“Thou hast done wonderful things”

Isaiah 29's marvelous work and worker

  In The Interpreter Foundation's eighty-seventh (87th) scripture roundtable, Bruce Webster, Daniel Peterson, Mike Parker, and Ben McGuire discuss Isaiah 22, 24-26, and 28-30 in connection with the 37th lesson in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-87-old-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-37-thou-hast-done-wonderful-things/   … [Read more...]

“She Loves Me”

Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan

  Marrying a theater major was one of my brighter moves; we see a fair number of live plays and operas each year, and I enjoy it thoroughly. Tonight, with a friend, we attended a very good performance of the musical She Loves Me at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City. With a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock, She Loves Me opened on Broadway during the 1963-1964 season. It's based on … [Read more...]

A lecture that I delivered at the University of Queensland in 2006

The states or territories of Australia

  I addressed the topic of translating Islamic texts into English.  I conceived and founded a project to do this, and I was deeply involved with it until a couple of years ago. The lecture was recorded in two parts: http://omc.uq.edu.au/audio/news/peterson01.mp3 http://omc.uq.edu.au/audio/news/peterson02.mp3 If I knew that this lecture was available online, I had completely forgotten the fact, and I'm very grateful to my … [Read more...]

The Golan Heights and the Syrian civil war

The area around Mount Bentel

  I've never actually been to Quneitra, but I've seen it and the adjacent United Nations camp and checkpoint many times from above, on Israeli-held Mount Bentel.  This is the same area in which is set the marvelous film The Syrian Bride -- which I heartily recommend to anybody as a really fine and touching film, but especially to those who want some sense of the difficulties of life in modern Palestine.  Anyway, an … [Read more...]

1 Nephi 12

Yemeni model for Lehi's dream?

  Today's Book of Mormon reading --today's reading for me, anyway; it's difficult to tell whether anybody's reading along, and readership and comments for these entries seem to have dropped off quite a bit -- is 1 Nephi 12. Out of all that that chapter covers, I want to say something today about "the large and spacious building" to which allusion is made in 1 Nephi 12:18, but which was, of course, first mentioned as part of Lehi's vision in 1 Nephi 8 … [Read more...]

“The Other Caliphate”

Nigeria's Islamic insurgency

  Few Americans pay much attention to Africa.  Sad, but true. However, there are terrible things going on there -- there are usually terrible things going on there, but these are, in many ways, much worse than normal -- and the West should at least be aware of them: http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21615642-boko-haram-now-taking-territory-and-threatens-state-capital-other The murderous militants in Nigeria may be dr … [Read more...]

Half empty, or half full? The Book of Mormon makes a “top 50″ list.

1830 edition B of M

  There has been some buzz about the results of a recent Facebook survey asking people which books have "stayed with you." A writer for Salt Lake City's Deseret News emphasized the fact that both the Bible (which came in sixth) and the Book of Mormon (which ranked at thirty-fifth) made the "top fifty" out of the first hundred books yielded up by the survey.  I confess that I myself was pleasantly surprised. Predictably, however, some critics of … [Read more...]

The price of higher education continues to soar. Is the product worth the cost?

JD, Harvard Law School

  "Shortly after leaving office in 2011, Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, her alma mater.  This semester, she's leading a seminar on 'creating jobs through better government policies for innovation and education.'  It's a curious teaching assignment when you consider that Michigan lost 576,900 jobs during her eight years as governor.  For 45 consecutive months during that period, Michigan led th … [Read more...]