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Title Volume 08, Number 3, 4, Autumn-Winter 1973
Subject Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
Description Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Description Seers, Savants and Evolution I 69 respects, it is encouraging to note that the current Gospel Doctrine manual/9 which deals directly with the creation scriptures from both the Bible and modern scripture, steers deliberately clear of any interpretational hang-ups. It propounds with Brigham Young that the critical message is not what method was used in creation, but that God was responsible for creation. Above all, it would appear that teachers should grow beyond pushing their own views or those of their favorite general authority, to embark on a quest for truth rather than an indoctrination of one-sided dogma. Perhaps the sentiments of Apostle John Taylor are relevant: I do not want to be frightened about hell-fire, pitchforks, and serpents, nor to be scared to death with hobgoblins and ghosts, nor anything of the kind that is got up to scare the ignorant; but I want truth, intelligence, and something that will bear investigation. I want to probe things to the bottom and to find out the truth if there is any way to find it out.100 And further: . . . our religion . . . embraces every principle of truth and intelligence pertaining to us as moral, intellectual, mortal and immortal beings, pertaining to this world and the world that is to come. We are open to truth of every kind, no matter whence it comes, where it originates, or who believes in it. ... A man in search of truth has no peculiar system to sustain, no peculiar dogma to defend or theory to uphold; he embraces all truth, and that truth, like the sun in the firmament, shines forth and spreads its effulgent rays over all creation, and if men will divest themselves of bias and prejudice, and prayerfully and conscientiously search after truth, they will find it wherever they turn their attention.101 Notes 1By "evolution" in this article we refer only to the general concept that living things as we know them today have over a long period of time been developed by differentiation from a single or several primordial entities; i.e., descent with modification. Other tighter or more specialized definitions do not generally apply here; we shall be content with just the very general concept portrayed by Darwin, in his closing sentence to The Origin of Species (26. and all subsequent editions): "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, . . . from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved." 2Cf. Lerner, I. M., "The Concept of Natural Selection: A Centennial View," Proc. Am. Philosophical Soc, 103(2) :i73-i82, 1959; reprinted in Laetsch, W. M. (ed), The Biological Perspective (Little, Brown & Co., 1969). An excellent statement of what natural selection is, and isn't, is Dobzhansky, Th., "Creative Evolution," Diogenes, 60 ."62-74,1967. Materials pertinent to the current level of acceptance of the main body of evolutionary concepts are: Muller, H. J., "Biologists' Statement on Teaching Evolution," Bull. Atom. Scientists, 23:39-40, 1967, and S. Tax (ed.), Evolution After Darwin (U. of Chicago Press, i960), which encompasses in three volumes the proceedings of the Darwin Centennial Celebration (symposium) at the U. of Chicago in 1959. A rather critical but factually reliable appraisal of the current status of evolutionary knowledge, particularly as it applies to invertebrate animals, is Kerkut, G. A., Implications of Evolution (Pergamon Press, New York, i960). Reviews of this work by Bonner, J. T., Am. Sci., 49:240-244, 1961, and Dobzhansky, Th., Science, 133:752, 1961, will also prove valuable. The review by Bullock, W., J. Am. Sci. Affil., 16(14): 125-6, 1964 will be of particular interest to those interested in religious correlations. ^Improvement Era (hereafter Era), 6:233, 1003; H. B. Lee, Ensign, 2(12)12-3, 'L97:i- ,4First Presidency (Joseph F. Smith, et. ah) Deseret News, Aug. 2, 1913 (also in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency, 4:284-286,1970); H. B. Lee, Era, 73(6) =63-65,1970; Ensign, 3(1) :iO4-io8, 1973. 5The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 68:2-4. 6Clark, J. Reuben, Jr., "When Are Church Leader's Words Entitled to Claim of Scripture?"
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