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Science and Mormonism:
Cosmos, Earth, and Man


David H. Bailey, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, John H. Lewis, Gregory L. Smith, and Michael L. Stark (eds.)

Science and Mormonism Symposium Series 1

Orem and Salt Lake City, Utah: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2016

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Science and Mormonism have nearly always been on very friendly terms, with Church members sharing the deep conviction that, as expressed by former scientist and apostle Elder James E. Talmage, “within the gospel of Jesus Christ there is room and place for every truth thus far learned by man, or yet to be made known.” Subsequent Presidents and General Authorities of the Church have advanced similar views about the ultimate compatibility of religious and scientific truths and, with notably few exceptions, have maintained markedly positive attitudes toward both the methods and conclusions of mainstream science and the advance of modern technology.

The First Interpreter Science and Mormonism Symposium was held on 9 November 2013 with a focus on the topics of Cosmos, Earth, and Man. In this volume of expanded proceedings from this event, readers will enjoy concise and colorful summaries of the state-of-the-art in research relating to these topics and will gain a deeper appreciation of the unique contributions of LDS doctrine to the ongoing conversation.

Table of Contents:

  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface – Daniel C. Peterson
  • General Perspectives
    • Introduction – David H. Bailey and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
    • Science vs. Religion: Can This Marriage Be Saved? – David H. Bailey
    • Twenty Questions about Science and Religion – David H. Bailey
    • Forging a Friendly Alliance Between Mormonism and Science – John W. Welch
    • Science and Mormonism – Henry Eyring
    • Answering New Atheism and Seeking a Sure Knowledge of God – Amy L. Williams
    • Science and Genesis: A Personal View – Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
    • Frequently Asked Questions About Science and Genesis – Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
  • Cosmos and Earth
    • The Scale of Creation in Space and Time – John S. Lewis
    • Joseph Smith and Modern Cosmology – Ron Hellings
    • The Outer Solar System: A Window to the Creative Breadth of Divinity – Jani Radebaugh
    • From All Eternity to All Eternity: Deep Time and the Gospel – Bart J. Kowallis
    • The Earth and Man – James E. Talmage
  • Life Sciences
    • Understanding Evolution: An LDS Scientific Perspective – Steven L. Peck
    • The Theory of Evolution Is Compatible with Both Belief and Unbelief – David M. Belnap
    • Questions and Comments about Evolution – David M. Belnap
    • Who Is Adam? – Trent D. Stephens
    • Life Sciences Panel – Emily Bates, R. Paul Evans, Steven L. Peck, Michael R. Stark, Trent D. Stephens
    • LDS Statements on Evolution and the Origin of Man
  • Contributors
  • Figure Credits
  • Scripture Index
  • Index of Statements by LDS Apostles and Prophets
  • Topical Index

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