a ratio of 2:1 that Senator Barry Goldwater, a very prominent mid-twentieth-century conservative who was then the Republican nominee for the presidency of the United States, was psychologically unfit for the … [Read more...]