It’s been a remarkably good Monday morning. Chilly, but I scored a $72 long-sleeve Merino wool bike jersey for $18 recently, and so went out for a 24-mile ride in 40 degree weather.
Made myself chilaquiles afterwards. Bit of a foodie here.
But more importantly, we’ve crossed our t’s and dotted our i’s, so… I will be in the Washington DC area this weekend, doing two firesides. I know this announcement is sudden; technically I’m coming out for a family funeral, but I’d talked to people before about doing this, and now I have opportunity.
Is biological evolution still a live issue for faith? For some people, no. For others, very much so, and the reasons go much deeper than are apparent.
Friday night at 7pm (Feb 28), I’ll be speaking in a home in the Chevy Chase area on “Science falsely so called”: Biological Evolution in LDS History and Scripture. That first line is from 1 Timothy 6:20, and has often been applied to evolution as a “false science”; I’ll flip that on its head, as scripture has often been read as “science” but wrongly. Basically, how and why did Latter-day Saint views towards evolution and creationism develop in the 20th century? I suspect much of this will be new to people, drawing from my dissertation research on LDS history of the topic, fundamentalism, scriptural interpretation/genre, and my Mormon History Association presentation this June.
Space is limited to about 50, and local word has already gone out. If you have firm intentions of attending, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll send out the address of the home on a first-come, first-serve basis, probably starting Thursday.
Then, Sunday night (Mar 1) at the DC Temple Visitors Center at 6:30, I’ll speak on a related topic, Reconciling the Temple with Science, Creation, and Evolution: A Faithful Approach. This will draw on my dissertation, but also my book research, posts on genre and the temple (this one too), and presentations at FAIR (2017 and 2019) and UVU. My guides for that will be the scriptures and the temple (although appropriately vague), but also Elder John Widtsoe, and President J. Reuben Clark.
Space at the Visitors’ Center should not be an issue at all, so share widely. There’s a Pdf flier here.
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