The following is an excerpt from an article by Peggy Fletcher Stack which originally was published in the SLTrib on Feb 13th, 2009:
(Daniel) “Fairbanks (associate dean at UVU in Orem) believes with most biologists that evolution is the unifying theory in the field. . . .
Last year, Fairbanks published an acclaimed primer called Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA. It has been hailed by scientists and religious figures alike.
“We are obligated to examine experimental data and interpret it in an objective way, without allowing nonscientific beliefs to influence our interpretations,” Fairbanks (a Mormon) says. “As more information comes along, we revise those interpretations.”
“But that is no reason to reject God or Mormon scriptures, which, he says, explain why God created the world, not how.
You run into a problem if you try to interpret scriptures too literally. Where do you draw the line?” Fairbanks asks. “I just don’t bother to draw the line. I look at the Bible as a guide on how to live my life. I don’t try to fit it with a particular historical framework.””