Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article by James E. Talmage originally appeared in Science & Mormonism Series 1: Cosmos, Earth, and Man (2016).
Abstract: Elder James E. Talmage, the late apostle and geologist, asserts the reality of death before the Fall. He describes how vegetation and animals “lived and died, age after age, while the earth was yet unfit for human habitation.” He affirms the reality of Adam and Eve as historic personages, while asserting that “there must have been races of human sort upon earth long before” our “first parents” lived. While mindful that evolution was, in 1930, “but a theory, an unproved hypothesis” still in need of additional empirical support, he reminds the reader that the Gospel “is up-to-date and ever shall be.”
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