Latter-day Biblical Literalism (Part II) Guest Post by David H. Bailey

Science

It should be abundantly clear that the Bible was never intended to be a rigorous scientific treatise in our modern sense.  Talmage, for instance, wrote, “The opening chapters of Genesis, and scriptures related thereto, were never intended as a textbook of geology, archaeology, earth-science or man-science.”  Nonetheless, many today insist on a literal reading of the Genesis, holding that the earth (or even the entire universe) was created a few thousand years ago over a 6-day (or 6,000-year) period, that there was no life or death on earth prior to this, and that species are unchanged since creation.  Needless to say, these notions are at odds with modern science, and lead to the blasphemous notion that God has planted evidence to mislead us.

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Latter-day Biblical Literalism (Part I) Guest Post by David H. Bailey

Introduction

The eighth Article of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reads (in its current form) “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”  Some in the LDS Church today interpret this to mean that the entire King James Bible, possibly excluding a few mistranslated verses, is the literal, inerrant word of God.

Yet the LDS movement was founded on a rejection of biblical inerrancy. Continue reading Latter-day Biblical Literalism (Part I) Guest Post by David H. Bailey

SL Tribune explores Evolution and Faith

This Saturday’s Salt Lake Tribune is devoted to Evolution and Faith. Check out Peggy Stack’s article on LDS biologist Dan Fairbanks in particular.

I also found this letter from American Christian Clergy interesting Continue reading SL Tribune explores Evolution and Faith

The Depth of Darwin

Job and his buddies have been trying to figure out how God works in the world. Job is being tried, well, like Job. His friends insist he must of have done something wrong. Job says no, Continue reading The Depth of Darwin

Charles Darwin Bicentennial Week at BYU

For those of you who live close enough to BYU, come join us for Charles Darwin Bicentennial Week at BYU 1809-2009. It is the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150 anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species.

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