Part of our book chapter reprint series, this introduction by David H. Bailey and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw originally appeared in Science & Mormonism Series 1: Cosmos, Earth, and Man (2016).
Abstract: From the beginning, Latter-day Saints have rejected the notion that science and religion are incompatible. In this article, we give an overview of studies that have surveyed the professional participation of Latter-day Saint in science and the views of American academics and scientists on religion in general, Latter-day Saints in particular, and why many thoughtful people in our day might be disinclined to take religion seriously. We conclude with a brief survey of current Latter-day Saint perspectives on science. Our brief survey demonstrates that it is not only futile for religion and science to battle each other; it is also unnecessary.
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