Evolution and Mormonism

This is just a brief post to say that my future posts on Evolution will be posted to my other blog. I am no longer interested in the controversy in Mormonism on the subject of Evolution. It’s simple- you can be LDS and believe in Evolution. It is not “Evil-lution” or even a “deadly heresy” (thank you, Mr. Bruce McConkie). Evolution happened. It is the most accepted theory among scientists on where our species came from. I continue interested in this subject simply because Biology is interesting- maybe more so because I want to help my family and friends around to be more enlightened on the subject. Anyways, the Church’s official positions on organic Evolution can be found here (notice David O. McKay’s response). Unless I find something specifically about Evolution and Mormonism, I will now be posting my findings on Evolution on my other blog.

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~ by bonoboi on November 5, 2006.

6 Responses to “Evolution and Mormonism”

  1. Let’s be humble and remember that evolution is a scientific theory, not fact. Just because the majority of scientists believe it occured does not mean it really did. As scientific knowledge and understanding continues to increase through the decades and centuries, it is quite possible that the scientific theory of evolution will “evolve” into something else.

  2. [This is a response to Teancum’s Comment af few months ago. I didn’t think it worth my time to rebuttal over this obvious subject, but I thought I would give him the chance to study up on the latest in the debates over ID and Evolution that I have recently compiled].

    Evolution is just a theory, yes, as is Gravity and many other well know FACTS. These facts are termed “theory”s because a theory is a well known, repeatedly tested claim by scientists. Nothing in Science will ever be know 100% because new information can always trump and help progress old information that is the beauty of Science, but as of now, Evolution is as factual as is Gravity, or anything else we take as true science/fact.

    From TalkOrigins.org:

    Calling the theory of evolution “only a theory” is, strictly speaking, true, but the idea it tries to convey is completely wrong. The argument rests on a confusion between what “theory” means in informal usage and in a scientific context. A theory, in the scientific sense, is “a coherent group of general propositions used as principles of explanation for a class of phenomena” [Random House American College Dictionary]. The term does not imply tentativeness or lack of certainty. Generally speaking, scientific theories differ from scientific laws only in that laws can be expressed more tersely. Being a theory implies self-consistency, agreement with observations, and usefulness. (Creationism fails to be a theory mainly because of the last point; it makes few or no specific claims about what we would expect to find, so it can’t be used for anything. When it does make falsifiable predictions, they prove to be false.)

    Lack of proof isn’t a weakness, either. On the contrary, claiming infallibility for one’s conclusions is a sign of hubris. Nothing in the real world has ever been rigorously proved, or ever will be. Proof, in the mathematical sense, is possible only if you have the luxury of defining the universe you’re operating in. In the real world, we must deal with levels of certainty based on observed evidence. The more and better evidence we have for something, the more certainty we assign to it; when there is enough evidence, we label the something a fact, even though it still isn’t 100% certain.

    What evolution has is what any good scientific claim has–evidence, and lots of it. Evolution is supported by a wide range of observations throughout the fields of genetics, anatomy, ecology, animal behavior, paleontology, and others. If you wish to challenge the theory of evolution, you must address that evidence. You must show that the evidence is either wrong or irrelevant or that it fits another theory better. Of course, to do this, you must know both the theory and the evidence.

    There you have it, I recommend you study the podcasts on evolution I have archived for your convenience here:

    http://markii.wordpress.com/2006/11/03/4-new-podcasts-with-michael-shermer-why-darwin-matters-and-id/
    http://markii.wordpress.com/2006/11/03/jerry-coyne-the-case-against-intelligent-design/
    http://markii.wordpress.com/2006/10/12/the/

    The studies will be worth it. You will see the world with a new lens after you’ve listened to these few podcasts on the subject of Evolution.

    Let me know what you think after you have studied the.

    Mark

  3. […] 15th, 2007 [This is a response to Teancum’s Comment af few months ago where he said: Let’s be humble and remember that evolution is a scientific […]

  4. By the way, if anyone happens to find this post and these comments, please comment here: http://markii.wordpress.com/2007/02/15/isnt-evolution-just-a-theory/

    Thank you!

  5. Here is the English version of an article on science and Mormonism that I published awhile back in my blog “Interlingua multilingue”:
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    Science and the Mormons

    The Mormons are a religious sect that emerged from Christianity in the United States in the Nineteenth Century. They added to the Bible their own scripture, the Book of Mormon, translated by Joseph Smith from an original text in a language he called Reformed Egyptian. According to the mythology of the Mormons, in 1827 the angel Moroni gave Smith these texts, which were engraved on golden tables. Smith could understand them without learning their language through the divine magic of two special lenses that he used to read them while he translated them.

    Smith and his followers were persecuted by traditional Christians, who forced them to travel slowly and with great sacrifices until they reached what is now Utah, where their descendants dominate the religious and social life of this American state.

    According to the Mormons, the Indians of the Americas came from Egypt more than 2,000 (two thousand) years ago. They used this myth to convert many Indians to their religion. “We were taught that all the blessings of our Hebrew ancestors made us a special people,” said Jose a Loyaza, a lawyer in Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah. “And this identity gave us a sense of transcendental affiliation, a special identity with God.” But Loyaza gradually learned that there was another outrageous irony to his faith.

    He rejected his religion after learning that evidence provided by comparative DNA studies between American Indians and Asians conclusively proved that the first humans that migrated to the Americas came not from the Middle East but from Asia.

    For the Mormons this genetic confirmation of the origin of the Indians in the Americas is a fundamental collision of science against religion. It is in direct conflict with the Book of Mormon, which, according to their religion, is a completely error-free historical work that must be interpreted literally.

    The Book of Mormon is also fundamentally racist. It narrates that a tribe of Hebrews from Jeruselem went to the Americas in 600 B.C. and split up into two groups, the Nephites and the Lamanites. The Nephites carried the “true” religion to the new world and were in constant conflict with the Lamanites, who practiced idolatry. The Nephites were white (in 1980 the Mormons changed the word to “pure”), and the Lamanites received from God “The curse of blackness.”

    The Book of Mormon also narrates that in 385 A.D. the Lamanites exterminated all the other Hebrews and became the principal ancestors of the American Indians. But the Mormons insist that if the Lamanites returned to the “true” religion (Mormonism, quite naturally), their skin would eventually become white like the skin of the Nephites that their ancestors had exterminated.

    But despite these outrageous racist insults, many Indians and Polynesians (who also, according to the Mormons, are the descendants of the Lamanites) converted to Mormonism instead of telling the Mormons to go fuck themselves. (Through some perverse mechanism in human psychology, these converts are like homosexual priests who support the Roman catholic church or other gay people who support any type of Christianity.)

    “The fiction that I was a Lamanite,” said Damon Kali, a lawyer in Sunnyvale, California, whose ancestors came from Polynesian islands, “was the principal reason that I converted to Mormonism.” He had been a missionary for the Mormans before he discovered that genetic evidence proved that the Lamanites were only a religious myth, and he could not continue his efforts to convert others to Mormonism.

    Officially the Mormon church insists that nothing in the Book of Mormon is incompatible with the genetic evidence. Some Mormons are now saying that the Levites were a small group of Hebrews that went to Central America and after many generations of marrying with the natives they met, their Hebrew DNA disappeared into the DNA of their neighbors.

    In 2002, officers of the church started a trial to excommunicate Thomas W. Murphy, a professor of anthropology at Edmonds Community College in Washington, an American state at the extreme northwest of the continental United States.

    His trial attracted a lot of attention in the American public communications media, which ridiculed the church and insisted that Murphy was the Galileo of Mormonism. The general contempt provoked by this publicity seriously embarrassed the officers of the church, and they stopped the trial.

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