Tom wrote:Doctor Scratch wrote:Oh, wow.... I had completely forgotten about that, Doctor Cam, but you're right: he had promised to produce *two* books, if I'm not mistaken. I wonder what the written terms of that deal were. Maybe he made that post because, at the meeting, his colleagues were like, "So, Dan: when do we get to read these two books?"
Let me quote a post of his from back in 2014:I applied [for leave] specifically regarding two books—a complete rewrite of the second edition of my Abraham Divided: An LDS Perspective on the Middle East and a volume about the Qur’an’s conception of the origin and nature of the physical cosmos and about what I regard as an implicit Qur’anic natural theology. The University deemed them worthy of leave, and, accordingly, granted my request....
If I don’t finish them, that won’t reflect well on me, and it would greatly lessen the credibility of any future leave request that I might make. However, I’m so very old now that there won’t be another leave request before I retire. So that’s not much of a threat. I intend to finish them—I want to finish them; that’s why I sought the leave, after all—but the consequences of a failure to do so would be minimal.
See Daniel Peterson, "My latest richly-deserved professional punishment?," Sic et Non, Feb. 21, 2014 (on file with Cassius University).
I was considering auditing the class in question, but BYU’s online class schedule tool shows only a few seats open (unless I’m misreading it). I am puzzled. In any case, I don’t want to ruin the curve for the younger students given my expertise in Qur’anic intelligent design and limited and Heartland geography theories.
Only a few seats? So, then, did they all fill up on account of Peterson's blog entry? Or, instead, were they mostly full to begin with, and this is mere bellyaching about the time slot? Passive-aggressive lashing out at others in his department?
Hmmm. I'm sensing a pattern here....