“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...]

Religious freedom and minority rights in Pakistan?

A few of the results of a bombing following mass at a church in Peshawar

  There is heroism here, and sickening injustice, and appalling hatred: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/372607/carrying-legacy-pakistans-shahbaz-bhatti-nina-shea This is not what real Islam stands for.   … [Read more...]

Ten good pranks

This isn't one of them, by the way. But wouldn't this be fun?

  Pay no attention to the magazine endorsement that he cites.  These are all clean.  And pretty funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-I3RaeNpwI   … [Read more...]

“50 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically”

From ancient Mesopotamia (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  Fifty identifiable individuals. This may seem a pathetically small number to some, and (I suppose) a revealingly small one to skeptics, but it's actually fairly impressive. For a specific named individual still to be detectible in the archaeological record after two or three thousand years or more is a rarity, even in the intensively studied ancient Near East, and no small … [Read more...]

Nasruddin on the radio

"Goha's Dream"

   If you're at all interested in learning about the legendary and often very funny Islamic character Nasruddin (or Nasr al-Din, or Goha), tune in here: http://www.byuradio.org/episode/cfa953ca2ddf46cda46877cfb9c02a9a/the-apple-seed-nasruddin The acrylic of "Goha's Dream" above was done for us by a friend and hangs in one of the bedrooms of our house.  More information, including the story behind the image, can be found … [Read more...]

“Capernaum bears witness of Christ”

Aerial view of Capernaum (Click to enlarge)

   One of my very favorite places to visit, for reasons that I explained in a newspaper column a few years ago: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700038919/Capernaum-bears-witness-of-Christ.html I really enjoy introducing it to people.  I'm taking a break this year, but I'm scheduled to lead a tour there in late April of 2015.   … [Read more...]

Two films

A strong cast (including Cate Blanchett, not shown here)

   We returned home a while ago from seeing The Monuments Men. It hasn't received particularly strong reviews -- according to Rotten Tomatoes, audiences have liked it better than critics have -- but we enjoyed it. I suspect that a little bit of my enjoyment, at least, came from the fact that it covered the same general period and region of the Second World War in which my father was involved.  (It occurs in the vicinity of Patton's Third … [Read more...]