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.