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. (This has been rewritten afterwards, since it was an announcement.)
Is biological evolution still a live issue for faith? How does it interact with LDS scripture and the temple? For some people, no. For others, very much so, and the reasons go much deeper than are apparent.
On Feb 28, I spoke in a home in the Chevy Chase area on (YouTube link) “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.
Then, Sunday Mar 1 at the DC Temple Visitors Center at 6:30, I spoke on a related topic, (YouTube link) Reconciling the Temple with Science, Creation, and Evolution: A Faithful Approach. This draws 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.
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