Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

  One of my longstanding heroes is Albert Schweitzer, who seems to be little remembered (or, at least, relatively little discussed) today. He shouldn't be forgotten.  Nor should his philosophy of "Reverence for Life." He would be memorable for any one of at least three things: (1) his authorship of the pivotal book Geschichte der Leben-Jesu-Forschung, translated into English as The Quest for the HIstorical Jesus (2) his … [Read more...]

“Why I Love Mormonism”

A detail from Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City

  Many of you perhaps missed this item from last year, but, if you did, it's worth a read.  There are remarkably few serious thinkers outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have engaged Mormon theology at all seriously, so, when one does, it's fun to see how s/he reacts: Obviously, I don't agree with everything Simon Critchley says.  But he at least d … [Read more...]

I don’t care


  I understand that there's a football game tonight in Provo.  In advance of it, I want to say that I won't see much significance in its outcome for the things I care most about.  (On most days, Boise State would utterly destroy any football team ever fielded by Harvard, Yale, MIT, Caltech, or, in the old days, the University of Chicago.) Of course, should BYU win, that will demonstrate that BYU is, by indisputable light years, the foremost academic institution … [Read more...]

Upcoming Firesides, Lectures, and Conferences

The Liberty Jail Historic Site

  In response to not exactly deafening demand, here's the most up-to-date information on my current schedule of public lectures (i.e., it doesn't include university and church classes).  There are some other potential speaking engagements that are under consideration, as well. Friday, 11 October 2013St. Louis Chapter of the BYU Alumni Association"The Middle East" 7 PM, Saturday, 12 October 2013Kansas City Chapter of the BYU Alumni … [Read more...]

Free Saeed Abedini!

Please help.

  Here's a chance to make a real difference, to fight an injustice: Write a letter.   … [Read more...]

“I do not think that Word means what you think it means”

The scriptures can be read in various ways, not all of them right.

  It's Friday, so a new article/review has gone up in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: This one is by Brant Gardner. Enjoy!   … [Read more...]

“European religious apathy and the steep decline of Christianity in Britain”

Until their conversion to Mormonism and their emigration to the United States, one line of my ancestors worshiped in this ca. 1100 AD Norman church in Riccall, Yorkshire

    The bi-weekly Hamblin-Peterson column went up early this week, for some reason.  In fact, it went up yesterday:   … [Read more...]

Me and 4004 BC

I had more hair when I first arrived at the university and became involved in apologetics.

  Several of my critics insist that I'm a young-earth creationist. Tonight, in just a few hours, I'm going to emerge from the closet on that issue.   … [Read more...]