Skip to comments.BYU Professor Daniel Peterson Fired as Editor of Mormon Studies Review at BYU’s Maxwell Institute
Posted on 06/28/2012 5:53:15 AM PDT by Colofornian
After rumors circulated earlier in the week, BYUs Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship confirmed today that Daniel C. Peterson and his associate editors would be removed from the staff of the Mormon Studies Review, previously the FARMS Review. The periodical, which publishes articles and reviews on LDS-related topics and books, was founded by Peterson 23 years ago. Along with Peterson were also dismissed his associate editors Louis C. Midgley, George L. Mitton, Gregory L. Smith and Robert White.
In a brief, anonymous statement posted on the Maxwell Institutes website today the Institute stated, For many years the FARMS Review has filled an important niche in the intellectual life of its many readers under the vigorous editorship of Professor Daniel C. Peterson and his associates . We thank these colleagues and the many contributing writers to the Review for their industry and scholarship over the past twenty-three years. The Institute also stated that publication of the Review would desist indefinitely until a new editorial team was formed and that subscribers would be receiving a refund.
In a leaked e-mail sent June 17, Maxwell Institute director M. Gerald Bradford wrote to Peterson, The time has come for us to take the Review in a different direction. What we need to do to properly affect this change in the Review is to ask someone else, someone working in the mainstream of Mormon studies, who has a comparable vision to my own for what it can accomplish, to edit the publication.
The Review has been criticized in the past for ad hominem attacks in its publication. Reportedly the tipping point for Petersons dismissal was a personal 100-page article targeted against John Dehlin, the founder of Mormon Stories, which often focuses on controversial topics within Mormonism such as homosexuality and apostasy. Bradford has the article pulled reportedly after being requested by multiple General Authorities and University President Cecil O. Samuelson, who apparently read at least portions of it. Peterson claims that Bradford and others never read the article.
Almost immediately after the Maxwell Institutes website posted the public statement, Peterson posted about his dismissal on his personal blog. Peterson stated that he was not receiving the change enthusiastically and that he has deep concerns about the significance of my dismissal (and the reasons behind it) for the future direction of the Maxwell Institute. Peterson also suggested that the reason he was fired from the Review was because of insinuations that the Review was in a crisis that necessitated emergency mid-volume intervention, and that it now requires a post-Peterson detoxing period before it can be permitted to resume publication.
Peterson also complained about the manner in which he and his associate editors were fired, saying that the e-mail notifying him of his dismissal came completely out of the blue and that the other editors didnt even receive an e-mail notifying them of their removal from the staff. He stated that one of them even inquired of Bradford days earlier but did not receive a response. Another claims to have called Bradford but also received no response. Peterson himself says he has e-mailed Bradford several times but received no acknowledgement. According to Bill Hamblin, another BYU professor who has published many times with the Maxwell Institute, Bradford fired Dan [Peterson] by email while Dan was on a multi-week journey in the Middle East specifically so Dan could not be in Provo to defend himself.
Hamblin goes on to say that the firing came as the culmination of a long-term struggle between radically different visions for the future of the Institute. Peterson wishes to continue the traditional heritage of FARMS, providing cutting edge scholarship and apologetics on LDS scripture. Bradford wants to move the Institute in a different direction, focusing on more secular-style studies that will be accessible and acceptable to non-Mormon scholars. Bradford is especially opposed to LDS apologetics, which he wants to terminate entirely as part of the mission of the Institute.
Bradford and the Maxwell Institute are currently not making public statements regarding the situation, other than the previously cited statement posted on their website.
Yup. Mormon veteran hitman apologist Daniel Peterson -- and several of his FARMS apologist cronies -- have been dumped...at least from this publication's role (Peterson remains employed @ BYU).
From the report: Peterson stated that he was not receiving the change enthusiastically and that he has deep concerns about the significance of my dismissal (and the reasons behind it) for the future direction of the Maxwell Institute. Peterson also suggested that the reason he was fired from the Review was because of insinuations that the Review was in a crisis that necessitated emergency mid-volume intervention, and that it now requires a post-Peterson detoxing period before it can be permitted to resume publication.
Yup...this pub needs a "detoxing" period from the Mormon apologists. And Peterson isn't obeying his "authorities" if he keeps making a public fuss about all this! (Maybe he needs a one-on-one visit from his bishop "heavy" so that he realizes he needs to fade off into the Mormon woodwork!)
From the report: Peterson also complained about the manner in which he and his associate editors were fired, saying that the e-mail notifying him of his dismissal came completely out of the blue and that the other editors didnt even receive an e-mail notifying them of their removal from the staff...According to Bill Hamblin, another BYU professor who has published many times with the Maxwell Institute, Bradford fired Dan [Peterson] by email while Dan was on a multi-week journey in the Middle East specifically so Dan could not be in Provo to defend himself.
Ah, just face it BYU students & grassroots Mormons...that's just the way the "kind, compassionate" BYU admin & general authorities do things 'round there...they fire people from afar (by e-mail)...and don't even inform four of their employees they were fired!
(So much for the claim that this is the "only true and living church on the face of the earth" (Lds Doctrine & Covenants 1:30)...)
Per Peggy Stack in that article: As this "Mormon moment" continues to ratchet up public scrutiny of the LDS Church, Mormon apologists are assessing the best way to shield the faith: Play offense or stick to defense? Last week, the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University fired Daniel Peterson, who served as editor of the Mormon Studies Review since its founding 23 years ago...He was part of the original team that established the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) in 1979 to "promote and coordinate Book of Mormon research and to make the results of such research available to the general public." In 1998, FARMS was brought into BYU under the umbrella of the Maxwell Institute, and the Mormon Studies Review came with it. Review writers responded to critics allegations by dissecting their arguments and motives sometimes writing scathing and often personal attacks on those who challenged LDS origins. It was, they believed, the essence of apologetics.
Yup. We've seen it on FR big time, too...how the ad hominen attacks -- and questioning internal motives -- was a big part of the Lds apologists who made their appearances here...many of them wrote highly provocative posts, some which got them zotted.
We see that Peterson was their negative model!
Well, with the annual FAIR Mormon Apologetics Conference scheduled for Aug 2-3 — and with Peterson being the closing speaker (his topic is supposedly Of ‘Mormon Studies’ and Apologetics), I guess the Mormons will be engaged in fireworks this year from July 3 —> Aug. 3!!!!!
Who the mormon church is and what it teaches will be front and center with a Romney nomination. This heavy vetting of mormonism will be the biggest plus of his nomnation.
Let the chips fall where they may.
Smith's polyaffair wanderings & polyamorous ways just leads the polygod Mormons to ne'er be able to wander off their 'poly' reservation.
They forever wind up following in the nefarious and notorious polygirl & polywomen ways of Joseph Smith -- either conceding his character of spiritually coercing 14 yo girls to marry him so that it will "go well" for their family members in eternity...or forever having to feel Smith's dust kicked up from his "activities" on the trail of his life.
(So much for Mormon 'pioneers')
One of the quotes mentions Jesus Christ several times; and then these apologists say they do all that re: the Mormon Jesus so "that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins."
Now what is interesting -- and contradictory -- about Mormons' focus on their children needing a "remission of their sins?"
Well, this is indeed biblical (based upon Acts 2:38-39)...but ya know, when you look at it, 'tis not very Book of Mormonish...
First, the Bible reference: 38 Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness [KJV uses the word, "remission" here] of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children... (Acts 2:38-39)
But when you flip open the Book of Mormon, its last book from Moroni, chapter 8, vv. 8-11...well, look especially at v. 11: And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism."
In fact, v. 8 says that "little children are whole" and "are NOT capable of committing sin..."So ... apparently little Mormon children have...
...never thrown temper tantrums...
...never insisted on their own way...
...always shared their toys with siblings and fellow nursery wards...
...always obeyed their parents upon first impulse...
Yet, we see these apologists do recognize their need for their children to receive remission of their sins...
But if they are not capable of sin til later -- why do they then need to be baptized? Why does Joseph Smith say -- in Lds "scripture" (Doctrine & Covenants 68:27) that "And their children shall be baptized for the remission of their sins when eight years old..."???
Well, which is it, Mormon apologists?
Are Mormon little children "not capable of sin" (Moroni 8:8) and therefore "need no repentance" (or baptism) (Moroni 8:11) -- as the Book of Mormon claims? Or, do they need baptism "for the remission of their sins" at age 8 -- but not before age 8? What's so "magical" about an 8th birthday that they become sinners then?
And were these children REALLY sin-free pre-age 8?
If they were NOT sin free before age 8, wouldn't their sin need to be addressed before then...? (Especially given that some children pre-age 8 actually die???)
And...given Psalm 51:5...AND 58:3...THE Bible knows of no "age 8" "age of accountability" -- because as humans -- we can all respond...and even the very young can trust...
Peterson also complained about the manner in which he and his associate editors were fired, saying that the e-mail notifying him of his dismissal came completely out of the blue and that the other editors didnt even receive an e-mail notifying them of their removal from the staff.
Oh Danny Boy...you must go...
Welcome to Mormonism, Danny...
This is how the mormon gods do things ...
on the sudden like ...
after many years of praying and begging by the mormon profits...
23 years in your case...
Howya like them now ???
If ya complain Danny yer one of those awful apostates you have written about for so long...
so watch yerself kiddo...
Bradford fired Dan [Peterson] by email while Dan was on a multi-week journey in the Middle East specifically so Dan could not be in Provo to defend himself.
Brigham Young would have been so proud...
this was right up his alley...
Tow the company line or get out - new motto I guess or reviving the old one.
Cutting edge like . .
Trying to explain away horses in the bom by saying it was really tapirs.
I am SO confused!!
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Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio, December 1, 1831. HC 1: 238239. The Prophet had continued to translate the Bible with Sidney Rigdon as his scribe until this revelation was received, at which time it was temporarily laid aside so as to enable them to fulfill the instruction given herein. The brethren were to go forth to preach in order to allay the unfriendly feelings that had developed against the Church as a result of the publication of some newspaper articles by Ezra Booth, who had apostatized.
14, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon are sent forth to proclaim the gospel; 511, Enemies of the saints shall be confounded.
1 Behold, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, that the time has verily come that it is necessary and expedient in me that you should open your mouths in proclaiming my gospel, the things of the kingdom, expounding the mysteries thereof out of the scriptures, according to that portion of Spirit and power which shall be given unto you, even as I will.
2 Verily I say unto you, proclaim unto the world in the regions round about, and in the church also, for the space of a season, even until it shall be made known unto you.
3 Verily this is a mission for a season, which I give unto you.
4 Wherefore, labor ye in my vineyard. Call upon the inhabitants of the earth, and bear record, and prepare the way for the commandments and revelations which are to come.
5 Now, behold this is wisdom; whoso readeth, let him understand and receive also;
6 For unto him that receiveth it shall be given more abundantly, even power.
7 Wherefore, confound your enemies; call upon them to meet you both in public and in private; and inasmuch as ye are faithful their shame shall be made manifest.
8 Wherefore, let them bring forth their strong reasons against the Lord.
9 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto youthere is no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper;
10 And if any man lift his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine own due time.
11 Wherefore, keep my commandments; they are true and faithful. Even so. Amen.
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The Nephites gather to the land of Cumorah for the final battlesMormon hides the sacred records in the hill CumorahThe Lamanites are victorious, and the Nephite nation is destroyedHundreds of thousands are slain with the sword. About A.D. 385.
1 And now I finish my record concerning the destruction of my people, the Nephites. And it came to pass that we did march forth before the Lamanites.
2 And I, Mormon, wrote an epistle unto the king of the Lamanites, and desired of him that he would grant unto us that we might gather together our people unto the land of Cumorah, by a hill which was called Cumorah, and there we could give them battle.
3 And it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites did grant unto me the thing which I desired.
4 And it came to pass that we did march forth to the land of Cumorah, and we did pitch our tents around about the hill Cumorah; and it was in a land of many waters, rivers, and fountains; and here we had hope to gain advantage over the Lamanites.
5 And *when three hundred and eighty and four years had passed away, we had gathered in all the remainder of our people unto the land of Cumorah.
6 And it came to pass that when we had gathered in all our people in one to the land of Cumorah, behold I, Mormon, began to be old; and knowing it to be the last struggle of my people, and having been commanded of the Lord that I should not suffer the records which had been handed down by our fathers, which were sacred, to fall into the hands of the Lamanites, (for the Lamanites would destroy them) therefore I made this record out of the plates of Nephi, and hid up in the hill Cumorah all the records which had been entrusted to me by the hand of the Lord, save it were these few plates which I gave unto my son Moroni.
7 And it came to pass that my people, with their wives and their children, did now behold the armies of the Lamanites marching towards them; and with that awful fear of death which fills the breasts of all the wicked, did they await to receive them.
8 And it came to pass that they came to battle against us, and every soul was filled with terror because of the greatness of their numbers.
9 And it came to pass that they did fall upon my people with the sword, and with the bow, and with the arrow, and with the ax, and with all manner of weapons of war.
10 And it came to pass that my men were hewn down, yea, even my ten thousand who were with me, and I fell wounded in the midst; and they passed by me that they did not put an end to my life.
11And when they had gone through and hewn down all my people save it were twenty and four of us, (among whom was my son Moroni) and we having survived the dead of our people, did behold on the morrow, when the Lamanites had returned unto their camps, from the top of the hill Cumorah, the ten thousand of my people who were hewn down, being led in the front by me.
12 And we also beheld the ten thousand of my people who were led by my son Moroni.
13 And behold, the ten thousand of Gidgiddonah had fallen, and he also in the midst.
14 And Lamah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Gilgal had fallen with his ten thousand; and Limhah had fallen with his ten thousand; and Jeneum had fallen with his ten thousand; and Cumenihah, and Moronihah, and Antionum, and Shiblom, and Shem, and Josh, had fallen with their ten thousand each.
15 And it came to pass that there were ten more who did fall by the sword, with their ten thousand each; yea, even all my people, save it were those twenty and four who were with me, and also a few who had escaped into the south countries, and a few who had deserted over unto the Lamanites, had fallen; and their flesh, and bones, and blood lay upon the face of the earth, being left by the hands of those who slew them to molder upon the land, and to crumble and to return to their mother earth.
16 And my soul was rent with anguish, because of the slain of my people, and I cried:
17 O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!
18 Behold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen. But behold, ye are fallen, and I mourn your loss.
19 O ye fair sons and daughters, ye fathers and mothers, ye husbands and wives, ye fair ones, how is it that ye could have fallen!
20 But behold, ye are gone, and my sorrows cannot bring your return.
21 And the day soon cometh that your mortal must put on immortality, and these bodies which are now moldering in corruption must soon become incorruptible bodies; and then ye must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, to be judged according to your works; and if it so be that ye are righteous, then are ye blessed with your fathers who have gone before you.
22 O that ye had repented before this great destruction had come upon you. But behold, ye are gone, and the Father, yea, the Eternal Father of heaven, knoweth your state; and he doeth with you according to his justice and mercy.
In other words, Mormonism doesn't have warts so let's redirect our attention to the perceived warts of others.