In Favor Of Science:
-This article is to show that science and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be compatible.
See also links to at the end of this article for many critical readings. -Nate
-Joseph Smith said God created earth in 7 “creative periods”
-Joseph Smith taught that God didn’t create the earth out of nothing, contrary to what many Christians then and now believe. This was revolutionary for his day. It was revelation that he received from God. This shows God using science not magic.
-the holding of earth being 2.555 billion years old as Joseph Smith said, this makes sense with Egyptian records, it also makes sense with LDS scripture that the earth is 7000 years of temporal life. Because a day to God is 1000 years to man. So 365000 years to man is one year to God. So 2.555 billion devided by 365000 equals exactly 7000!
IN OTHER WORDS: the idea is that if the earth is 2.555 billion years old then it would be 7000 God years old. That would match the scripture saying the earth has a temporal life span of 7000 years (D&C 77:6). 365000 years is one year to God (because 1000 of our years is a day to God). So how long is 2.555 billion in God’s time? 7000 years. This is just one possible theory. It could also be refering to the time since Adam fell till the end of the Millennium being 7000 years or it could be a dual fulfilling prophecy.
-Brigham Young taught that while the earth being very old is hard for many traditional Christians to swallow, it’s not a hard thing for the Latter-day Saints to embrace. (See articles below)
-“The Mormon understanding of education is inclusive, not only of different kinds of learning, but in other ways as well. Church teachings outline a vast field of valuable knowledge, incorporating an unlimited array of secular and religious subjects. Geography, culture, history, science and innumerable other subjects fall within these wide parameters, which extend well beyond the conventional scope of religious knowledge. (See Doctrine and Covenants 88:79; 90:15.) Indeed, at one level, Mormons do not distinguish between “secular” and “religious” knowledge. They regard all forms of truth as relevant and sacred.” (http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormons-and-education-an-overview#_ftn16)
-D&C 88:78-79 “78 Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;
79 Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass”
-D&C 88:78 be “instructed more perfectly in theory” (*Scientific theory isn’t mere hypothesis, it’s supported by evidence; see definition of scientific theory)
-from Deseret News: “Scott Trotter, spokesman for the LDS Church, offered further clarification:
“Science and religion are not at odds in our faith. We accept truth wherever it is found and take the pragmatic view that where religion and science seem to clash, it is simply because there is insufficient data to reconcile the two.”
” (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865557613/Science-and-faith-Navigating-the-world-of-discovery.html?pg=all; Evolution, dinosaurs and faith: Navigating the world of discovery; By Hunter Schwarz, Deseret News
Published: Saturday, June 16 2012 )
-“a 1909 statement — signed by President Joseph F. Smith and his counselors — contained a couple of paragraphs that were “quite anti-evolutionary, yet they don’t come right out and say it’s false, but it doesn’t take much to say that’s what the intent was,” Jeffery said. “It has been published ever since by anti-science writers in the church ever since as the official position.” But what is less well-known “is what has happened since then,” Jeffery said. Letters began arriving at the office of the First Presidency after the 1909 statement, and in December 1910 another message was released, saying in part, “Our religion is not hostile to real science. That which is demonstrated, we accept with joy . . . ” …….“on April 7, 1931, the First Presidency called all the general authorities together and distributed a seven-page memo that “said straight out the church has no position on pre-Adamites or death before the fall of Adam, Jeffery said. “They basically said, ‘leave the subject alone” …….“Talmage gave an address at the Salt Lake Tabernacle in August 1931 which was later published under the direction of the First Presidency over Smith’s objections, Jeffery said'”……”The two scientists have recently published their own book, “Mormonism and Evolution: the Authoritative LDS Statements,” that includes the “BYU packet” along with a variety of other “authoritative statements.” One is by current LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, quoted in a book by Larry A. Witham, “Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America.” “What the church requires is only belief ‘that Adam was the first man of what we would call the human race.'” President Hinckley added that scientists can speculate on the rest, and recalled his own study of anthropology and geology, saying, “Studied all about it. Didn’t worry me then. Doesn’t worry me now.”” (Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com/article/635188399/No-definitive-LDS-stance-on-evolution-study-finds.html?pg=all; No definitive LDS stance on evolution, study finds By Carrie A. Moore, Deseret News Published: Wednesday, March 1 2006)
-Elder Holland in the 2015 General Conference shows Adam and Eve lived in a garden setting alone without death or posterity, then death and posterity came from a choice they made, which causes a need for Jesus Christ to come and redeem the human race. It also shows that we don’t know what happened before Adam and Eve. (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/04/where-justice-love-and-mercy-meet?lang=eng)
-see http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-scale-of-creation-in-space-and-time/ The Scale of Creation in Space and Time John S. Lewis
-see –BioLogos.org; promoted by evangelical Christians as a place to explore “compatibility of evolutionary creation and biblical faith.” (Site suggested in Deseret News Article )