This is exciting!And yet, so many good LDS people still
believe the Earth is less then 12,000 years old.
@ LDS Tree-HuggerThere is a a reason for that. It is difficult to
reconcile LDS interpretation of OT Adamic scriptures, with evolutionary biology.
Other related problematic issues, the tradition that there was no death prior
to the apple incident and the idea that all things once living upon the face of
the earth, will be resurrected. Even if you limit the belief to there was no
human death until after the apple incident, reconciliation is a stretch. It is
not just an LDS problem. So of course, when beliefs and evidence appear to
conflict, the obvious solution is to ignore the evidence.
One of a Few:In my opinion, it is not difficult to reconcile the
concept of OT Adamic scripture and evolutionary biology. There is no pure OT
Adamic scripture. The oldest books are attributed to Moses. The Genesis
accounts are obviously temple texts, full of ritual meaning, often metaphorical.
The tree of knowledge is an entrance into mortality. There is no
physical death for any child of God until they take that step. I think that this
initiating of life could be both an event and an ongoing process.
"Adam" is a plural word in Hebrew. That name could mean all of humanity
or a single individual. I believe there were first humans on the timeline. I
am pretty sure it occurred long before 4000 BCE. The tree of life is equated
with a direct relationship with deity and a continuity of life. This is
impossible until a lifelong learning/repentance process is implemented. Granted, some church leaders expressed some fundamentalist notions in
the early 20th century. And I have problems with some evolutionary biologists
expressing atheistic notions not supported by science. But many LDS people love
natural history and the scriptures, and have no qualms about evolutionary
I was trying to find out where in this article the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter day Saints was ever mentioned and I couldn't find it. Maybe some of
the other posters read a different article.
Maybe this world we live on was formed by the debris of other worlds colliding
to form earth and those other worlds had living species we now discover as past
creatures and humanoids. Could be and would answer a lot of questions.In any event, I am certainly open to some options here and someday we'll
find out--just like we found out the world was not flat.
@ LDS Tree-Hugger are you serious dude? The name 'King of Gore'
didn't give you are hint? This is one of Al Gore's creation following
his most famous internet creation
From watching nature shows I have learned that several times in the history of
this earth that life has been wiped out and then quite quickly was repopulated
with other types of species.To me this suggests the earth was seeded
with life, plants and animals and people, not that evolution is responsible for
all diversity of life on the planet.
Evolution is a FACT.The doctrine of Eternal Progression supports it as
well.BTW -- I had a very will educated (7 doctorate degrees in
biology) good and faithful LDS Bishop working at the Smithsonian Instutde in
Washington D.C. explain it to me like this:Science explains HOW God
does things, Religion explains WHY he/she does things.Those
who get confused, are the ones trying to do all that explaining backwards.
To "LDS Tree-Hugger" if evolution is a fact, then why do they still call
it a THEORY. If it is a theory, that means that it is just an idea and is not a