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FDSCI 101 Day 17
Transcript of FDSCI 101 Day 17
We are starting a new unit today
I am not astonished that infidelity prevails to a great extent among the inhabitants of the earth, for the religious teachers of the people advance many ideas and notions for truth which are in opposition to and contradict facts demonstrated by science, and which are generally understood.
[ Journal of Discourses 14:115-116]
You take, for instance, our geologists, and they tell us that this earth has been in existence for thousands and millions of years. They think, and they have good reason or their faith, that their researches and investigations enable them to demonstrate that this earth has been in existence as long as they assert it has; and they say,
“If the Lord, as religionists declare, made the earth out of nothing in six days, six thousand years ago, our studies are all vain; but by what we can learn from nature and the immutable laws of the Creator as revealed therein, we know that your theories are incorrect and consequently we must reject your religions as false and vain; we must be what you call infidels, with the demonstrated truths of science in our possession; or, rejecting those truths, become enthusiasts in, what you call, Christianity.”
In these respects we differ from the Christian world, for our religion will not clash with or contradict the facts of science in any particular. You may take geology, for instance, and it is true science; not that I would say for a moment that all the conclusions and deductions of its professors are true, but its leading principles are; they are facts--they are eternal; and to assert that the Lord made this earth out of nothing is preposterous and impossible.
God never made something out of nothing; it is not in the economy or law by which the worlds were, are, or will exist. There is an eternity before us, and it is full of matter, and if we but understand enough of the Lord and his ways we would say that he took of this matter and organized this earth from it. How long it has been organized it is not for me to say, and I do not care anything about it.
There most have been some questions about science even in Brigham Youngs day.
Do you think there would be more or less quesions about science and religion today?
The Mormon Scientist
What thoughts did you have
regarding your readings from
Where there problems with Religion and Science
in his day?
Are these issues still around today?
Are they still problems?
What's the solution?
How are we as memebers of the church
similiar to the Christians presented here?
How are we different?
Why are we even addressing this issue?
What are the dangers of evolution?
1 Alternative to God
Where did we come from
Needed radioactive dating
2 Discredits the Bible
Creation, Flood, etc
Our goal here today is not to sway any one
to one oppinion or belief over another, nor
are we to dilute the teaching of religion or
science to unacceptable sources of truth.
Rather to point out that neither source has
the full answers presently.
I would like to think I take the side of Dr. Eyring
Pres. J. R. Clark, Pres. Young.
Science has answers, some are true, but it doesn't have all the answers.
Religion has answers; they are all true, but they
are focused more on spirituality and salvation.
And finally that the two fit together, it is impossible, in my faith, for God to break laws or be ignorant of such, and the gospel must therefor over arch and cover all science, even in this fallen world.