“‘Let a Hundred Flowers Blossom’: Some Observations on Mormon Studies”

MSR 1 [sic]

   Shortly after the abrupt end of my nearly quarter-century long editorship of the FARMS Review/Mormon Studies Review and the sudden termination of my involvement with FARMS and the Maxwell Institute, Spencer Fluhman, who succeeded me as editor, kindly invited me to contribute to a roundtable concerning the nature of "Mormon studies." That roundtable was published quite some time ago, and it's now accessible online.  Here's a link to my portion of … [Read more...]

“Evidences for the Book of Mormon: In cover of darkness and the turning of the New Year”

The assassination of Amalickiah

  An interesting article by Taylor Halverson in yesterday's Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865618775/Evidences-for-the-Book-of-Mormon-In-cover-of-darkness-and-the-turning-of-the-New-Year.html I myself wrote a holiday article about Amalickiah back in 2011:  "May your New Year begin better than Amalickiah's!"   … [Read more...]

How to fail

Some cherry blossoms

  "I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: Try to please everybody all the time." Herbert Bayard Swope (d. 1958), American journalist and editor    … [Read more...]

“The Case of the Arabic Noirs”

One of the greatest film noir classics

  Those who're fans of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, of Philip Marlowe, and of Humphrey Bogart movies, might find this little article interesting, about the resurgence of noir fiction . . . in Cairo: http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/08/20/the-case-of-the-arabic-noirs/ Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for alerting me to it.   … [Read more...]

“Only an idiot can be an atheist”

1972 co-winner, Nobel Prize, Chemistry

  Lighten up!  I'm just quoting the guy! I came across this online, but haven't yet checked or identified its ultimate source:  Question:  “Many prominent scientists – including Darwin, Einstein, and Planck – have considered the concept of God very seriously. What are your thoughts on the concept of God and on the existence of God?” Christian Anfinsen (1972 Nobel laureate in Chemistry): “I think only an idiot can be an atheist. We must admit that ther … [Read more...]

“Keeping Faith in Provo”

BYU's main quad in the summer

  A few days ago, I posted a blog entry and a link under the title of "Catholic Higher Education in Ruins." We Latter-day Saints shouldn't, though, feel complacent, let alone smugly superior. Some of you may have missed this bracing article by my friend and BYU colleague Ralph Hancock that appeared in the March 2014 issue of the superb non-LDS magazine on faith and public affairs First … [Read more...]

New Testament 19, 20

The Second Temple (Herodian)

  In Kurt Aland's Synopsis of the Four Gospels, which I'm using as the structural basis (and the Greek text) for my ongoing commentary, Section 19 (Matthew and Luke's genealogies of Jesus) is equivalent to Section 6, so, for discussion of those name-lists, I simply call your attention to my previous entry: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2014/12/16095.html  Let's move on now to a couple of comments -- many, many more could be o … [Read more...]

“New year a time for looking both backward and forward”

He of the two faces

  A new year, and there still seems no hope of these things ever stopping: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865618763/New-year-a-time-for-looking-both-backward-and-forward.html Even on holidays there's no respite.   … [Read more...]