Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mormonism Should Not Clash with Science

"In these respects we differ from the Christian world, for our religion will not clash with or contradict the facts of science in any particular."  (Remarks by Brigham Young, delivered in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, May 14, 1871.  Reported by David W. Evans.) 

I can think of a few topics where it would be nice if we, as a collective whole, lived up to this simple statement.   We, of all people, should not fight scientific advancement - or be afraid or hesitant to change our perspective in response to "further light and knowledge" revealed (and I choose that word intentionally) through scientific discovery. 


Eric said...

We shouldn't, I agree. And yet we do fight against science. Declare you're belief in evolution or that the flood narrative or the creation story is a myth, and you will be written off in most wards I have attended.

Papa D said...

Like so many other things, that depends totally on the local ward or branch - which is both a wonderful and terrible thing about the Church structure.