Posted on January 5, 2010 by Joe O.
I once heard it said when I was a young undergraduate that the creation accounts – particularly that of Abraham – fit very well with evolutionary accounts of creation. A casual read of Abraham seems to confirm this: earth, void; waters divided from earth; plants come up from the earth; fish and fowl; beasts of the earth; man. This sort of progression would make sense from an evolutionary perspective – creation evolves from simple to complex.
But add Moses’ account into the mix and things become a little dicier. (more…)
Filed under: Culture, Folk Theologies, Science | Tagged: creation, evolution, Faith, Good ol' Abraham, LDS, Mormon Culture, Mormon Doctrine, Moses, Philosophy, Science, Science and Religion, Scripture | 5 Comments »
Posted on November 7, 2008 by Dan
I hear the word “objective” used fairly often. I’ve heard it at home, at the university, at work, and even at church on occasion. One thing I think we fail to appreciate is that this word can have several different meanings and that some of these meanings may convey more philosophical baggage than we might know.
Although there may be more ways to use the word, I’ve decided to deal specifically with two ways I hear the word “objective” used daily.
Filed under: Philosophy, Science | Tagged: foreknowledge of God, God, Kant, Latter-day Saints, LDS Church, Mormons, noumena, objective, phenomena, philosophy of science, Plato, revelation, Richard Rorty, Science, Science and Religion, Thomas Kuhn, truth | 5 Comments »
Posted on September 18, 2008 by Jeff Thayne
Many of us compartmentalize our lives in a way that would seem strange to scholars of past centuries. We talk about our religious lives and our academic lives as though they were two separate things, divided in a way that protects one from the effects of an error in the other, as a bulkhead on a ship may protect other compartments from being flooded by water. However, this modern separation of our academic and spiritual life is a very recent development. I believe that the division between spiritual and secular knowledge is a false distinction, and, as Richard Williams has pointed out, found nowhere in scripture.1
Filed under: Mormon Doctrine, Philosophy, Science | Tagged: apostasy, Carl Rogers, compartmentalization, Dallin H. Oaks, Great Apostasy, knowledge, Neil A. Maxwell, Philosophy, potter's clay, progression, Restoration, Restoration of All Things, Restored Gospel, Richard Williams, sacred, Science, Scripture, secular, truth, turning of things upside down, unconditional positive regard | 16 Comments »
Posted on May 17, 2008 by Brady
I was intrigued by Joe’s recent post and the hubbub of comments that ensued, so I decided to weigh in on a tangent to the issues Joe and a number of commenters raised. The issue is this: In pointing out the unsecure footing of the scientific worldview, critics sometimes claim that scientists have faith in science just as religious persons have faith in God. (more…)
Filed under: Philosophy, Science | Tagged: epistemology, Faith, Philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, Religion, Science, Science and Religion, uncertainty | 27 Comments »
Posted on May 13, 2008 by Joe O.
A more appropriate title to this blog post would be “Why I hate that the public schools teach ‘creation’ by evolution and do not teach the Biblical account of creation,” but aside from being too wordy, I thought the inappropriate title might persuade more people to read this entry. After all, the second title might lead one to think that I’m in favor of creationism and who wants to hear another argument for creationism? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that I frankly don’t care for creationism (and for that matter, I don’t care much for intelligent design…or Ben Stein). But in spite of my apathy toward creationism, I am still greatly miffed by this country’s ridiculous replacement of one creation story (evolution) with another (the Biblical account). (more…)
Filed under: Literature, Philosophy, Science | Tagged: Aldous Huxley, Arts, Ben Stein, Bible, creation, creationism, evolution, Expelled, intelligent design, literature, myth, narrative theology, public education, Science, scriptures | 98 Comments »
Posted on April 13, 2008 by Dennis
A brief play from Wendell Berry’s Life is a Miracle:
Isaiah (finger in the air and somewhat oblivious of the historical superiority of the modern audience): The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as of the flower of the field.
Edward O. Wilson (somewhat impressed, but nevertheless determined to do his bit for “evolutionary progress”): But . . . but, sir! Are you aware of the existence of the electromagnetic spectrum?
Filed under: Science | Tagged: E.O. Wilson, Faith, Isaiah, Noah, Philosophy, Science, Scripture, the Flood, Wendell Berry | 4 Comments »