Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
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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Dialogues on Science and Religion I ng But no other specific things that would emerge out of your discipline naturally like... Not really. In fact, to me medical practice is such that I find confirmatory evidence rather than contradictory evidence. The things that I sometimes find disturbing have to do with individuals rather than any kind of Church doctrine. I find nothing in Church doctrine which I feel to be incompatible with true science or any kind of compatible human life style. Are there issues in your field of research and professional practice that present problems to others who do not hold as firmly as you to the teachings of the Church? I would say that the greatest problems that I see in people who are in my profession have to do with an unwillingness to commit their time or means to the Church. If one adds to that disobedience (I put it that way knowing the harshness, perhaps, of that term) to certain laws and commandments of the Church and the attempt to rationalize such disobedience, you can account for most problems people have with the Church. Of the individuals I know who at one time had a knowledge and testimony of the Gospel and departed from it, their alienation from the Church has been caused by a love of worldly goods, by time pressures or by an inability to keep certain moral or physical commandments. A few times it has been because of implied interpersonal differences. In medicine or in science one has a way of developing something that is in a very real way independent of religion. One comes to feel sometimes that he or she has almost god-like powers of being able to thwart or turn back disease. At the same time, one also has the feeling in the research lab, such as the one next door here, that one can discover things that are new and that the discovering capacity is innate. If one finds that in the Church one does not have the commensurate satisfaction that one gains from one's scientific work, it is easy to delude oneself by saying, "My true calling in life is to be a healer and helper of people through medicine." What one really may not be saying to oneself is, "I am not getting satisfaction out of religion because I am not willing to put into it what I put into my profession or to my research endeavours." When one maintains balance, one finds, I feel, every bit as great a satisfaction in the religious experience. In fact, at times it greatly transcends what one experiences professionally, because of the fact that it is a different type of experience. Yet at the same time there can be a similarity with religious experience in everything else that one does. The discovery in the laboratory of the secrets of the universe causes at times a thrilling internal surge or burning that is similar to those feelings one experiences when engaged in priesthood functions. When medicine is practiced with the Spirit of the Lord, and when there is a seeking of divine guidance in the practice and the diagnosis or treatment of medical disease, there is a sweetness and an accompanying conviction that comes that causes one to feel, "Now I am truly doing what the Lord meant me to do with respect to my profession." As far as I am concerned, one's profession really is part of one's religion. After a period of time, it becomes not a secular endeavour but a religious endeavour. We believe that all truth is part of religion and, therefore, no matter what I do professionally, it is really part of my priesthood function.