“Founded upon a Rock: Doctrinal and Temple Implications of Peter’s Surnaming”

One of my very favorite places in Israel: Banias (named for the Greek god Pan) or, in the New Testament, Caesarea Philippi (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge still further.)

   Another Friday? Another article in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/founded-upon-a-rock-doctrinal-and-temple-implications-of-peters-surnaming/   … [Read more...]

“G20 ends abruptly as Obama calls Putin a jackass”

Were you aware that the resort city of Yalta is located in the Crimea? (Click to enlarge.)

  Slightly colorful language here, but . . . http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/09/g20-ends-abruptly-as-obama-calls-putin-a-jackass.html    … [Read more...]

“Obama, Russia, and the wages of weakness”

12 March 1938: Adolf Hitler arrives triumphantly in Vienna following his successful "Anschluss" of Austria

  This is a really strong piece from Dr. Charles Krauthammer: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/372793/obama-russia-and-wages-weakness-charles-krauthammer There is no clear limit to the number of places in the former Soviet bloc where Mr. Putin might feel called upon to come to the aid of ethnic Russians. ¬†Rather like the Germans of the Sudetenland and the "misplaced" Germans of Austria, they can easily be used as a pretext for reconstituting … [Read more...]

“Religious teens: Mormons top others”

The Newport Beach California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  The book that inspired this was, in fact, a real surprise to me: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700069688/Religious-teens-Mormons-top-others.html   … [Read more...]


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“Putin Carterizes Obama, Totally”

The Sudetenland in 1938. In at least two senses, not far from the Crimea in 2013. (Click to enlarge.)

  It's pretty apparent that, at least as things stand now, Mr. Putin is planning to annex the Crimea. Mr. Obama, in response, has said some fairly strong things today. Hillary Clinton, our presumptive next president, also had some strong things to say. ¬†Yesterday or the day before. That's not sufficient, but it's not bad. The overall situation, however, is … [Read more...]

“Where is Mount Sinai?”

Jebel al-Lawz, in Saudi Arabia

  My weekly Deseret News column for today: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865597988/Where-is-Mount-Sinai.html   … [Read more...]

“Exploring universal Christian beliefs”

Mere Christianity?

  Something I wrote for the Deseret News back in September 2010: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705385876/Dan-Peterson-Exploring-universal-Christian-beliefs.html   … [Read more...]