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 133 colleagues, or to those with whom I engage in religious conversation, that it is not belief with me, it is knowledge, in the context of the way the scriptures describe to me that knowledge." There are sacred things that go to make up the nature of my testimony, that allow me to say that I know that certain things are true—and there is no way that I cannot say that. It would be dishonest of me to say that I do not know, because I do know. I know every bit as much as if I looked with my eyes because I have another sense, I have another receptor, that is every bit as accurate as the receptor mechanisms in my eyes, my ears, my taste, my smell and my touch. It is as finely honed and as finely tuned as any of those things are. It is as reproduc-able as anything I can do otherwise. You know, even this kind of an interview is a spiritual experience to me, because again as I relate certain things there are feelings that come to me that I have come to recognize that are almost daily with me and are beyond the realm of coincidence. I knew, for ten days before I was called to the stake presidency, that that call was coming. And that was an experience that went on for every one of those ten days, and which was as real and reproducible as it was profound and intense—a magnificent and instructional experience. In fact, I would have been in real trouble if I had not been called to the stake presidency because it would have fouled up everything that I have learned to interpret. But it was there, it came. I feel that those who cannot intellectually feel comfortable with saying they know that God lives, they know that Jesus is the Christ, they know the Book of Mormon is true, are in some way missing the experiences that I have had. I have never been misled by that internal feeling. Now if you talk about statistics about how do you know something, that is a pretty good average.