Science and Mormonism

On 22 Sep 2011, John Welch, the Robert K. Thomas professor of law and editor-in-chief at BYU Studies, gave the 12th annual Summerhays lecture at BYU.  I’ve been unable to find the text of his speech, but I did find Emma Penrod’s article from The Daily Universe:

[According to Welch] science and Mormonism have far too much in common to continue to behave as embittered enemies. . . .

Welch . . . spoke of the importance of staying current on topics where science and religion intersect and of building bridges between science and religion. . .

“It is time for us to call a peace treaty,” Welch said.  “If there is a war between religion and science, it has gone on long enough.”

Welch pointed out that both Mormonism and science strive to obtain truth, giving the two a common goal.

“Our ongoing task is to be building bridges,” he said, “even if it means laying ourselves down as a bridge over troubled waters, taking fire from both sides.”

To do so, Welch said that Mormons must stop “shooting [them]selves in the foot with bad arguments,” and read current publications on the connection between LDS beliefs and modern science.

Hopefully, I will soon be able to find the text of Welch’s lecture.

With the accelerating advances in science and technology, Welch’s points are very valid.  I would like to see something like this lecture published as an article in the Ensign.

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One Response to Science and Mormonism

  1. buraianto says:

    “Our ongoing task is to be building bridges,” he said, “even if it means laying ourselves down as a bridge over troubled waters, taking fire from both sides.”

    A sacrifice well worth the cost.

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